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Tutorial: Merry Christmas bunting

Christmas bunting tutorial - free motion embroidery applique

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery

Here is my favourite Christmas decoration. It’s quite long at 140″ but can be adjusted.

Patterns

Fabric needs

  • assorted scrap fabric in white and red for the appliqué. Use fabrics that will have enough contrast so the design shows through
  • assorted scrap fabric in white, green and red for the triangles
  • lightweight fusible interfacing for the flags
  • black thread
  • felt scraps in beige
  • stranded cotton in beige
  • double sided interfacing for the appliqué
  • 140″  x 1 1/2″ bias tape in red, green or white

Tracing and fusing the appliqué

Trace the appliqué on to the double sided interfacing. I only used interfacing for cotton fabrics. The felt pieces weren’t fused, just pinned in place and stitched by hand.

Cut each shape roughly leaving some space around each shape and fuse to the fabric, then to the triangles following the manufacturer’s instructions. I used Heat’n Bond, the light variety.

After ironing, cut each shape and place on the flag. Place all shapes together and fuse at once.

Draw the eyes, the snowman buttons and any other lines you will be stitching along.

After the fabric is fused, cut the felt pieces and stitch to the design.

Now iron on the lightweight fusible interfacing to the back of the triangle. The interfacing will make the bunting sit better but it will also act as stabiliser for the appliqué.

Now the fun part starts. Using black thread stitch all around the appliqué edges as in the original paper sketches.

Don’t worry if your lines aren’t straight, mine are pretty rough.

Go around each line at least twice. I used the darning foot but didn’t lower the dogs so the fabric wasn’t too loose. I found that I didn’t have so much control with the dogs down.

You will end up with a lot of threads at the end of it. Just cut them close to the fabric so they don’t show through the fabric.

 

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery

Close ups

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery

Now let’s add all the lettering MERRY XMAS.

Download the typography (pdf), print it and proceed to fuse it to the flags.

Cut 9 flags and fuse the letters to the flags.

Cut 9 triangles of one sided fusible interfacing and iron to the back of each flag.

Then draw the inside lines of each letter to make it 3D as per pattern.

Stitch around each line and around the edge of each letter as per picture below).

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery

Now you will need to add some backing to each flag. Cut 13 triangles in a matching fabric or calico.

Place front and back flags right sides together and stitch around 2 sides leaving the top open to turn inside out. Trim the pointy end of the triangle before turning inside out.

Note: I forgot to take a picture of this step so the photos below are from a similar project.

Turn inside out and push the corner out with a pointy blunt instrument. Iron flat.

Top stitch each triangle around 3 sides leaving a one quarter seam allowance.

Trim the open end of each triangle.

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery

The triangles are ready to be placed on the bias tape.

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery

Sewing the bunting to the bias tape

Distribute the flags along the strip.

Fold the strip in half and pin it in the middle. Use this mark to place the first flag.

After pinning the first flag, continue to place a flag on each side leaving 3 ½ inches separation between flags.

After all flags have been pinned, top stitch along the strip.

Fold both ends of the strip to make a hook as per picture.

Stitch.

All done.

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery

Sweet Christmas embroidery tray cover

Sweet Christmas embroidery tray cover tutorial

This is a tutorial for a pot holder or tray cover.

Materials

  • White linen fabric
  • Variegated embroidery floss for the lettering
  • Embroidery floss in pastel colours
  • Bias tape. Mine is homemade and is 1 7/8 in wide

Embroidery pattern

I used one of the 300 embroidery motifs in the last Aimee Ray’s last book: Doodle Stitching: The holiday motif collection. The words Sweet Christmas (pdf) are mine.
Embroidery stitch: stem stitch (watch video).

Measure your tray
All the measurements are for my tray. Yours will likely be different so you will have to measure it in the following way.
First measure the inside width and length.

The measurements of my tray are 12 1/4 x 16 1/4 inches for the base.

Cut a 13 in x 17 in rectangle from the linen fabric.

Trace the embroidery on the fabric.

Stitch using stem stitch and back stitch.

Trim the rectangle to the size of your tray base + 1/4 in.

Now cut the backing fabric using the embroidery piece as a measure and add 1 inch all around.

Use the backing piece to cut the batting roughly.

Pin the three pieces together and with the help of something round such as a bowl or a glass draw around each corner.

Quilt as desired. I used stipple quilting.

