Good morning cute people!
Today is week #7:)
We are half way through our
Cozy Christmas blocks already!
If you are just joining us
and need to download
the free pattern:)
to get a set of
Sew Simple Shapes
We are using the Cozy Christmas fabric collection!
Today we are making this cute little guy:)
One fabric...one shape!
We are using NUTMEG Solid by Riley Blake
to download the cutting guide
and cut your interfacing and fabric.
You will need
4 pieces of 2" long ric-rac
for his frosting:)
I'm going to show you my
easy peasy method of
sewing the ric-rac on all in one step!
I traced my shape... and then drew a line
3/4" up from the bottom of each leg...
and 1/2" in from each arm.
This is where I will place my ric-rac when sewing.
I sewed on my marked line just like normal...
and placed a piece directly under the line on the first arm and held it into place.
No need to pin...its better if you don't so it will lie flat.
As I got to that part...
I continued stitching on the line and across the trim at the same time.
I backstitched a few stitches over the trim just to secure it.
I continued sewing...
inserting each piece of trim as I came to it like this....
Until I had completely stitched around
the gingerbread man and all four pieces of trim:)
I trimmed my 1/4" seam allowance...
And clipped all 5 "cleavage" areas.
I cut my interfacing for turning...
And turned each arm and leg one at a time...
carefully making sure that the trim flipped over to the front:)
This is how he looked after turning but before pressing.
I pressed each arm and leg and then the head separately before I pressed the whole shape at once.
I used my turning tool to get all of the edges as smooth as I could before pressing.
I traced my embroidery lines on before basting him to the background.
I placed hime 3/4" down from the top and 3/4" up from the bottom:)
I went through my jar and chose three
To go down the center.
Now he's all ready for appliqué...
embroidery and button sewing!
You can hand stitch the
ric-rac down with white thread:)
I used 6 strands of my
for the embroidery and also
to sew on each button:)
After trimming my block to 6 1/2" square...
I used the yellow and aqua
little bells print for the inner border:)
And added my flying geese and
half square triangles pieced border.
Take a photo of your cute little
gingerbread man and post him on
so that we can all see him:)
Sew you next week!