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Trying Something New – English Paper Piecing

As usual, I jumped into something new without too much thought or planning, hoping that I’d succeed at my first try. I was lucky this time! Of course, I had the confidence that I’d be following the directions of an excellent teacher, and it worked out wonderfully.

The CraftyPod Football Fringe Scarf - trying something new with Tamdoll

About a week before my wedding anniversary, I saw this blog post: Crafty Football Blog Hop: How to Make a Football Fringe Scarf over at CraftyPod. It didn’t matter that I had never done English Paper Piecing (EPP) before, or even that I hadn’t sewn anything in a very long time – it was unique & had footballs. My husband is a sports fanatic, and loves professional, college and local high school football.

Since he goes to more local games than professional ones, I decided to use the high school colors and picked out some coordinating fleece. I actually looked for a pre-made scarf to sew the footballs onto, but couldn’t find one, and I think that saved me some money. With the small quantities of material called for in this project, the total came to less than $10, and that made me very happy. (I’m sounding pretty cheap here. But I really believe that the thought that goes into something is waaaay more valuable than the expense of it.)

Waiting until the night before I needed it wasn’t the brightest idea – I was up a few hours past my bedtime & had to improvise* on a couple of parts … then, so I wouldn’t wake my house with the noise,  wake up in the morning to complete the machine sewing portion. I did it! And I’m pretty pleased with how it came out. So was my husband. ☺

Diane‘s clear instructions and paper piecing videos made this project very do-able. I can see other EPP projects in my future, and probably some more scarves with other team colors.

When was the last time you tried something new? Did you like it?

 

* What I improvised on – I didn’t have any gray fabric paint, so I used what I had at home – Fabric Pastel Dye Sticks to color the lines in the footballs. There was no drying time required this way (just a hot iron needed), although the coverage wasn’t as solid as I would have liked.

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