Then cut the round corners.

I made my own bias tape but you can use store bought bias tape. Make sure you measure all around your piece and cut enough tape to cover all sides plus 2 extra inches.

I will be stitching the bias tape by machine on both sides so I’ll start by pinning the bias tape on the backing side of the quilted piece.

You will need to use lots of pins for the corners.

Stitch all around and turn over.

Now pin the binding to the right side.

Use your machine to finish.

Done!

This binding method can look very neat.

Sweet Christmas embroidery tray cover tutorial

Sweet Christmas embroidery tray cover tutorial

Doodle Stitching: the holiday motif collection is out! And I’m in it!

Doodle Stitching: the holiday motif collection was out last month and now that I’ve seen the book I can say it’s a truly beautiful book with heaps of embroidery motifs to use and 21 full projects, including my own!

This is the second book I contribute to and it is particularly special because this is a book by Aimee Ray, my favourite embroidery designer.

So if you like embroidering, or even if you’re a beginner, head out to Amazon, look inside the book and read the great reviews the book has received so far.

If I had to choose one word to define this book it would be adorable.

You can see more of this book on Lark crafts website.

 

“Never Been Stitched: 45 No-Sew & Low-Sew Projects” is out!

This is quite exciting for me.

Yesterday I received a complimentary copy of Never Been Stitched, a crafts book with 45 no- and low-sew projects to which I contributed the Merry no-sew ornament and the suggestion of a quilted Christmas ball, both made only with folded fabric pinned to a polystyrene shape (see pictures of the projects above).

From the Barnes and Noble site:

Imaginative, inventive, and filled with beautiful things to make, Never Been Stitched is the ultimate collection of no- and low-sew projects. Thanks to fusible webbing, fabric glue, grommets, and other fun materials and techniques, crafters barely need a needle. Forty-five fast and simple items range from a folded market bag to a cute kid’s apron to a plush pillow. A short basics section plus templates help even beginners create quick and stylish garments, home décor, and other accessories.

If you’re interested in purchasing the book a quick search will take you to Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

The publisher, Lark Crafts, is also giving away free downloads from Never Been Stitched.

No sew Christmas ornament tutorial

No sew Christmas ornament - polystyrene ball and ribbon

No sew Christmas ornament - polystyrene ball and ribbon

No sew Christmas ornament - polystyrene ball and ribbon

This project is made with fabric folding techniques.

  • 2 squares of 2 1/2 inch wide ribbon for each side in sparkly red
  • 1 1/2 yards of ribbon 1 1/2 inch wide in gold. Use ribbon that has malleable edging
  • 1/2 inch red ribbon
  • a 2 1/2 inch polystyrene ball
  • headpins

Take one 2 1/2 inch square and pin to the ball as per picture.

From the gold ribbon cut 18 1 1/2 inch squares.

Fold in a triangle once.

And then again

Place the triangle against the edge of the red square and in the centre and pin on each side.

Do the same on each side.

Now fill in the gaps.

Continue to do another row placing the triangle points in between each triangle bellow.

When you’ve pinned all triangles do the other side in the same way.

There will be a gap in between both sides.

Now take the rest of the ribbon and mark it at 1/2 inch intervals.

The markings will be your guide to make the box pleats.

Check out my tutorial on peekaboo pleating for a guide on how to make the pleats.

This is what the edges of the pleating looks like.

If using malleable ribbon you don’t need to stitch the pleats so that they stay into shape.

When you have done enough pleats to cover the ball, about 9 1/2 inches, wrap the pleated ribbon around the ball to cover the gap and pin on each pleat. Then place a narrow red ribbon on the middle and pin to the pleated ribbon all around the ball.

No sew Christmas ornament - polystyrene ball and ribbon

Now, look at the picture and fold each opposite corners of each pleat as per photo. To achieve this effect, your gold ribbon has to have malleable edges so that the corners stay in place after folding.

No sew Christmas ornament - polystyrene ball and ribbon

Closeup

No sew Christmas ornament - polystyrene ball and ribbon

View from the top.

No sew Christmas ornament - polystyrene ball and ribbon

Using the red narrow ribbon, make a couple of loops with it as per picture and then a larger loop to hang and pin to the ball.

No sew Christmas ornament - polystyrene ball and ribbon

The ornament is done.

No sew Christmas ornament - polystyrene ball and ribbon

If you are interested in fabric folding, check my other fabric folding tutorials.