I am always looking for some fun ways to incorporate machine embroidery into the crafts that I do, and a couple of nights I had a dream about this one. The creative process is always better when it is quiet.
I have used this product before from Pellon, called Peltex 72F Double-sided Fusible Ultra Firm Stabilizer, for another project a while back and loved the results when using it for machine embroidery. It lays flat and almost never puckers or ripples.
If you don't have an embroidery machine, don't worry I'm sure other embellishments will do. How about hand embroidery, applique, or screen printing? You might have to change the order of my steps a bit, but I think it can still work. I'm thinking about making a few in some of my favorite fabrics, (with no embellishments) to fill my tree. I quilter just gotta have her fabrics represented.
I started by cutting to ovals from Pellons, Peltex 72F, and one oval of the same size out of a piece of paper. Then I ironed a piece of white fabric, slightly larger than my oval to the side of peltex without the plastic backing. Then I removed the plastic backing from the other side and folded my fabric over the edge and ironed down.
I placed some Sticky in my hoop and using that piece of paper I cut out earlier, I folded in half and half again. Placed it on top of my fabric oval and placed it all inside my hoop on the Sticky. Using the folds as my guides and a disappearing ink marking pen to marked my center. Loaded it into my embroidery machine, making sure that my needle lined up to my center mark.
Then I punched out a design, one for the front and one for the back.
I placed the front on top of the back and sandwiched white piping in between, doing my best to pin in it place. I placed satin ribbon at the top and top stitched around the edge.
Then, I was all done! Do you like?
Have fun, play with it, and as always if you make one, send me the link. I love seeing what you come up with.
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