The backwards fabric hack

If you find a paint swatch you like, look for a more greyed-out version and it’s probably going to be even nicer. Strangely enough, you can almost do the same thing with fabric, all by turning it over and using the other side!

I discovered this recently while organizing my fabric stash, something that takes considerably more time and effort than organizing my clothes, my cupboards or anything else in my house.

I found a bin of flannel fabric that was a crazy mishmash of different colours and prints. There was bright-red snowflake-printed flannel from sewing Christmas jammies for my kids, lime-green giraffe flannel from making a baby quilt, and even some purple paisley flannel from nightgowns that once belonged to my husband’s grandmother (proof that I really do hoard fabric from all sources).

The backwards fabric hack: How to make a FREE quilt using mismatched or ugly fabric {Heather's Handmade Life}
My leftover bits of flannel didn’t match AT ALL!
I considered tossing or donating all of it, since I rarely make anything out of flannel, but the hoarder in me hesitated. It was perfectly good fabric, just a hideous mess of colours and prints. Wasn’t there anything I could do with it?

Distractedly pawing through the bin while watching something on TV, I flipped a red piece over and noticed it almost looked pink on the other side. Hmm. I flipped the ugly bright green piece, and the back was a softer green. I started laying the different flannels together, upside-down, and they actually looked good together …

The backwards fabric hack: How to make a FREE quilt using mismatched or ugly fabric {Heather's Handmade Life}
Once I looked at the fabric BACKWARDS, suddenly it started to go together …

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The backwards fabric hack: How to make a FREE quilt using mismatched or ugly fabric {Heather's Handmade Life}

The backwards fabric hack: How to make a FREE quilt using mismatched or ugly fabric {Heather's Handmade Life}

The backwards fabric hack: How to make a FREE quilt using mismatched or ugly fabric {Heather's Handmade Life}
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