Katy of No Big Dill, told me about a sewing project she created, based on a book by Hervé Tullet. And I said, “Oh. I want to share it on Design Mom asap!” I love the idea of scribble sewing. Wouldn’t it look cool on a pillow, or an apron pocket, or a lavender sachet? So many ideas… I hope you enjoy Katy’s tutorial! — kisses, Gabrielle

Every so often I hold a series on my blog entitled “Once Upon a Thread.” Basically, it’s a bunch of sewing fanatics who come up with projects based on children’s literature. I love it. Sometimes my mind wanders when I ought to be focusing on the book I’m reading to one of my kids….oooooh! I know what I could make based on this book! It was no different when I discovered Hervé Tullet’s phenomenally enrapturing (and just plain fun) books. Once I got The Scribble Book in my hands, my mind began churning and this is what I came up with: Fabric Scribbling!

This technique will work on any pattern piece, of course, but I made mine on the collar.

What you’ll need:
– Pattern Piece: Start with something small like the collar, a pocket, or small ruffles, and if you’re really ambitious, you could do an entire skirt overlay.
-Fabric: I used some chiffon nylon that doesn’t fray, but you can use some fine regular tulle, it just won’t be as soft. Here’s a good online source. Trim the seam allowances that you won’t be using (e.g. the outer edges that won’t be sewn into the neckline.)
-Thread: Use a decorative thread with a bit of sheen on both the top and in the bobbin.
-Water Soluble Stabilizer
-Water: In a spray bottle that can create a fine mist.

This is what the water soluble stabilizer looks like. You need the heaviest weight for this project.

Using variegated thread that alternates between a few different shades makes it look more like you’ve pulled the colors from a giant box of crayons. You will also need to attach the darning presser foot on your sewing machine.

Cut a piece of the stabilizer the same size as your fabric pieces with the wrong side facing down. Spray lightly with the water and smooth the fabric on top of the stabilizer. This will adhere the stabilizer onto the fabric. Allow to dry completely on a hard surface.

Before you begin sewing lower your feed dogs, those jaggedy things that go up and down, moving the fabric under the presser foot. There will either be a button or a knob that will disengage (or lower) the feed dogs.

Lower your presser foot and begin sewing with just a regular straight stitch toward the middle (or on the edge of the seam allowance that will be enclosed inside the seam. Hold the fabric as taut as you can and move it any direction you want to make scribbles!

Scribble, write in cursive, draw shapes, whatever you feel like doing.

Rinse the fabric in warm water and slightly agitate it to help dissolve the stabilizer, until no longer sticky. Dry flat or iron on low and continue with the construction of the garment.

I found that the closer I sewed to the edge, the flatter it lay.

And if you haven’t checked out The Scribble Book, it’s pretty fantastic. Now I just need 5 more copies for the rest of my kids!

Plus one for me.