Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Applique letters with fusible web --- "draw on the fabric" method

Letters applique is one of the easiest methods to create something from almost nothing in no time.
Placing a monogram, a meaningful word or a name on a pouch, pillow cover, or quilt is a creative and fast way to transform a common object into a special one. 


Usually, when using fusible web the main applique steps are these:

1. Print out the letters of the size that you like.
2. Reverse the printed sheets with letters and tape them on a window or light screen. You need to reverse the letter so it reads the correct way on the finished item.
3. Place over the printed letters the fusible web with the paper side up and draw around the needed letters.
4. Cut the letter shape out from the fusible web leaving a small margin around the edge.
5. Take the fabric you want to cut the letters from and place it with the wrong side up on the ironing board. Carefully place the fusible web letters on top of the fabric. Press according to manufacturer's instructions. 
6. Leave the fabric with the fused letters to cool for a couple of minutes.
7. Cut precisely on the pencil lines that you drew.
8. Remove the paper backing from all the letters.
9. Place the fabric letters onto the background fabric, coated side down.
10. When you're happy with the placement of the letters, iron them in place. 
11. Sew the letters in place. You could use different types of stitches for this: straight, blanket stitch, zigzag, satin stitch.


If your first 3 steps are these:

1. Print out the letters of the size that you like.

2. Tape the printed sheets in NORMAL position (not reversed) on a window or light screen.

3. Place over the printed letters the piece of FABRIC with the RIGHT SIDE UP and draw around the needed letters.

Next, you could proceed as follows:

4. Take the piece of fabric with the drawn letters (in normal position) on its right side and place it with the WRONG SIDE up on the ironing board. Cut a piece of the fusible web according to the fabric piece dimension.
Carefully place the fusible web piece on top of the fabric. Press according to manufacturer's instructions. 
5. Leave the fused fabric to cool for a couple of minutes.
6. Gently cut inside the pencil edges of the letters. This way, you will get rid of the pencil traces. 

the wrong side of the fabric letters with the paper backing of the fusible web still attached

If you still have some visible lines, do not worry. The stitch for securing the edges will cover them.

Next, you will follow the steps of the usual method:

7. Remove the paper backing from all the letters.

8. Place the fabric letters onto the background fabric, coated side down and iron them in place.

9. Sew the letters in place.

 When choosing the letters for applique I would recommend a quite simple shape as this will be easier to both cut and sew.

If you are thinking about having some fun adding words to your projects, you might consider the Printable set of letters I drew.

The pdf file contains 26 printable capital letters in normal orientation and reversed, grouped in  3 sets according to the height of the letters  (measured from top to bottom):
- 2"(5 cm), 2 ½"(6.5 cm) and 3"(7.6 cm) height

For this pouch I printed the set of letters of 2" (5 cm) height, shrinking to 60% to get letters of about 1 " (3 cm) height.

Enjoy your sewing hours!

Have a beautiful day, my dears!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Spell your name - Drawstring bags for kids with appliqued letters

It's full Summer but around me, people who have kids have started preparing them to go back to kindergarten. Slowly but surely.

One of my friends asked me to make her two drawstring bags for her nephew who will go for the first time to the kindergarten. The only expressed wishes were to write his name: Toma, and the bag's dimension: 13" x 17" (33 cm x 43 cm).

Because the name was short, it gave me the opportunity to create a little visual story with more chances to be loved by the little boy. Instead of just laying down the letters over the bag background I created the designs of two toys (that are near the boys hearts from generations): a van and a truck and made them carrying the name.
I have made a few layouts offering to my friend different color combinations to choose from.
These are her choices.

 My Pickup Truck - simple drawstring bag


My Truck - lined drawstring bag 

with two big interior pockets

and one exterior zippered pocket

I like so much this striped zipper that I stitched it on top of the pocket opening. It integrates so well into the design of the bag!

The cars and letters are raw edge applique. For securing the edges I used zig zag stitch and blanket stitch.

I thought the shapes of the two cars so that their pieces to be easy to cut and assemble.

And the same way I thought the design of the letters.
I tried to give it a simple and playful layout because I needed an alphabet set I can use in as many projects as possible, not only in this particular one.

I think that the pillows, quilts, home decorations, pouches, bags, T-shirts, gift wraps, even wall art, including names, monograms, words and popular phrases, have a special, personal, modern look that stands out in the most pleasant way.

If you plan some projects needing some capital letters, maybe the template I used for this drawstring bags will help you too.

The Alphabet Capital Letters Template is here.
For these drawstring bags, I used the 2" reversed templates of the letters.

Enjoy your work!

Have a beautiful day, my dears!

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Monday, 3 July 2017

I Love My Doll applique pillow cover quilt pattern is ready!

