If you have tried any of my pojagi window hanging patterns, you will know that a lot of them involve joining pieces and then trimming then down to a specific size and shape. Because of that, I have a lot of odd-shaped scraps. I didn’t want to get rid of them because some of them are pretty big, but they didn’t fit any other patterns.
So when I heard about Swan Amity’s Summer Scrap Elimination Challenge, that was the incentive I needed. I came up with an improv-style quick project that uses the odd-shaped scraps I had.
This is not an exact pattern, but a method to create your own piece. Feel free to follow it exactly or use it as inspiration for your own creative projects. I would love to see pictures of what you make.
Scroll down to see a video with even more variations.
If you are not familiar with pojagi, it is a type of patchwork that uses reversible seams. This results in a piece that is one layer of fabric, but totally reversible. No raw edges are exposed. This makes it perfect for window hangings. Because of the seam technique, the pieces look like stained glass. This tutorial shows how to stitch the seam.
I used batik fabric because that is what was in my scrap bin, but you can try other fabrics as well. You will just have to be careful if you have a fabric with a clear right and wrong side.
When I started going through my scrap bin, I found a bunch of these triangle shapes. I picked out four that were close in size, but not identical. These are the basis of the design. If you don’t have triangles, you can always cut down rectangles or squares. Don’t worry about exact sizes.
I joined these to white batik triangles also from the scrap bin. Don’t worry about measuring.
The seam leaves one row of stitching visible on one side and two rows of stitching visible on the other side, but don’t stress about making all the pieces the same way. It doesn’t matter in the end.
Once the triangles were joined, I trimmed the pieces down to the same size. Don’t worry about the triangles being the same, just make the outer dimensions the same.
I wanted squares, but the pieces weren’t big enough, so I added strips of background fabric to turn these into squares.
Once the squares are done, the can be easily joined to make the inner star. If you prefer, you could make a pinwheel.
You will notice that the fabric is very thick in the middle where the seams all join. Take your time stitching and use a seam jumper if that helps.
I decided to add borders to my piece, and found these strips of dark blue fabric. I added one to each side.
And then borders to the top and bottom. The borders aren’t even the same width. I just used the fabric that I had in the scrap bin.
The edges are just finished with a hem. Fold over 1/4″ and press. Then fold over another 1/4″ and press again. Top stitch to hold in place. If you prefer, you could always add a binding to the edge.
Hanging in a window, the stained glass look comes through. The dark lines are the seams, not black fabric.
I liked this so much, I went back to the scrap bin for more. For this star, the triangles were skinnier, and I added them to larger background pieces so I didn’t have to add anything to make squares.
I didn’t even add a background to this piece, so it was super quick and easy.
This is a fun project and a great way to use scraps.
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Want more scrappy projects? Be sure to check out the 2021 Summer Scrap Elimination series at Swan Amity Studios.
Elizabeth DeCroos is the designer and teacher at Epida Studio. She loves to work in quilting, pojagi and embroidery and teach these techniques to others.
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