by crafter2243 Moderator 18 Aug 2018

Call it being frugal or out of my mind.


My embroidery machine is gone for repair and I am AGAIN trying to make sense out of my fabric pieces. Somehow I feel the need to use as much as I can from the scraps. I came across this idea and thought to try it. Maybe it will show up in the future as a border of a small quilt. I am sure I will find a use for a scrappy jellyroll. Never thought that adding machine tape could be that useful.

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by brendalea 25 Aug 2018

Great idea.

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by sebsews 25 Aug 2018

This will be my winter project. Thanks for showing it to us!

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by aussiequilter 24 Aug 2018

I do the same, it's a great way to use up scraps

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by marianb 22 Aug 2018

Yeh! My order for the rolls came in today, so now sorting and stitching.

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crafter2243 by crafter2243 22 Aug 2018

Have fun. It goes really fast.

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by kustomkuddle 21 Aug 2018

Awesome idea. Have never heard of this type of tape before.

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crafter2243 by crafter2243 21 Aug 2018

It was used mostly in adding machines and also older cash registers. It still is being sold in office supply stores.

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by lbrow 20 Aug 2018

I knew you were brilliant and you just proved it. Love it, love it

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crafter2243 by crafter2243 20 Aug 2018

I only implemented someones brain child. I watched it on Youtube and thought like you. Brilliant

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by arisann 20 Aug 2018

GREAT IDEA!

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crafter2243 by crafter2243 20 Aug 2018

Not my idea, but I am gratefully testing it out

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by sewpam 20 Aug 2018

Love what you are doing!!!

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crafter2243 by crafter2243 20 Aug 2018

Thank you

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by katydid 19 Aug 2018

Very interesting, anxious to see how you use them. I love uses for scraps.

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crafter2243 by crafter2243 19 Aug 2018

I am dealing mostly with scraps, since I use donated material I love the challenge and it keeps the cost down. It is costly enough paying for the backing and batting for the quilts I donate.

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by queenofhearts 19 Aug 2018

I have done this too but I didn't have the machine tape so I just cut some strips of paper and used my scraps in a combination of angles and straight seams, whatever the shape of the scrap dictated. Then I used the strips along with some solids in a patchwork purse.

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crafter2243 by crafter2243 19 Aug 2018

That must have been a great looking purse.

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by rachap 19 Aug 2018

If you look up "Chinese Coins" quilt patterns I think you would be able to adapt it to use your rolls. I recently did one with scraps that I probably would have thrown away a few years ago! I called it "off the floor" as most of them had landed there at one time or another. It made a nice quilt for our local infusion center.

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crafter2243 by crafter2243 19 Aug 2018

Thank you. Interesting. Learn something new every day. I had seen these quilts before, but did not know they are called "Chinese Coins". Ha, ha love the "off the floor"

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by jrob Moderator edited 19 Aug 2018

No, my darling, you are brilliant! I love using these for borders and they make the most interesting binding, too. They also make wonderful strips in quilts that you have solid strips next to them. Think embroidery design tests on solid fabric.

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crafter2243 by crafter2243 19 Aug 2018

Thank you for your ideas. I am sure I will find a use for it. For right now it is brainless sewing.

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by dailylaundry 19 Aug 2018

Angie - you are amazing - what a great idea!

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crafter2243 by crafter2243 19 Aug 2018

Ha, ha. I am not amazing. I was just coping someones idea and thought I would share.

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by basketkase 19 Aug 2018

OMG, what a wonderful roll of fabric......I could just stare at how cool it is for hours.......great technique!

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crafter2243 by crafter2243 19 Aug 2018

You made me laugh.

basketkase by basketkase 19 Aug 2018

Angie, you could sell these as jelly rolls on ebay, not kidding, I have seen the prices of jelly rolls and they are outrageous and none are this pretty!!

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by maleah 19 Aug 2018

You are amazing...

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crafter2243 by crafter2243 19 Aug 2018

I just saw it somewhere and thought it would be a good idea.

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by dragonflyer 19 Aug 2018

Okay...I have done this with my scraps, but I am not sure why you need the tape? Color me confused...I just piece my scraps together....

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crafter2243 by crafter2243 19 Aug 2018

I tried that but I wasn't always staying straight. This gives me a straight line and also easier to trim. Without the tape it just wasn't as neat.

dragonflyer by dragonflyer 19 Aug 2018

What do you do with the paper after you trim?

crafter2243 by crafter2243 19 Aug 2018

Tear it off. once I am going to use it. Until then it stays on the paper.

