Glue that is!
Whoo Hoo- the weekend is here and the Lizzie B Girls have something fun to share for National Sewing Month!
We’re so excited to celebrate our fav hobby with The Sewing Loft. When Heather asked us to choose our most used, very favorite sewing tool to blog about the first thing that popped into my mind was my iPhone. But, uh, aside from showing you fun sewing apps, zillions of mood-changing playlists, and a string of text messages displaying how we conduct biz (and shop together!), I didn’t think that particular tool would make for a very interesting SEWING project! Sewwwwww, I had to re-think THAT one. And while we Lizzie B Girls have LOTS of tools we use all the time, I’m going to introduce you to one that has really “stuck” with us. Like glue….you could say! *wink*
Roxanne’s Glue Baste-It is an absolute MUST HAVE tool in the respective Lizzie B studios. We do a LOT of applique, and this tool has saved us from constantly pricking ourselves with tiny applique pins and drawing unnecessary droplets of blood which inevitably end up on pristine white fabric. This lovely little tool is water-based, meaning, it won’t ruin your fabric. Hooray! Wanna see how we use it? Ok, let’s do some applique!
First you need to get all your tools together and get your APPLIQUE ON!
For a pdf of our applique instructions click *HERE*.
You will also need the Fleur shape….
Rummage through your lovely scraps of fabric and find the bits and pieces you would like to use. Cut a 5.5″ square for the background fabric of the fleur. I used black to make mine POP. Follow the simple prep steps (1-12) on our applique instructions to turn the edges of your fleur, now you’re ready for Roxanne’s Glue Baste-It.
The pieces are numbered in order of which to glue to your background first. Start with the leaves, big fleur shape…etc.
Once the appliqué shapes are glued together, carefully transfer the whole thing to the
Now stitch that cutie right down on the background! We stitch by hand, but this glue won’t hurt your machine either if you prefer machine applique. The other handy thing about this glue is that you can make a BUNCH of similar blocks and throw them in a project bag to be stitched on-the-go! Or if you’re like me…at the various sports games I attend for my children. Gotta have SOMETHING to sew, right?
Once your fleur is appliquéd on you’re ready to make a wonky pad! I’m calling it a wonky pad ‘cuz I don’t know what else to call it. You could make a bunch of wonky blocks and turn them into a table runner, or a pillow, or…not! This is a fun flip-n-stitch method which comes together REALLY fast. Here’s what you’ll need:
One piece of batting cut 10″ square. One piece of backing cut the same size. And two coordinating strips cut 2″ x 44″ each.
Now place your backing fabric wrong side up, put the piece of batting on top, and place your appliquéd block roughly in the center of the batting. Ready to flip-in-stitch?
Following the picture above, place your first strip right side down, matching the edge with the edge of your center block. Stitch down the strip using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Now flip your strip over and place your second strip on top of the first, right side down. You can put the second strip at a wonky angle, stitch it, then flip it. Don’t worry if it hangs over your batting, or doesn’t reach it. We’re going to square up the block when we’re done!
Repeat the same process on the other side. Then do the remaining two sides, using the opposite strips first. Now press your wonky-lookin’ block!
Next, trim the block down to about 9 1/2″. Or smaller if you prefer! I finished my pad with a strip of binding, only needing one 2 1/4″ x 44″ strip for the entire block. And VOILA! You’re done! Now what you decide to USE it for is up to you!
Is it a cute hot pad for your table?
Or a mug rug for your desk? Personally, I like it with my mug. But then, that’s one darn appropriate mug for us Lizzie B’s!
Don’t you just love how these girls get their crafty groove on! And let me just tell you that the colorful quilts and crazy patterns are such a play on their fun and out going personalities! When you first approach one of their booths, you know you have arrived into something amazing!
ps- I don’t have this in my tool box…. I’m thinking a trip to my local JoAnn’s is in order!