I just launched the pattern of a cute little quilt:
I love my doll!

Its dimensions -  16" x 16 " -  are ideal for a pillow case or a wall hanging for a lovely little girl.  
The pattern includes instructions for a pillow case.
The main technique is the raw edge applique - simple and fast. One border added to the doll block and the quilt top is ready. Oh, I forgot to tell you that the doll name is Emma.
I told you something about her and her sister a while ago when I introduced them to you.

The pattern provides:
- instructions for preparing the applique pieces
- instructions for piecing the quilt top
- instructions for preparing one color and two color prairie points
- suggestions for securing the applique edges and quilting
- instructions for finishing the quilt 
- instructions for assembling the pillow cover
- layout suggestions
- ready to print templates

There are 40 illustrations and diagrams gathered in 16 pages.
The measurements are in inches.

You need:
- one fat quarter or 18" x 18" piece of fabric for border; 
- one fat quarter or 18" x 18" piece of fabric for backing
- one fat quarter or 16" x 22" piece of fabric for the pillow back
- a few pieces of fabric for the appliqued doll 
- 2 ½ " x 80" for binding
- 18 " x 18" 
Fusible web - about 8 " x 18" or temporary adhesive spray or fabric glue that maintains its qualities after pressing.
Water soluble pen, red and black permanent markers
Scissors, coordinated thread
Open – toe foot for securing the applique edges

In addition to this pattern, I'm working on the templates of a few friends of Emma. Girls and boys. You will have the possibility to add one by one a collection of applique dolls for your kid's room or to choose the ones they like most.
Emma's friends will be available as templates only. You will use the instructions of Emma pattern, launched today, I love my doll!
Emma's friends individual templates will be listed in my Etsy pattern shop, as I will finish them.

I love my doll pattern is here.
I hope you will enjoy it!

Have a beautiful day, my dears!

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Friday, 30 June 2017

Summer Backpack, Summer Bag

In this part of the world, we have a hot Summer.
I managed to reorganize my summer clothes and shoes, but I realized once again that I don't have a summer backpack assorted with such a lightweight outfit yet. 
From some time, my spine likes backpacks more than bags.
As I had in my stash a few yards of fabric I bought a long time ago having in mind backpacks, bags and pouches, three days ago I started to make it.
I didn't have a pattern, I just knew how I want it to look.

It took me two days to finish it but only because I had no idea how to do it. Everything was set up on the go.

That's why the two exterior pockets I placed on each side came out too small. But they are still large enough for the cell phone and keys.

The interior is roomy and handy as it has two large pockets. Of course, I looove pockets! 
I think you never have enough pockets!

The next one will be perfect, I'm sure.

But for now, I have to make a bag for one of my friends. 
I will use my Bluebell bag pattern because my friend told me that it has one key feature she loves most: the exterior zippered pocket placed on one side. 

At the first glance, this pocket looks like a usual one. In fact, it is a tricky pocket.
Thru the little opening, you access actually the both interior sides of the bag. No, you don't get in the bag. It is a huge pocket embracing the whole bag.
This means enough room both to keep the things you need to have on hand and to create a secret place hiding your precious things. Reading these, it seems to be contradictory. In fact, I thought this space to have just this functionality. It really works. 

So, I'm going back to work.

Have a beautiful day, my dears!

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Monday, 15 May 2017

Retro Car applique in a few steps

I dream about a quilt with retro cars for a while. Maybe a bed quilt, maybe a wall quilt. I have not yet decided which one to make.

I love also appliqué.
I started a few projects having raw edge appliqué as main quilting technique in order to practice the ways of securing the edges of the appliqued pieces.
Today I share one of them combined with a little thread painting.

I drew an old BMW because is my favorite car brand.
In order to give it some texture and 3D look, I outlined the possible shining and shadowed areas of the car in a few little areas of color shades.
I made a template and printed it.

I transferred the design onto the background fabric.
I traced the design of the pieces onto the paper side of the fusible web and fused them on the wrong side of the fabric pieces.

After cutting them out and peeling-off the fusible web, I put each piece in place.

I checked that all the pieces are in place and I carefully pressed them.

Normally, next I would have added the batting and backing to make the quilt but this time I wanted to see how it will look using tear-away stabilizer.

I sat at the sewing machine assuming the needle was a pencil in my hand. I intended to cover two tasks: outlining the car shape and fading the edges of the fabric pieces to make them shade imperceptibly into each other acting like illuminated and shaded areas.

The result was this. For a first time, I think it looks pretty good.

Next time I will add batting to make a quilt. I will think also if there are some areas or edges to secure before quilting.
We will see.

If you are in a mood for a quick and nice applique project, maybe you would like to try this one.

Until next time,
Have a beautiful day, my dears!

