eclectic elements fabric project & winners…

guesttoday i want to share a quick tutorial from richele christensen using fabric to create a home decor piece.  this project showcases the versatility of incorporating eclectic elements fabric and new craft thread with idea-ology ephemera, flashcards, small talk stickers and the mini clipboard.  i love how this project comes together by combining elements from the papercraft world with textiles for a true mixed-media masterpiece…t!m

thanks for sharing your excitement for the latest release of eclectic elements, and for posting your comments on monday’s blog post giveaway.  congrats to the following winners – if you see your name and comment, please email with your shipping info to claim your prize:
– Candi Cissek: Tim is love your fabrics. Such a vintage feel. I would love to use the fabrics for tags and junk journals but I must say being able to make one of the lovely books would put me over the moon! Giant hugs, Candi
– Judy D: My grandmother was a quilter out of necessity – reusing every scrap of fabric rather than throw them away. My mom is a quilter by hobby, creating beautiful quilts for fun and inspiration. I tease Mom that my paper stash almost matches her fabric stash! I have started buying Tim’s fabric, because I love his paper, and the fabric is even yummier. I’m hoping to make a quilt some day… In the meantime, I use snippets of fabric on cards.
– Tona: Your booths are always so fabulous looking and the projects so amazing. I have used your material to make curtains in both my bedroom & craftroom. I have also sewn it onto cards and used it to cover chipboard which I then die cut and add to cards and layouts. I like the added textural element that material brings to my papercrafting projects.


  • surfaces: mini clipboard, eclectic elements fabric correspondence collection, batting
  • inks: distress ink/frayed burlap, distress paint/chipped sapphire
  • mediums: distress collage medium/matte, mini collage glue stick
  • embellishments: adornment arrows, ephemera/emporium, flash cards, remnant rubs/numerals, small talk, vial labels, buttons, craft/stitch thread
  • tools: mini ink blending tool, distress collage brush, remnant rub tool, sanding grip, scissors, steel wool
  • misc: sewing machine

1– remove hitch fasteners using a screw driver.
– trace mini clipboard on to patterned paper and cut out with scissors.
– paint a generous coat of distress collage medium on board and attach paper.
– sand and ink the edges of the clipboard.

2– cut a piece of batting to 4” x 6”, tear fabric front and back 4” x 6” and cut a few small strips from various fabrics.
– adhere fabrics front, back to the batting and strips to the front with mini collage glue stick.
– sew around the edge of the fabric pieces. sew on ephemera pieces as desired.
– add stitches using a straight stitch for the stems, french knots for the flowers and a lazy daisy stitch for the leaves with craft thread. hand stitch adornment arrow and buttons on.

3– paint clipboard clip with distress paint and let dry.
– sand clipboard clip using steel wool. reattach clipboard clip to clipboard.
– attach bird with foam tape.
– embellish with small talk, vial label, remnant rubs and attach fabric piece to clipboard.

be sure to check out these other great tutorials using eclectic elements fabric on richele’s blog by clicking the images below…
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26 Comments to “eclectic elements fabric project & winners…”

  1. B. says:

    Don’t use Facebook, so commenting here on your recent fabrics video. I’ve learned many things from you over the years and once again, you have enlightened me. As I sit here sewing and tucking my thread back into the spool, I realize it is like the spool your threads come on. Now I know that I can pop the top up thanks to watching your video. Thanks!

    P.S. Anyone who loves your paper loves this fabric line and I am no exception. Great projects, great designers, can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  2. Lois Skiathitis says:

    Just so lovely and very quaint. I love it!

  3. Inge Bekaert says:

    really nice projects !!
    You surely have a designteam that’s good in playing with your products !!

    greetings from belgium

  4. bernath says:


  5. Cindy says:

    UH HUH, I think I can make some of these for my home décor. TFS!! 🙂

  6. Rosetta Jenkins says:

    Richele does such creative and inspiring works of art. So glad she one of my favorite people. Yes, I got two clipboards waiting for me to dress them. Thank you for the tutorial. Such a plus!

  7. Thank you for the tutorial…very nice…congrats to the winners!

  8. Judy D. says:

    Thrilled to be picked a blog winner!!! Thanks Tim for your amazing creativity and generosity!!

  9. Marjorie says:

    Congrats to the winners! I love all of Richele’s work. The clipboard is great. I love incorporating the beautiful fabrics.

  10. Love your gorgeous projects!! Would love to get my hands on your new fabrics!

  11. Wow!!!! What Uber fabulous projects… Such talent and inspiration! Congrats to all these winners!!!!

  12. This is just gorgeous! Great job, Richele! Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial!

  13. Fabulous inspiration, Tim! I think you may have just helped me with an upcoming project! thank you!

  14. Bonnie says:

    That bird piece *does* make me happy!

  15. paula says:

    this is so cute! I love that it combines fabric and paper!!

  16. Wonderful project Richele, thanks for sharing it and congratulations to the lucky winners! Deb xo

  17. clever projects and great use for the small pieces of fabric from larger projects.

  18. Rosann says:

    WOW !!

  19. Tona says:

    I love Richele’s work! Thanks for the great tutorial.
    I’m over the top excited to see that I was one of the winners from Monday’s blog post. Thank you so very much! Off to email Mario…

  20. Deb L says:

    Congrats to the winners! Love all of Richele’s pieces!

  21. Sue W. says:

    Congrats to the winners! Great tutorial from Richelle.

  22. SusanK says:

    Very cool ideas! Lucky winners! Can’t wait to see what you create!

  23. Angele van Leeuwen says:

    Richele – what a great projects!
    Know the back pack is from last year but I really LOVE it!

    Congrats to the winners, enjoy the fun!

  24. Anne R says:

    Congratulations to the winners, have fun with your new fabric! I love Richeles tutorials, they are always so interesting and easy to do! x

  25. Mel Roberts-Hareld says:

    First of all – congratulations to the lucky winners! How PERFECT is this tutorial?!?! What a super way…especially for someone like me, who has either sewn OR done paper crafting…to learn how to incorporate the two crafts! I am VERY fond of ALL the fabric patterns (I am even in the process of collecting two yards of each one…hoping to eventually have the whole collection, for a special quilt). The way Richele put the fabric together, with my favorite papers, ephemera and idea-ology elements, has really inspired me, today! Thanks to Tim for highlighting this project and to Richele for the great instructions!

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