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scribble or freestyle sewing

green viewsSince I’m most comfortable and quite happy behind a sewing machine, I’m always intrigued to find new and interesting sewing methods in play. Here are some inspiring, imperfect and delightfully messy examples of scribble or freehand sewing, however you call it- I love it.  Who needs a straight line anyway?

6875489059_35e2b7778b_zI need to practice this drawn portrait method by doodling more with a pen and paper, then experimenting with the feed dogs down on the sewing machine.

scribble_fabricA tutorial on how to scribble on fabric for those who’d like a lesson in scribble sewing.

scribble sewing shirtI feel like too many t-shirts these days are so in-your-face and obnoxious in their text and graphics, I prefer this subtler option for a T-shirt design, so free-thinking and open-minded. Perhaps I’ll try this and make a scribble t-shirt this week. You could even cover a stain on your favorite plain tee with some scribbling to distract the eye.

freehand sewn flowersI love the simplicity of these freehand sewn flowers.

Poppy_Treffry_madebyhandonline-phonecase_crop-0x800This birdie sits upon an iPhone case by Poppy Treffry a front runner in the scribble sewing world.

text sewingText sewing, as demonstrated here, if you recognize the text then you are a Jared Hess devotee because it comes from his movie, Gentlemen Broncos (2009). An extremely weird film, it will leave you alternating between shock and awe at the silliness/immaturity and the full-on giggles throughout the film and forever after.

purse frontSwirls hand-stitched on a custom diaper bag I made a few years back. More pre-meditated than scribbling but freehanded nonetheless. Could also work quite well on a t-shirt.

scribbleHere is one of the first experiments I did with scribble sewing, my intro to the sport you could say. I put this bird on the front of a purse, then just really wanted that beak to be orange…

Have you done any scribble sewing or even doodling lately?


  1. kalamitykelli

    February 20, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Those are pretty cool! I especially like your bird and the freestyle flowers……….those are great!

  2. Patch

    February 20, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    I really struggle with free motion stuff on the sewing machine. I think the problem is that my machine will only go fast or really fast. Plus the biting point on the foot pedal is very sensitive. So it’s basically just very hard to control and I have no way of adjusting it. I get very tempted to get a newer machine whenever I try anything like that.

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