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by sdrise edited 19 Aug 2018

Wonderful idea and I think this would look so fancy on a quilt! Great job!! Frugal is a good thing in my book!

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crafter2243 by crafter2243 19 Aug 2018

Thanks for your vote. I am not out of my mind.

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by airyfairy 19 Aug 2018

I think this is a great idea Angie. I have just collected my emb machine from the doctors. Have not tried it yet . Hope yours will soon be back in action

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crafter2243 by crafter2243 19 Aug 2018

Hope your machine will run smoothly. I am fortunate to have another one that I mostly sew on.

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by toogie 19 Aug 2018

This is something I would like to try. I am saving small strips from my blocks I cut now. Maybe a next project but I will have to get some of this tape you mention....Good job and bright thinking! Thanks for sharing!!!

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crafter2243 by crafter2243 19 Aug 2018

After the aniiversary quilt?

toogie by toogie 20 Aug 2018

That's right. I placed (not sewed) my pieces together yesterday, just to see how it would look. I find I need another row on the sides and bottom, more 'info' snowball blocks, so made some designs today to embroider. However, I just got one embroidered, before my sister and her guy came in.... The next 3 days we are carpentering
and then I keep Gus and Nora for two days. Ashley has to go to continuing ed classes to renew her PT license. Oh well, I do what I can when I can. We are working on a remodel of my niece's dining and kitchen.

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by raels011 19 Aug 2018

I have done this and also with fax paper roll for longer pieces

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crafter2243 by crafter2243 19 Aug 2018

What did you use it eventually for?

raels011 by raels011 19 Aug 2018

Made a quilt and surprisingly everyone loved it

crafter2243 by crafter2243 19 Aug 2018

I bet it was cheerful.

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by RodnickBiljon 19 Aug 2018

Sorry to sound silly but what is machine tape

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awesome1 by awesome1 19 Aug 2018

Paper tape...used in adding machines. I use up my fabric bits this way to make sashings and borders for quilts...very colorful and I love my 'jelly rolls' of scraps. I'm planning one day to make an entire quilt of rows of these.

crafter2243 by crafter2243 19 Aug 2018

I just realized that with calculators etc nowadays, some may have never dealt with an adding machine requiring a tape. I am feeling old.

RodnickBiljon by RodnickBiljon 21 Aug 2018

Haha no you not old I do remember adding machines and its a brilliant idea am going to try it out myself but must just find the rolls.....so its just paper not a sticky paper then.

crafter2243 by crafter2243 22 Aug 2018

Just plain paper roll. Office supply stores sell them and so does Amazone. No thermal

girlfriday by girlfriday 25 Aug 2018

You can usually find the rolls in thrift shops. Piece of cake. Good idea!

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by gerryvb 19 Aug 2018

I never would have thought of that, what a great way to store the left overs. Looks very colorful too. don't know what you mean with machine tape, and the carbontype?....But I'm sure you will find a use for the roll.

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mops by mops 19 Aug 2018

Rolletjes voor kassa's, onbedrukt. Staples/Office Centre heeft ze in pakken van 10 rollen.

gerryvb by gerryvb 19 Aug 2018

dank je Martine :)

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by mariagiannina 19 Aug 2018

What a great idea! Before we went away, I started a string quilt, in an effort to use some of my left over strips and bindings, can't wait to finish all the washing and ironing so I can get back to sewing!

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crafter2243 by crafter2243 19 Aug 2018

I feel for you. There is always so much to catch up. Our machines are patient and wait for us.

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by mops Moderator edited 19 Aug 2018

I read the same idea somewhere and have been waiting to get some rolls - next visit to Office, I think. I love seeing your result! Nice work!

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crafter2243 by crafter2243 19 Aug 2018

Make sure not to pick the carbon type. I wish you were closer. I have a box of 50.

mops by mops 19 Aug 2018

There's a Staples in the nearest town that sells them in bags of 10. Only question I have: what width are yours?

crafter2243 by crafter2243 19 Aug 2018

the tape is 3" wide.

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by graceandham 18 Aug 2018

Oh very smart girl! This is a fabulous idea.

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crafter2243 by crafter2243 19 Aug 2018

I thought so too once I came across that idea.

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by pennifold 18 Aug 2018

Well, Angie 10 out of 10 for usefulness! It will be wonderful when it's made up into something. Love Chris

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crafter2243 by crafter2243 19 Aug 2018

Thanks Chris. I am sure I figure out a way how to use it.

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