Trying Something New - English Paper Piecing

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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 a blog post: "Crafty Football Blog Hop: How to Make a Football Fringe Scarf" over at CraftyPod.com. 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?

6 comments:

  1. It looks wonderful! I love the use of grey in the white footballs, AND I had no idea fabric pastels even existed. This is why it's so exciting to see projects others make from my tutorials - everyone adds a new idea I'd never thought of, and I get to learn new things. I'm so glad your husband enjoys his scarf, and I'm happy you're liking the EPP.

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  2. Thanks so much for stopping by Diane! The fabric pastels were fun to color with & made for quick work, too.

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  3. OMG! I am sooooo far behind in blog reading it is embarrassing! The minute i spotted this image at the top of the post the first thought - I gotta share that with Diane. lol. Yup! Missed her post too!!!

    Your scarf looks so great! Bravo you! And now you are hooked on EPP - right???

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  4. Thanks for stopping by Pam! I can't believe how much I enjoyed doing this - when I started, the intention was to do it, because it was footballs, and that was it. But I really did like the process & the results far exceed the effort! I have another hexagon project I wanted to start a very long time ago, I will have to revive it now for sure.

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  5. I like the way they come out. Nice job!.....and I agree....the time involved in the creation is worth much more than the money spent. Bravo!

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  6. Thanks Eileen!! It's really cute, when my husband isn't wearing this, he keeps it on the back of his chair at his desk.

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