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Saturday, 8 April 2017

A sneak peek into my work room

I'm sure that I'm not the only one feeling energized by the fresh signs of Spring.
Every day the tree branches become greener and the sun enriches the color palette of the gardens encouraging more and more flowers to bloom.
In the morning I open the window and I can't wait to feel the cool air coming into the room. This gives me an unexpected strength and inspiration to work quick and happy and to sew more and more of the projects from my long to-do list.

So, I just finished another pillow cover quilt for a new pattern.
I made the design last year and let it wait until now.
It might seem a complicated layout but in fact, it is not. In the pattern, I do my best to explain all the leading steps to complete the quilt without fails.

Until it will be finished, If you need some inspiration for your future sewing projects, maybe you will find something here.

So that is all for today.
Back to work, now.

Have a beautiful weekend, my dears!

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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Something new to sew - Quilted Pillow Cover pattern release

Do you like applique?
I do. I always did.
It was just a matter of time to design my own pattern.
And here it is:

It's so easy to make, so quick to complete!

And sooo beeeautiful, isn't it?

The pieces are simple and symmetrical. Easy to cut, easy to fuse, easy to stitch down.

I know, it sounds like a shameless self-promotion, but actually, these are the grounds that had driven to writing the pattern.

You need only a few hours of work (looking more like a child's play), two fat quarters and a few fabric scraps and strips.

You might use this design also for a cute table topper or even for a lovely quilt.
One Happy Flowers pillow, table topper or wall quilt and you will feel like Spring and Summer are forever in your home.

I thought the pattern as a simple and friendly guide, providing
- a lot of pictures
- instructions for fusing, stitching, piecing, washing and for assembling the pillow cover
- all the necessary templates
- suggestions for layout variation

And to smooth its way into the world,

During 2 - 4 April 2017

 I will offer my 

Happy Flower Quilted Pillow Cover 

at a reduced price!

You are welcome in my shop!

Have a beautiful week, my dears! 

Sunday, 26 March 2017

New pattern on the go

In the last few weeks, I have been working on a new pattern.
It went unexpectedly well. The work was easy and fun. 
From the drawings to the cutting and sewing, everything bound so well.
It's an applique quilt for a pillow cover front which gives the perfect opportunity to use the pile of leftover fabrics and besides all to bring indoor the lovely signs of the warm season.

First time I used these flower design a few month ago. I wrote about it here. It had so much success that I wanted to use it again in another project. And so, I made this pattern called "Happy Flowers". 
It has one more step to go. Proofreading and testing.
And here comes my request to you: 
Is there anyone willing to help me in this matter?
Do you want to test my pattern?
Could you send me in about 10-14 days your feedback (including pictures of your work)?
The only way I can make it up to you is to offer the final corrected form of the pattern.

In case you need it, my email address is on the right sidebar - "Email me".

Hoping for a positive response from you.

Thank you!

Have a beautiful week, my dears!

Monday, 6 March 2017

Improvisational quilts at a small scale

I had to make a few tablet sleeves. A perfect occasion to sew again mini quilts.
This time I approached a difficult theme: improvisation.


I just picked up the fabric pieces by color, no matter if the fiber was natural or synthetic.

incorporated in this tablet sleeve front:


I used only my hand painted fabrics.

and the tablet sleeve to which it belongs now


Using my hand painted fabrics


transformed in this tablet sleeve front

For these tablet sleeves, I used Little Wonders pouch pattern by Geta Grama.
I just changed the original size to get about 13" x 9".

I liked the improvisational process. I think I will try it again.

Have a beautiful day, my dears!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy Valentines day!

Hello, my friends!
I hope you have a day full of love!

In this special day, I want to share with you one little project for which I used my Urban Folk block, a few little pieces from my hand painted fabrics and a few pieces of denim.
I chose this pattern because it has let me to suggests the close bound between two people loving each other only by the way of combining the fabrics.

I kept the idea also when I quilted it.

 And finally, look what it came out:

The pouch back:

It was a quick and cute project.
Urban Folk block pattern is so versatile and easy to do, that only by scale it and place it between a few strips of fabrics you might use it not only for making lovely pillows
but for modern quilts

 place mats

 and as you might see in this post, for special pouches or bags.

If you like it and want to use it in your future projects, it waits for you here.

For now, I have a gift for you:
one free quilting design for all of you, my dear quilting enthusiasts.

Right-click on the image and chose "Save image as...". Print it at the needed size and transfer the design on the quilt top.You might use one color thread or several colors of thread.

Look how it might look the quilting by repeating and shifting the  Joined Petals design.

Please respect my work and note that the design is for your personal use only - not for resale or redistribution.

Thank you!

Have a beautiful Valentines Day!

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