1. Cut or buy a standard-sized sheet of felt (close to 8 1/2" x 11"). I used black acrylic felt for this project. (If you need to press it, keep your iron temperature low, and use a press sheet.)
2. Go through your scrap bin and find strips, from about 1/4" to 1 1/2" wide, 8" or so long. Unevenness and fraying are just fine! Selvages rock! Interesting yarns, cords, and threads count, too. If the fabric strips are wider than 3/4", cut gentle curves into them.
4. When the glue is dry (press to speed that up, at a not-too-hot temp, with a press sheet), stitch everything in place with a wide zig-zag. You can use one stitch/one thread, or many. Couch in the fibers (couch = stitch over the top with a wide long zig-zag, so the cord still shows).
I mostly used gold metallic thread in my machine and a plain vanilla zig-zag.
5. Now find that Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanza gift list and start cutting! Here are five different bracelets/bookmarks/wall hangings (aka quiltlets) made from this strip set. All serve as excellent gifts!
If you used naturey colors, you've got something that looks like an abstract landscape. It's a soothing wallhanging for someone's work station.
A mother of pearl button glows like a moon. Stitch a buttonhole in the other end, and you've made a cuff bracelet.
Cut strata into 1” x 1” squares, on the diagonal. Artistic one inch squares are known as ‘Inchies.’ (Which, like Artist Trading Cards, are tradeable works of art! Believe it or not, there are one, two entire books about making Inchies!)
Once you've cut all the inchies you want, zigzag stitch the squares together, butting raw edges. The stitches act as hinges. Here I arranged them like the central sliver of a traditional "Log Cabin Barn Raising" quilt pattern.
Or, cut out a wavy cross-wise section:
Results look something like this:
The gold 'sewing machine cord' was created on the machine, with water soluble stabilizer. It was then couched to the background. and a loop was created at at the left end. A vintage gold metal button added on the right.
And finally, with the leftovers from all of the above, there's the following amalgamation. I arranged inchies and wedges of black felt on water soluble stabilizer. Sandwiched the whole thing between another layer of the stabilizer, and then using gold metallic threads,stitched everything in place and added little protuberances coming off the top and bottom.
There's a buttonhole on the far Western inchie, and a button on the East.
Just remembering how I made these things causes my blood pressure to plummet (in a good way). If you've read this far, I suspect you feel the same way!