When Wrong is Right

Today I’m talking about the wrong and right sides of fabric.

Over the weekend, when I was making the back for my latest quilt, I noticed how pretty the wrong side of the fabric was. You can see both the right side (bottom of pic) and the wrong side (top of pic) in the picture below.

Carolyn Friedlander Architextures for Backing

Right Side and Wrong Side

See how the wrong side has that kind of heather look to it? Here’s a pic of just the wrong side.

Wrong side Carolyn Friedlander ArchitexturesWouldn’t that be so pretty to use? In a quilt, as a backing, in a tote or handbag…the possibilities are endless.

I have flipped fabrics before in other projects; most recently in the mini quilt below (you can read more about the mini quilt here)

Tearful Mini QuiltI used the wrong side of some of the prints in the mini to keep the palette muted. Using the right side would have made those squares more noticeable, and that was not the look I was going for.

I know that many of you have also used the wrong side of fabric to achieve a certain look. The reason for this post is to share this info with any new quilters who may be reading, or with someone who has never tried this before. Don’t feel you must always use the right side – it’s okay to flip your fabric if that is the look you need!

What has been your experience using wrong side fabric?

Linking up with Lorna @ Let’s Bee Social


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About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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12 Responses to When Wrong is Right

  1. Bonnie in Va says:

    I’ve definitely made the choice to use the wrong side of fabric but I’ve definitely ALSO used the wrong side by accident. No matter why the end results do work out just fine. I also have an old piece of fabric that is two sided.

  2. I have used the wrong side of the fabric a few times (more than once unintentionally 🙂 You are so correct that the “wrong” sides are sometimes very right for a project.

  3. Kate says:

    I don’t think I’ve every used the wrong side of a fabric before as there hasn’t been the need. It’s good to be reminded of that option.

  4. Renee says:

    That does look nice! I’ve used the wrong side of denim for bags before.

  5. Sandra says:

    Used it LOTS in colourwash; still want to get back to that technique as I love a pieced background (like your teardrop quilt which I just LOVE, quilt and symbolism, meaning)…That heather look is terrific, almost like a wool I have for a suit (that I have never made…)

  6. Lena says:

    I often use the wrong side for my “art” quilts, when I find I don’t have enough pastel colored fabrics)) I have one such on my design wall right now, where the wrong side of some fabrics helped created a smoother transition from the right side to lighter pieces.

  7. Lisa says:

    I don’t think I have ever used the wrong side, although I know I can.

  8. Colleen says:

    That mini is really nice and it’s quite interesting to hear that you have used the wrong side in places – I wouldn’t have guessed. I have not used the wrong side of any fabrics to date but I will keep it in mind. I remember – years ago, I was at a workshop and during lunch, noticed that one of my friends was wearing her shirt inside out. I could tell by the seams but the shirt looked alright otherwise. That was about 35 years ago and now seams are done like that on a regular basis. That young woman was very creative and well ahead of her time 🙂

  9. Tish says:

    I have used the wrong side by accident before but I’m not opposed to doing it on purpose. Actually, Joen Wolfrom talks about doing this in her Craftsy class as a way of muting a color. And when it comes to batiks can anyone really tell if there is a right or wrong side???

  10. Karen Goad says:

    I have done that too – use the “wrong” side because it suited a project better than the right side

  11. Only by mistake. I know my mom has on intention. Kind of thought she was losing it. Hmmmm. might have to rethink that.

  12. Jayne says:

    I have used the wrong side a few times! Thank you for the reminder though. It’s a great idea and can really change the look!

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