Summer Stitch-Along – 4 Fabrics


Let’s get started with sorting some fabrics for the bookwrap. We’ve intended this project to be a scrap buster and we hope you’ll be able to source everything you need from your stash.

First up, you’ll need a backing fabric. We recommend cutting this larger by 1inch on all sides than the measurements determined by your pattern piece made last week. After the stitching is done, we’ll trim back to size.

We’re going to quilt and embroider later on, so any lightweight cotton is going to work for the backing. If you don’t have a piece large enough in your scrap bag, it’s OK to piece some together.

You’ll also need a piece of wadding/batting the same size. We like to use a fine wadding but choose anything that you’re comfortable working with, hopefully you’ll have an off-cut in your stash.

So that’s the wadding and backing out of the way. Now on to the fun part – fabrics for the front! We challenge you to work with a maximum of four fabrics for this project. You’ll need one piece that’s cut to the same size as the lining, but again, this doesn’t have to be a single piece, we’ve opted to join two fabrics together to bring it up to size.

For the rest of the project we’ve picked out 3 different fabrics that work with the colour palette we identified last week. Hand painted, hand dyed or printed fabrics might provide more colour range while sticking to the ‘four fabric challenge’ which is great for a painterly result. Cheating? Well maybe but we won’t tell.

That’s it for this week. We’ll see you next time with the three techniques we’ll use. See you then!


Linda and Laura

Thanks so much for joining in with us in our first Summer Stitch-Along. Please share what you’ve made in the DMTV Gallery or on Instagram with #designmatterstv