Sewn Boro Cloth: A Paintbrush Roll-up

Sewn Boro Cloth: A Paintbrush Roll-up by Blair Stocker

About this Quilt

Designed By : Blair Stocker

“A special piece of clothing worn by a loved one. Baby clothes outgrown long ago. Kitchen curtains from a favorite aunt’s house. The storytelling power of fabrics is one of the strongest inspirations for the quilted pieces I design. One of my favorite ways to create a larger piece of cloth from smaller scraps is using a Japanese technique called boro. A term that translates to ragged or tattered cloth, boro is the stitching of small scraps or remnants onto old or weakened cloth to strengthen it and make it useable. I consider it the ultimate example of upcycling. These cloth compositions are a unique way to create a narrative of special fabrics that hold memories. The most mismatched of scraps appear cohesive once all the textural stitches are added to sew them to the base cloth layer. This paintbrush roll-up is a wonderful gift for the artists in your life.” – Blair Stocker

Download instructions for Sewn Boro Cloth: A Paintbrush Roll-up along with more art quilting projects techniques in the April/May 2018 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.


  • Acrylic quilting ruler (I used an Omnigrid® ruler, 3″ × 18″)
  • Rotary cutter
  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • Adult-sized shirt (NOTE: Other clothing items can be used, just be sure it’s a shirtweight fabric and large enough to cut a 15″ × 17″ piece. )
  • Cotton fabric, quilting weight, solid, ½ yard for the inside panel, binding, and ties
  • Quilt batting, thin cotton, at least 22″ × 22″ (I used Quilter’s Dream Cotton® Request)
  • Fabric and trim scraps, assorted sizes (TIP: Avoid scraps that are too thick to hand stitch through)
  • Temporary basting glue (I used Roxanne Glue-Baste-It®.)
  • Sewing machine and a fresh needle
  • Thread in a neutral color
  • Embroidery thread, 3–4 coordinating colors (I used DMC® Perle Cotton size 8)
  • Embroidery needle
  • Water-soluble or disappearing marking pen (I used a Pilot® FriXion pen in black)
  • Temporary basting spray or safety pins (I used 505® Spray and Fix Temporary Fabric Adhesive)
  • Hera™ marker
  • Hand-sewing needle
  • Iron and ironing surface

Pick up your copy of Quilting Arts Magazine April/May 2018 for this pattern and more!