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Do a gathered stitch down the middle of the long strip. Length ways.
Pull the bobbin thread up tight and place it in the middle of the 3 1/2 inch square fabric it looks good if you place it on at an angle.
Sew this down the centre of the gathered stitch with normal straight stitch.
Fan out the sides of the gathered piece and applique the edges down also across the top and bottom.
This is another textured effect.
Any non sewer can achieve this method.
If you don't get time to try this out just print it up and put it with the other IDEAS and maybe when you have enough and lots of time!!!!!!!!!!