How to make silk scrap wheat bags

"I’m a hoarder of antique silk fabric. If I’ve used silk in a quilt or another project I keep all the scraps as they’re usually too beautiful to throw away; but also because it feels inherently wrong to throw out something that somebody else has spent so much time and skill making. I wanted to use these scraps to make something precious. A quilt would take far too long with so many small pieces, so I thought a wheat bag would be perfect." Cassandra Ellis.

Materials & Tools You Will Need

  • Scraps of silk – vintage or new (these can be velvets, brocades or silk linings). 
  • You need to cut pieces into one of three sizes:
    • 7cm × 7cm, 
    • 17cm × 4.5cm 
    • 12cm × 7cm.
  • 100% cotton thread in a neutral colour 
  • Cotton fabric 40cm × 40cm for the lining 
  • A piece of fabric 37cm × 17cm for the backing (this can be silk, cotton or velvet).
  • Buckwheat hulls 
  • Dried lavender (optional) 
  • Iron and ironing board 
  • Ruler 
  • Tailor’s chalk or dressmaker’s pencil 
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat (optional) 
  • Fabric scissors 
  • Sewing machine with a fine sewing needle and a walking foot attachment Pins for delicate fabric 
  • Kitchen funnel

For more projects from Cassandra Ellis please see Cloth: over 30 beautiful projects from linen, cotton and silk to wool and hide (2013).

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