The sweatshirts were cut open at the side seams so the jacket was flat while working. Choosing fabrics and cutting strips and various shapes was the next step in preparing for the puzzle-piece layout.
The fabric pieces were laid out in various designs on the sweatshirts. Fabric pieces could be laid out so the color of the sweatshirt was exposed (like mortar between bricks in a wall) or they could be butted together for an all-over fabric collage.
Here are a few layout options of fabric and color placement. The fabric pieces were temporarily secured in place with pins and fabric glue sticks prior to machine stitching.