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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Have you ever made "Inchies"?

A few years ago when Inchies started appearing on craft blogs, I'd been up to my eyes in ATCs and fabric postcards. ATCs are the size of a regular playing card, and I thought trying to create a 'work of art' on anything smaller was a really stupid idea! I still don't consider them works of art individually, but as a collection they may have some appeal. I was browsing through the shelves of the Embroiderers Guild library yesterday when I came across this book.
Out of curiosity I took it off the shelf to have a look, and ended up borrowing it. As soon as I got home, I got out scraps of fabric and interfacing, and started experimenting. The book shows different methods of making inchies, what to do with them when they are finished, and a number of projects by different people. I chose to iron a number of 2" squares on to a larger piece of interfacing, then rule lines across each square to mark them into 1" squares.
Next I used zig zag machine stitch to sew around each one inch area,
Cut them up....

Added some embellishments in the form of beads and sequins, and positioned them in various ways on different fabrics.

What do you think? It was fun, but I'm not going to spend a great deal of time on Inchies in the near future. Not with CQ blocks and tea cosies to make!


Miss 376 said...

I like them on the orange backing best. I've not seen them made from fabric before, the ones I've seen were done in needlepoint. This make lovely little displays.

Annie said...

It's pretty incredible what some people manage to do with the inchie format, whether paper crafters, cross stitchers, needlepointers or quilters. I think you are off to a good start and should consider doing more. Google 'fabric inchies' and look at all the images that come up for inspiration!

Joy V said...

I have a friend who has made lots of these, but too small for me I'm afraid.