Moda Bake Shop Basics: Machine Applique

Machine Applique is probably the most favorite thing I love about sewing. If there is a way to put an applique on something, you can almost guarantee that I will put it on there.

There are two types of applique that can be done by machine… applique and reverse applique. 

1. An applique is when a piece of fabric is cut into a shape then stitched on top of a base fabric.

2. Reverse applique is when the shape is cut from the base fabric and another piece of fabric is attached underneath the base fabric so that fabric shows through the cut shape. You then stitch towards the top base fabric to secure in place.

Stitch Types… it’s a personal thing. Use what you like best. 
Every sewing machine should have some basic stitches which are great to use with machine applique. Some machines have even more options from heirloom to decorative style stitches. Any stitch will work as long as you stitch along the edge of your applique fabric. Always use a test piece of fabric before sewing with new stitches to be sure you know where you needle is going and where to line up your fabrics with your machine foot.

Basic Applique Stitches… (A) Straight, (B) Zig-Zag, (C) Satin, (D) Blanket

Decorative Stitches… (E-F) Each model of machine has its own unique decorative stitches. I typically look for a stitch that has a straight edge in the stitching that I can line up with the raw edge of my applique to use as a guide when stitching.

 Just remember these three rules when machine appliqueing…

1. Use a high quality thread to help keep your stitches in tact for years to come. I like to use Aurifil Thread 50 wt and 40 wt in my sewing machine because of the quality and strength.

2. Use a fusible webbing to adhere your applique to your base fabric. Pellon makes two fantastic fusible webbing’s… Wonder-Under and Heavy Duty Wonder-Under. I use the regular wonder-under when working with a single piece of fabric. The Heavy Duty Wonder-Under is great for a scrap applique when there are seams in the applique that the webbing needs to adhere to.

3. Have fun and experiment with new stitches.  I personally believe there is no wrong way to stitch on an applique. Be creative and try something new.

Get inspired and create something!

Angela Yosten
blog.angelayosten.com

Moda Fabrics featured… Flats by Angela Yosten and Bella Solid White.
Aurifil Threads featured… Flats by Angela Yosten in 50 wt
Stitches featured are from a Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP sewing machine.

Million Pillowcase Blog Hop


American Patchwork and Quilting has put us up to the challenge once again but this time with an amazing Blog Hop. In support of the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge effort, we were asked to make the Train Pillowcase – Pattern 32 for the Challenge… and to be CREATIVE with it. Get the full instructions and templates for the pillowcase here.

The team behind this charitable effort is so amazing and stories/photos that have been shared are so inspiring. If you have not heard about the Million Pillowcase Challenge, you can learn more about how you can help here.

So with the blog hop challenge, I thought… why not go BIG or go home… right? So, I first blew the template Patterns A-E up to 200%, traced templates A-D onto my fusible web and ironed them onto the wrong side of my fabrics.

I selected 5 Fat Quarters from Flats fabric collection by Angela Yosten for Moda Fabrics for all my template pieces. Please note: for a complete supplies list for your pillowcase, visit http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/millionpillowcases/freepatterns/index.html

 From template Pattern E, I cut 2 pieces right sides together.

I then stitched along the sides and top curve, leaving the bottom open for turning.

Before turning the train car right side out, I clipped along the curved edge just to the seam so the seam would lay flat when turned right side out.

I then pinned and stitched the car behind the train engine leaving the top curved edge open. Finally, I machine stitched and hand stitched all the applique pieces using Flats Thread collection from Aurifil Threads. Make a set of Flats dolls and pets from the panels and insert them in the car for loads of fun!

 
All the patterns provided by American Patchwork and Quilting are fun and easy to follow.

Join in the creative giving and make a pillowcase today to donate. Just a few minutes of your time will make a huge difference to someone in need!

Halloween Boo Pops



This is a simple and quick project that kids can help with and be excited to share with their friends. No sewing required!


1 Layer Cake in Bella White
Contrasting Ribbon or Tulle
Tootsie Pops or Blow Pops

Easy as 1, 2, 3…

1. Wrap 1 piece of layer cake square around a lollipop.

2. Tie a piece a ribbon just below the bottom of the candy party of the lollipop.

3. Give to your friends and family. These are great treats for kids to give to their classmates.

1 Layer Cake will make 42 Boo Pops

Happy Halloween!

Angela Yosten
http://blog.angelayosten.com

Placemats To Go


I am very excited to be sharing another tutorial with all of you. I know it has been a while since my last tutorial here on the Moda Bake Shop. You can check out all my MBS Tutorials here.  When we go to resturants, sit down and fast food, my kids are always on the hunt for the coloring sheets and crayons. Some places have them and others don’t. So, I decided to come up with a quick and easy roll up and go style placemat that can easily be cleaned from any kind of kid art whether it is from chalk or food. I hope you enjoy and be sure to check out my blog for a Giveaway


1 Jelly Roll – featured Half Moon Modern
1 yard Chalkboard Vinyl Cloth
2 1/2 yards of Fusible Interfacing
28″ of Grosgrain Ribbon for each placemat (5 1/2 yards for all 7 placemats)
6 sticks of Chalk for each placemat (42 sticks total)

1. Separate your Jelly Roll strips into 7 groups (6 strips per group). You can mix and match how ever you want.

2. Sew each group of 6 strips together and press seams in one direction.

3. Topstitch your seams.

4. Cut your new strip pieced fabric into the following…
1 – 18 1/2″ x 12 1/2″
1 – 6″ x 12 1/2″
5 – 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″
Do this for all 7 groupings for each placemat.

