Monochromatic projects are sewing or quilting projects that use fabrics from the same colour family, such as shades of blue, green, pink, etc. They create a harmonious and scrappy look that showcases the different textures and patterns of the fabrics. Monochromatic projects are also a great way to use up your scraps and make something sweet out of them. If you are looking for a fun and creative project, start planning a monochromatic project.
I would like to give you tips on how to combine different designs from the same colour family.
- Use a variety of prints, such as polka dots, stripes, ginghams, geometric prints, small print florals, blenders, text prints, and solids. Avoid using large scale prints or fabrics that include too many colours.
- Use a colour wheel to help you choose fabrics that are close to each other on the colour spectrum, such as blue-green, yellow-orange, or purple-red. You can also use fabrics that are opposite to each other on the colour wheel, such as blue-orange, yellow-purple, or green-red, for some contrast and interest.
- Use different values of the same colour, such as light, medium, and dark. This will create depth and dimension in your project. You can also use white, black, or grey to add some contrast and highlight the main colour.
- Use different scales of the same print, such as medium and small polka dots, or medium and narrow stripes. This will create a sense of movement and rhythm in your project.
- Add low volume prints for contrast and added interest.
The most important element is to have fun combining your favourite fabrics to create something new and creative.
If you have an effective scrap management system in place, it will be easily to incorporate your colour coded scraps. Here are my top tips on how to sort scraps.
- Sort your scraps by colour and store them in labelled bins, boxes, or bags. This will make it easier to find the right fabric for your project and keep your scraps organised.
- Trim your scraps of loose threads, press them, and cut them into standard sizes, such as squares, rectangles, strips, or triangles. This will make it easier to sew them together and reduce waste.
- Use a scrap management system that works for you, such as saving all pieces that are at least 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches, or using a specific pattern or technique to use up your scraps, such as string piecing, log cabin, or hexagons.
Read more about using scraps of fabric in your projects in the post, Sewing with Scraps.
I have a variety of monochromatic projects to inspire you. Here are some of my favourites:
Cosy Cat Coaster: This adorable coaster is shaped like a cat and features a monochromatic colour scheme of pink fabrics. It is perfect for cat lovers and tea drinkers.
Zakka Scissor Keeper: This handy scissor keeper is made with monochromatic scraps of blue fabrics and features a cute button closure. It is great for organising your sewing tools and protecting your scissors.
Rainbow Connection Pillow: This colourful pillow is made with monochromatic scraps of rainbow colours and features a pineapple quilt block. It is a fun and cheerful way to brighten up your home.
Bunny Coaster: This sweet coaster is shaped like a bunny and features a monochromatic colour scheme of pastel fabrics. It is perfect for Easter or spring.
Hexie Sewing Kit: This lovely sewing kit is made with monochromatic scraps of purple fabrics and features a hexagon patchwork. It is a great way to store your sewing essentials and practice English paper piecing.
Patchwork Pumpkin Coaster : Make snack time fun with this sweet Patchwork Pumpkin Coaster – perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Fall/Autumn, or any time of year!
Star Pillows : Add a statement to your favourite chair or bed with this Star Pillow duo. These pillows features the Ohio Star block framed in low volume prints.
Rotary Cutter Sewing Tool Pouch : Protect your rotary cutter in this cheerful monochromatic patchwork rotary cutter sewing tool pouch. The scrappy patchwork front is constructed from assorted fabrics from the one colour family, making this a great scrap busting project.
Cosy Cat Placemat: Make meal time fun with this cute, patchwork cat placemat – perfect for cat lovers everywhere! Featuring a monochromatic patchwork cat, they are purrfectly sized to hold a dinner plate or a pet bowl.
Scrappy Mini Stocking: A Scrappy Mini Patchwork Stocking can replace a traditional Christmas cracker/bonbon on your Christmas table. Tuck a surprise inside for a special festive treat. Alternatively, hang a scrappy mini stocking on your Christmas tree or make 24 and use them as a countdown Advent calendar.
Scrappy Carrot Bunting: Scrappy Carrot Bunting is a fun way to decorate your home for Easter. Who can resist colourful patchwork carrots? These scrappy carrots made from your favourite orange scraps and matching wool felt, are quick to assemble.
Spinning Log Cabin Quilt Block: Put your scraps to good use with this easy, beginner friendly Spinning Log Cabin Foundation Paper Piecing block – available in 5 sizes.
Check out some of our other FPP Quilt Blocks that look great in monochromatic fabrics:
I hope these suggestions and tips inspire you to sew some scrappy monochromatic sewing projects. Happy sewing! 😊