Well hi there! I'm Michelle May of The Raspberry Rabbits! I am honored once again to be invited by Madame Samm to share a tutorial with you!
Lately I have been designing wool applique patterns and thought you might enjoy a fun little tutorial. I am a penny "pincher," but since the theme this month is kitchen related, I thought a penny "pitcher" would be perfect! hee,hee,hee. I crack myself up!
First you need some wool felt. I used my BFF #7 (bundle of fun felt). I sell these in my SHOP along with many other supplies and patterns.
You will also need some fusible web. I am the queen of using fusible web! LOOOOOOOOVE IT! Ok...sorry about that. I get carried away sometimes.
Trace the pattern pieces onto the fusible web. Like I said, I'm a penny pincher, so I'm pretty stingy with my fusible web. I try not to waste any of it so I trace smaller pieces into larger areas.
You will need two 5 3/4" x 9" pieces of black wool for the background. You also need a 3/4" x 2 3/4" piece of yellow wool and a 5 3/4" x 1" piece of orange wool. These sizes are all listed on the layout page for your convenience.
Using the layout page as a guide, fuse the pieces in place onto one of the background pieces. Oooo...pretty!
Now you need some floss. I'm a designer with Valdani Threads and I Looooooooove their 3 Strand, handoverdyed, colorfast floss. These are the colors I used for this project. I have them in my SHOP along with lots of other fun colors.
Now add some decorative stitching to your applique. I like using a running stitch as I like a simple, primitive look. If you like a blanket stitch, then you could use that. Whatever makes you happy! :) I also used 1/4" buttons inside my flowers.
Now you'll need some freezer paper for this part. Trace 4 penny flaps onto the dull side of the freezer paper.
Then fold a piece of black felt in half. Line the top of the freezer paper flaps up on the fold of the felt. Now cut your flaps out on the pencil lines.
Next, fuse the stars to the flaps keeping them closer to the bottom as the top of the flap will be sewn inside the background pieces.
Make simple stitches around the star to hold in place and add a button. Then fold the flap over and stitch together around the edge.
Whip stitch the penny flaps to the back of the appliqued piece being sure to line them all up.
Pin the remaining 5 3/4" x 9" piece of black wool to the appliqued piece. Now stitch the sides and bottom of the orange strip securing the front and back wool pieces together.
And then stitch down the sides leaving the top open. Again, use whatever stitch you like.
Add a piece of wire for hanging. You could also use some jute, ribbon, or yarn if you don't have wire.
Here are the links to the pattern layout and the pieces.
Thank you very much Samm for inviting me again. I had a great time and I hope everyone enjoys this project.
Hop over and visit with me and the bunnies sometime. We also have a Free BOM going on! It's "The Adventures of Harrington and Hannah." We would love to have you join us!
xx, Michelle May, The Raspberry Rabbits
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