Explore and appliqué! Learn fabric texturizing techniques shown in the CME November/December 2007 issue, then use your stitched samples as ornament appliqués in this easy-to-stitch holiday wallhanging by designer Rebecca Kemp Brent. See "Terrifically Tactile" on pages 54 to 59 of the November/December 2007 issue for fabric manipulation instructions. Click here to order this issue.
Note: All yardages are for woven fabrics with at least 40" of usable width.
- 1/2 yard of blue tone-on-tone for background
- 1 yard of contrasting print for borders
- Scraps of fuchsia, purple, gold and green fabrics for appliqués
- Tear-away stabilizer
- 1/4" wide flat gold braid
- 1/4" wide fusible web tape
- Fusible quilt batting
- Embroidery, bobbin and sewing threads
- Appliqué ornament embroidery designs of your choice
- From the blue fabric, cut a 12 1/2" x 30 1/2" rectangle.
- From the print fabric, cut a 16 1/2" x 34 1/2" rectangle for the backing, two 2 1/2" x 34 1/2" strips for side borders, and two 2 1/2" x 16 1/2" strips for top and bottom borders.
- From the fusible batting, cut a 16 1/2" x 34 1/2" rectangle.
- Lay the batting, fusible side up, on a pressing surface. Center the blue rectangle, right side up, on the batting (there will be a 2" margin of batting all around). Cover with a non-stick press cloth to protect the iron and press to fuse the fabric to the batting.
- Mark three embroidery locations on the blue fabric as shown in (A). The measurements are taken from the upper and left edges of the blue fabric, not the batting.
- Finger-press strips of 1/4"-wide fusible tape to the blue fabric, extending from the fabric's upper edge to the embroidery locations. Remove the protective paper from each strip, cover with 1/4" wide gold braid and press to fuse, following the manufacturer's directions.
- Texturize the fuchsia, purple and gold fabrics with pintucks as detailed in "Terrifically Tactile" in the November/December 2007 Creative Machine Embroidery. The purple fabric is decorated with groups of straight twin needle pintucks; the fuchsia fabric, with intersecting twin needle pintucks; and the gold, with serpentine stitch twin needle pintucks.
- Hoop the batting and fabric with the first location centered. Float tear-away stabilizer under the hoop for additional stability. Embroider the design, using the texturized fabrics and other fabric scraps as appliqué materials. Repeat to stitch all three ornaments.
- When embroidery is complete, carefully tear away the excess stabilizer and press the project. Maneuver the iron around the texturized appliqués to avoid flattening them.
- Lay the embroidered fabric and batting, wrong side up, on the work surface. Smooth the backing fabric, right side up, onto the batting wrong side. The edges should match. Pin along all four edges.
- Press under 1/4" on one long edge of each border strip. Lay a short border piece along the upper edge of the backing, right sides together, matching raw edges.
- Lay the remaining short border strip along the lower edge, right sides together, matching raw edges. Lay a long border strip along each side of the project, right sides together, matching the raw edges and overlapping the upper and lower strips (B).
- Stitch around all four edges with a 1/4" seam.
- Trim the corners to reduce bulk. Turn the border strips to the wall hanging right side and press the edges (C). Note: Remember that the batting's fusible surface is exposed around the center panel, so exercise caution while pressing.
- Pin the borders' pressed edges in place, overlapping the embroidered central section 1/4". Topstitch the pressed border edges through all layers to complete the banner.
Designs: In the Hoop Designs, Christmas Cheer Appliqué Collection 5" x 7", designs
Floriani fusible batting from RNK Distributing.
Steam-A-Seam 2 fusible web tape from The Warm Company.