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Valentine’s day sewing tutorials

7 Valentine's Day sewing tutorial - patchwork, appliqué, improv patchwork, foundation paper piecing

There’s still time for a Valentine’s Day project.

Choose one of the 7 projects I have made. They’re free. Different techniques to choose from: traditional patchwork, improv patchwork, embroidery, fabric manipulation, foundation piecing and reverse appliqué.

Love is the answer… hot water bottle cozy tutorial

With this tutorial you can start learning or polish up three different skills: patchwork, embroidery and appliqué.

Heart pincushion

Make this pincushion with the hot water bottle heart cut out.

Pigeon pair placemat set

Learn reverse applique and improv patchwork technique with this easy tutorial.

Scrappy heart potholder tutorial

The easiest block to start learning foundation piecing. This was my first try and a few more potholders down the track I’m doing a whole quilt using this patchwork technique.

Groovy heart mug rug

Do you like fabric textures and fabric manipulation? This is an easy fabric manipulation to start with.

Foundation paper piecing heart block

Make a potholder, a mini quilt or a lap quilt using this block and master foundation paper piecing while you’re at it.

XOXO lap quilt

This is a beginner quilt. Choose your favourite pink and grey fabrics and make this easy modern quilt. Equally beautiful in reds and blacks/greys.

Follow me napkins

Social media napkins - Raw edge free motion embroidery - Free tutorial and download

A set of 6 napkins of my favourite media services.Social media napkins - Raw edge free motion embroidery - Free tutorial and download

Social media napkins - Raw edge free motion embroidery - Free tutorial and download

I’m not the most active crafter in social media though I use several services to share my work. That’s how my Follow me napkins came about. Follow me!

Materials

  • 6 store bought white napkins
  • Double sided iron on interfacing
  • Fabric scraps for the icon background
  • White fabric for the logo

Download Follow me napkins (pdf) pattern.

Instructions

Print and cut out all the pattern shapes.

Trace 6 squares using the pattern.

Cut 6 squares.

Cut all icons with care.

Important:  All icons need to be traced over double sided iron interfacing from the wrong side. See photo below.

Then iron double sided interfacing on to the white fabric.

Cut logo carefully on the line.

Remove the paper to reveal the adhesive side.

Place logo on the background square making sure placement is in the right angle. And press following manufacturing instructions.

Now using black thread and machine free motion, embroider around the edge of the icon. I went around the edge about 3 times, maybe 4 in some areas.

You could use some fabric stabiliser to top fabric from puckering. My stabiliser of choice is just plain printer paper.

Now applique the square to the napkin.

Use printer paper as stabiliser placing it on the wrong side of the napkin.

Pin 3 layers well.

Stitch around the edges 3 times.

Social media napkins - Raw edge free motion embroidery - Free tutorial and download

Turn over.

Remove the paper.

Pinterest napkin is done!

Social media napkins - Raw edge free motion embroidery - Free tutorial and download

5 more to go.

In order to save iron on double sided interfacing -it is quite expensive after all- I traced all the other icons on one single line as per picture, pressed on fabric and then cut out the shapes.

Now Twitter’s turn.

Same deal as before. Use some paper as interfacing.

The paper is easy to remove.

Social media napkins - Raw edge free motion embroidery - Free tutorial and download

Skype’s logo is a bit tricky to cut. Make sure to use a small pair of scissors.

Tumblr.

LinkedIn.

And Facebook.

Social media napkins - Raw edge free motion embroidery - Free tutorial and download

Social media napkins - Raw edge free motion embroidery - Free tutorial and download

Social media napkins - Raw edge free motion embroidery - Free tutorial and download

Social media napkins - Raw edge free motion embroidery - Free tutorial and download

Social media napkins - Raw edge free motion embroidery - Free tutorial and download

Social media napkins - Raw edge free motion embroidery - Free tutorial and download

Valentine’s day patchwork

Traditional patchwork, improv patchwork, embroidery, fabric manipulation, foundation piecing and reverse applique. These are the techniques you can learn while you complete a Valentine’s Day project.

Love is the answer… hot water bottle cozy tutorial

With this tutorial you can start learning or polish up three different skills: patchwork, embroidery and applique.

 

Pigeon pair placemat set

Learn reverse applique and improv patchwork technique with this easy tutorial.

Scrappy heart potholder tutorial

The easiest block to start learning foundation piecing. This was my first try and a few more potholders down the track I’m doing a whole quilt using this patchwork technique.

 

Groovy heart mug rug

Do you like fabric textures and fabric manipulation? This is an easy fabric manipulation to start with.