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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

Tutorial and patterns for social media napkins - Follow me napkins

TeresaDownUnder on Instagram

I have now an account in Instagram. My user name is TeresaDownUnder.

I’m gradually uploading photos of my old projects as well as the new ones with links to their tutorial.

Just follow me to get notifications when I post new tutorials on my blog.

 

Felt booties for baby

I had to make a quick gift for a baby yesterday. This is what I came up with. Aren’t they cute?

Free booties pattern

I used Bitty Booties pattern (pdf) by Heather Baileys. The pattern comes in two different sizes, 0-3 months and +6 months.

Miro thread sketching tutorial

This tutorial follows from the previous thread sketching tutorial I made. I will use both resulting sketches to make an item. If you prefer you can just make a placemat out of this sketch.

To do thread sketching you only need to have a machine that can have the feed dogs down while you stitch away so you can move your piece wherever way you want.

Materials

  • Some fabric scraps
  • Stabiliser (printing paper will do)
  • Thread in a contrasting colour. I used cream because my fabric was black but black on white/cream will work too
  • Miro painting outline (pdf)

Instructions

Print pattern. The pattern will print over 2 pages. You will need to trim one of the pages to the right or left, depending on the page you trim, align pages together and stick together with some tape.

Now cut a piece of fabric as large as the pattern.

Note: My piece of fabric is larger than the pattern because I trimmed the pattern as it was aligned to the top and I wanted it centered but I did that after I cut the piece of fabric using the pattern as a guide.

Pin well.

This time I did not add another piece of paper to the back because I thought it may not be necessary.

Now stitch along the lines one first time using free motion.

This time I only stitch through the design once to see if it was any easier to remove the paper.

Remove paper.

Easier said than done! I almost gave up and threw this piece in the bin.

Some thoughts about using paper as stabiliser

It is not always easier to use paper than it is to use proper stabiliser. This could be helped with shorter stitches perhaps.

This pattern had more lines than the Picasso sketch I did last time so it was more time consuming. I put the whole thing in water in the end and yes, it was easier to remove the paper but bits still got trapped in the stitches.

It looked like this.

In the end I think I had an eureka moment and I decided to turn the piece around. I used a solid fabric and you couldn’t tell which side was up.

This is what the back looked like.

Finishing the sketching

Now it was time to finish up the piece by adding some fancy stitching, mostly zigzag stitch, on different areas.

You will need some stabiliser on the back for this step but that’s fine because if you don’t get it all out it doesn’t matter as it will be hidden.

So pin the paper to the back of the piece.

So I went over all lines and added zig zag stitches here and there and also some straight stitches too.

So this is what the sketched looked like after I finished.

I’ll be using both sketches to make a brush case holder in next tutorial.

Picasso thread sketching tutorial

Thread sketching is something I had wanted to try for a while.

To do thread sketching you only need to have a machine that can have the feed dogs down while you stitch away so you can move your piece wherever way you want.

I chose a Picasso drawing, a pastel to be precise, to do my first test run. The drawing has very few simple lines and I thought it was easy enough to start.

Materials

  • Some fabric scraps
  • Stabiliser (I used printing paper because I find it easier to remove than proper stabiliser though it didn’t turn out to be so easy in the end)
  • Thread in a contrasting colour. I used cream because my fabric was black but black on white/cream will work too
  • Picasso drawing outline (pdf)

Instructions

Print pattern on an A4 piece of paper.

Cut a piece of fabric the same size as the paper pattern and get another piece of paper the same size.

Lay one on top of the other as in the photo.

Pin.

Now simply, with your dogs down stitch along the lines.

It may be necessary to stitch twice along the same line. This is even desirable to add a nice effect.

This is the back of the sandwich.

Remove the paper.

WARNING: this can be a bit time consuming.

The outline is done. Now add some zigzag stitching on certain spots to add some interest.


Detail

I added some zigzag stitches on some areas of the outline. Notice how some areas have double lines.

This sketch is done. The sketch can be turned into a potholder at this stage.

I will make something else with it… Stay tuned…