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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 strp 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.