Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Today's Accomplishments 9/16/08 and Applique Tutorial

Here are the scrap balls I've been working on displayed as decorations...
(Above is my collection of antique found bottles, & a cigar box that belonged to my grandfather. The scrap balls are in the background.)
(Above the scap balls are being used as book ends/holders & you can see the scrap cat I made which was designed after a toy my grandmother made a long time ago.)
(Above you can see where I have all my yarn and thread stored. Nothing fancy here! but they are pretty baskets)

Awhile ago my husband asked me to make some deployment flags to sell on Etsy. I made one for him and he really likes it. Technically, it's not to specs but is more stylized. When my husband isn't deployed I have a place in my home where it has a permament place, as it reminds us of the sacrifice he makes every day. I began working on the stars for 5 flags today and I wrote a sort of tutorial for an easy applique method.

Rating: Beginner Tutorial

Begin with the exact pattern you'll want and interfacing. Trace the pattern on to the interfacing.
Cut out the interfacing leaving at least a 1/4 inch from the traced line.

Now here is the trick! Cut a hole inside the traced lines. Don't worry... you'll never see this in the finished product.

Pin the traced interfacing to your chosen fabric.

Sew all the way around on the traced line.

Trim to 1/4 inch from the sewn line, clip the points and clip the inside corners up to the sewn line.

Now turn it right side out through that hole you previously made.

Poke out the points. I use a fancy mechanical pencil with no lead showing, you can use whatever you have on hand.

Lastly, iron your item flat & Viola! Now you can either hand or machine applique it on to you project!

After I completed the stars for the deployment flags I don't know what I did, I mean, I did something totally unrelated to sewing & can't remember what it was so it must not have been important. lol

After that I finished several crochet items I've been working on. All I did was hide the ends & cut them off. There is nothing too important about them. I made several dishcloths which helped me practice all the different stitches. I also made a 3-d flower... it's so pretty... but I have no idea what to do with it now. :)
I also finally finished a skirt for myself today! Yay!!! I've been putting off finishing this skirt because other things have been more important. Anyways, here it is!

What did you accomplish today?

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