2/26/2012

Tutorial: Heart Shaped Reverse Applique

After you finish making the paper-pieced heart, the next step is the "Heart Shape Reverse Applique".
I am just sharing how I did it...you might have other easier ways to do this ...if so, please feel free to share, O.K.? :)

Here we go:
1. Use the templates - A big heart (A) and a small heart (B) to draw heart shape on the wrong side of the fabric
For pattern A, I cut out the heart shape, taped and then used the frame to draw the line.
Pattern B (about 1/4" smaller than Pattern A) is then used.
So this is what you get after drawing the templates
2. Next, cut out the heart shaped (template B) and then clip along the curve
I used a fabric roller to create crease by pressing along the heart shape (A) and then used the mini-hand presser to press the crease edge back - I think you can improvise by using something similar that give the same functions :)
3. Place the heart frame that you made on top of the paper-pieced heart, press and pin along the heart shape
4. Lastly, slip stitch to secure the heart frame onto the paper-pieced heart and iron press
Then you are done with this step -- Yeah!!
Next time, the tutorial will be on how to make the P.S. I Love You bag. :)
If you have any question, please let me know.

Thank you very much for your visit!










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2/23/2012

Thursday Think Tank - I am very thankful! :)



Thursday Think Tank

Thank you very much for the lovely comments for my "P.S. I LOVE You" bag.
I really appreciate the kind words and support I have received from all of you.

I have been more comfortable with my sewing machine and really wish I had more time to sew. 
I told my colleague's little girl that I would make her a pencil case. I sent a picture of the fabrics she could choose...and here it is
Her nickname is "New" so I put it on the back of the pouch.
It was the first time I tried to sew the zipper on the bag/purse using a sewing machine. And it was actually not as difficult as I thought it would be. :)

I am not sure if anyone will be interested in a tutorial on how to make this zipper pencil case since there might be other tutorials out there on the same style. But if you like, I could write one up after I finish the tutorial for the "P.S. I Love You" Bag.

I also would like to thank Niki @ Butternut Street for featuring my blog. :) She is a book lover, dog lover, quilt and crochet lover. Please check out her blog where she shares her pretty quilt, featuring some really cool blogs with great tutorial.

I will be back soon with the "Reverse Applique" tutorial.
Cheers!






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2/21/2012

Tutorial:Paper Pieced Heart with Template


I'm going to divided the tutorial for "P.S. I Love You" bag into several parts.
So let's start with the paper-piecing part first. :)

1. Let’s look at the Template…you will need 7 pieces of scraps
Note: when you print out the pattern; please make sure that in your print properties, the scaling is set to "None".
The pattern is in a pdf format. So, the acrobat reader is required.


 
Tip: If you are using fabrics from charm packs, it might be easier that you use the entire pieces for paper-piecing and then trim down to 1/4" seam allowance.

2. Trace the paper on the foundation paper -- click on the link to find out more information on the foundation paper.
Tip: I recommend that you use a marker for this step since it will be easier later when you stitch along the lines on this template.

    3. Next -– print out the template and cut the first block #1 out  or you can trace the first block (#1) on a piece of paper and cut it out—use this as a template to cut out the fabric with approximately ¼” seam allowance.

4. Place fabric block #1 on the template you prepared in the 2nd step – place the 2nd piece of the fabric facing down (right side together) onto the 1st piece, pin and then flip the foundation paper template over carefully and stitch along the line between block #1 and #2. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4".


(Tip: making sure that the 2nd piece of the fabric will cover the block #2, I usually will line up the edge of the fabric with block #1 with ¼” seam allowance over the stitch line, pinned down the 2nd piece along the seam allowance area and flip it to the opposite side to check that it cover the entire block)

In this picture, I already cut the 2nd fabric to have the size = block #2 plus ¼” seam allowance in all sides but I think it is easier if you use a bigger piece of fabric and then trim down later after you sew the piece in already.

5. Flip back over to the fabric side, then press fabric #2 back from fabric #1.
Here I use a mini-hand presser to press down the seam. You can either use the iron or your hand to press the seam but make sure that you do not skip this step, otherwise you might have some wrinkles on your finished work later.
6. Move on to other blocks - repeating step 4 and 5.


This picture is just to show you the back side.


Please leave me any question or comment you might have. 
I will be very happy to answer if I can. Thank you very much for stopping by! ^-^

 

 



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2/19/2012

My FNSI: "P.S. I Love You" Bag



Handmade by Heidi

My Friday Night Sew-in Result: the "P.S. I Love You" Bag :)

I got part of the bag done on Friday night..but did not finish it until Sunday afternoon.
"Front" view
"Back" View - Different style with a pocket :)
And to give you the idea of the size of this bag..I asked the security lady at my condo to be the model ;)
I'm working on the tutorial...I might have to split into different parts.
Can't wait to hear what you think of this bag!

Thank you very much for visiting my blog. :)






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2/17/2012

My Thursday Think Tank!

It's Thursday Think Tank Time again :)


Thursday Think Tank

So I would like to show you what I have been thinking and planning:
I used the template from the Stitchery Valentine Pillow Project from Amy @ A Home Made..to add a special touch.. Thank you very much, Amy! :)

The fabrics in the background will be used as a focus fabric on the other side of the tote and the grey dots on pink will be the lining.

I really like Veronica @ SewVery 's suggestion to applique on a pillow. :) Thanks Veronica for a great idea.
So I am going to use make another paper-pieced heart with this Reading Pillow pattern I'm making for my boyfriend.
I will get to see him in March when I go to the conference in the U.S. And I will enter this pillow in the Typography Challenge that Rikka @ Ricochet and Away and Keren @ Sew La Vie are co-hosting.



My boyfriend likes to read before he goes to bed..so a reading pillow will be a good gift in my opinion...the thing is ...he always implies that he is very manly so I'm not sure what he will think of a reading pillow with a cute heart on it. Any suggestion to make it look more manly? *LOL* Thank you in advance for your thoughts.

Also, Kelli @ Seriously I think it needs stitches and Rebecca @ Making Rebecca Lynne are co-hosting the giveaway for the Little Apples by Aneela Hoey Layer Cakes..so please head on over to their blogs for chances to win! :)
They also host the Keep 2012 Drama Free..and I have hopped on the band wagon! :)


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 Well...that's all for me for now..time to get ready to go to work!
Thank you very much for visiting my blog and enjoy your weekend..TGIF!!

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