Welcome to week #3 in our sew along!
If you are just getting started...
to download my free pattern:
to get your
Sew Simple Shapes
And check your favorite quilt shop to purchase the kit:)
I'm having so much fun playing with my
Cozy Christmas fabric and I hope you are too!
This week is Block Three...
In this block we will be using
for the garland and a red
on the top of the tree:)
if you need to download the
handy dandy cutting guide
from last weeks tutorial...
And cut your appliqué pieces
and interfacing according to the guide.
I'm going to show you an easy peasy way
to add the ric-rac garland onto your trees:
Cut two pieces of ric-rac 4" long and
two pieces 5" long.
This is how wide your fabric pieces are cut as well.
On the top piece measure 1 1/2" in from the
top and the bottom and mark a thin line with a mechanical pencil.
On the bottom piece measure in 3/4" from
the top and bottom and mark lines as well.
The lines on each piece
should measure 1" apart.
Now topstitch the ric-rac into place like this.
I always use an open toe foot on my machine
so that I can see EXACTLY
where the needle goes into my fabric
...and for this step especially it helps a lot!
After you have all of
your ric-rac top stitched...
Trace your sewing lines onto the interfacing pieces.
Make sure to place each shape
for the tree
right in the center of
the interfacing when tracing
so that the ric-rac will
be straight when you
sew it to the fabric:)
You can use the lines on your
cutting mat to help with this.
Now sew the interfacing and your
matching fabric pieces together
just like always...
and at the same time...
all of the ric-rac is sewn
into the seam allowance.
Trim about 1/4" past
your sewing lines like this.
Cut an "X" for turning
in the center of your interfacing.
If you need to brush up on this process:
to view my video tutorial from week one:)
Place your tree onto your
and either glue baste or
pin baste into place.
Measure 3/4" from the top and also
the bottom edge when placing your pieces.
Machine or hand appliqué
your Cozy Tree into place:)
I used 6 strands of my red
to sew the button onto the top...
and also to do the traditional decorative stitch over the ric-rac!
This is the way my grandma taught me to stitch on ric-rac when making aprons...
And I love how my Cozy Tree has
a cute candy cane striped garland!
I realized that I forgot to
trim my block to 6 1/2" square
BEFORE I sewed the button on:)
So I quickly snipped it off
and trimmed it up...
then sewed my flying geese
and half square triangles.
for week one instructions
if you are just starting!
I added my little bells border and
then sewed the button back on:)
I'm in love my
and it's cute little
candy cane striped garland.
So vintagey cute:)
I keep thinking how much my grandma
would have loved these blocks.
They would have gone so well with her
pink tinsel tree and vintage ornaments!
We have already finished
3 blocks in our sew along...
thanks to all of you cute people
for sewing with me!
Totally adorable! Thanks for showing us how to do that cute little detail on the ric-rac! You do such fun sew alongs! Can hardly wait for your new fabric coming in December!
Love this with the 'candy cane' garland. I really look forward to my Mondays and sewing along with these Christmas Blocks :)!
Wow...i just love the stitching over the ric rac...sooo cute!!!:)
The special touches......oh my.
Wow I haven't even started as just back from holiday, can't wait to get going x
I'm a little bit behind because this is my first hand appliqué and I am loving it!!! I am taking my time and being perfectly neat with Lori's wonderful, easy, instructions. Thanks so much Lori.
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