Cut 7 pieces of Fusible Interfacing each one measuring 18 1/2″ x 12 1/2″
Iron each piece of interfacing to the wrong side of the strip pieced fabric measuring 18 1/2″ x 12 1/2″

5. Fold the piece that measures 6″ x 12 1/2″ in half lengthwise and press.

6. Topstitch the folded edge 1/8″ and 1/4″ from fold.

7. Stitch together 3 of the pieces that measure 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ end to end to make one long piece.

8. Cut the long strip into two pieces measuring 14 1/2″ each

9. From the Chalkboard Cloth, cut 7 pieces out measuring 8 1/2″ x 14 1/2″. Stitch the two 14 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ strips to the top and bottom of the chalkboard cloth with right sides together.

10. Topstitch with the seams going towards the strip fabric piece.

11. Stitch the 2 strips measuring 12 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ to the right and left of the chalk cloth and topstitch.

12. Lay the folded strip with the raw edges matching on one side of the placemat. This will be the pocket for the chalk pieces. Stitch 1/8″ around the raw edges only to hold into place.

13. Stitch along the seams of the pocket to create the individual pockets for the chalk. Be sure to backstitch at either end so your stitching does not come undone during use of the placemat.

14. Match the front and back pieces of the placemat right sides together. Pin in place.

15. Cut 2 pieces of ribbon 14″ long for each placemat. Place 2 pieces centered on the opposite side of the pocket. The ends of the ribbons should be on the inside of front and back pieces. Pin in place.

Stitch 1/4″ along all four sides of the placemat, securing the ends of the ribbon in place. Leave open a 4″ opening to flip the placemat right sides out. Flip right sides out.

16. Press only the fabric pieces. DO NOT IRON THE CHALK CLOTH. It will melt. Topstitch 1/8″ along all four sides to finish and close up the opening.

17. Draw on your placemat and wipe clean with a damp cloth. You could even cut up a small soft sponge to put into one of the little pockets instead of the chalk so you always have an eraser with you.

Roll up, tie and take with you wherever you go.

1 Jelly Roll will make a set of 7 Placemats.

Don’t forget to check my blog for a fantastic Giveaway!

Enjoy!
Angela Yosten
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Firecracker Favors

July 4th is just around the corner and to help celebrate our independence, I have made up these quick and easy Firecracker Treats that are sure to put a smile on any kid, young or old. This is a great project to get your kids involved in and recycle all those empty toilet paper rolls and leftover layer cake squares.  Be sure to check out all my other Free Tutorials here.


Layer Cake Squares (1 for each firecracker)
Empty Toilet Paper Rolls
Treats (Candy, toys, stickers, etc)
Beaded Fringe, Ribbon, or Ric-rac
Sewline Glue Pen
Scissors

 
1. Gather all your ingredients together… you will need one layer cake square (10″ square) for each toilet paper roll.

2. Place 1 square wrong side up and place a toilet paper roll centered towards one end on its side.

3. Using your Sewline glue pen, apply some glue across the toilet paper roll.

4. Start rolling your fabric around the toilet paper roll.  Continue to apply glue around the roll on the fabric until your fabric is completely rolled around the toilet paper roll. I overlapped my fabric to use the whole square.  I did not cut anything off the square.

5. Seal off the end of the fabric to the roll using the glue stick and press firmly to make sure your fabric is stuck.

6. Using some decorative trim or ribbon, cut off approx. 6 inches to tie around each end.

7. Tie off one end of your firecracker to seal it.

8. Fill your firecracker favor with special treats or candy for that special person.

9. Using another piece of decorative trim or ribbon, tie off the other end of your favor.


1 Layer Cake will make 42 Firecrackers

Have a safe and happy July 4th!

Angela Yosten
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Lattice Garden Shower Curtain


1 Layer Cake – featured Eden by Lila Tueller
1 Jelly Roll in Bella Solid Snow
1 yard of coordinating fabric
1 yard of Fusible Interfacing (Pellon SF101)
2 1/4 yard of 120″ wide muslin (a queen size flat sheet would also work great) for lining
2 pkgs Dritz Extra-Large Eyelet Kits (#660-65) – Size 7/16″ (1.1cm) – need 12 eyelets
Decorative Shower Curtain Hooks (pkg of 12)


All seam allowances are 1/4″

CUTTING the Layer Cake… 
A Layer Cake comes packaged with 42 squares so you will need to cut two additional 10″ squares from the coordinating yardage to make a total of 44 squares.
Select 8 of the squares and cut them in half DIAGONALLY.
Select 1 of the squares and cut in half diagonally and then in half again the opposite way diagonally. You should end up with four triangles from one layer cake square.

CUTTING the Jelly Roll…
Cut 88 – 10″ strips x 2 1/2″.
Cut 44 – 2 1/2″ squares.
Take 9 of the 2 1/2″ squares and cut them in half DIAGONALLY creating 18 triangles.
Take 1 of the newly created triangles and cut it in half to create 2 smaller triangles.

CUTTING the coordinating yardage…
Cut 2 – 6 1/2″ x WOF (width of fabric).

CUTTING the Fusible Interfacing…
Cut 5 – 6 1/2″ x WOF.

ASSEMBLY…
Layout your squares, triangles and sashings on point so you have 4 full Layer Cake squares down and 5 1/2 Layer Cake squares across. 

 Sew the layer cake rows together and the sashing rows together 

 Then sew all the rows together

 This is what you should end up with once all your layer cake rows and sashing rows are sewn together.

 Take the two 6 1/2″ strips cut from your coordinating fabric and sew the short ends together to create one long strip.  Sew the long 6 1/2″ strip to the top of your pieced shower curtain.  Press.

 With the fusible side facing the wrong side of the curtain top, iron on the fusible interfacing.  You will need to overlap the short ends just slightly to cover the entire length of the curtain top. Trim off any excess interfacing.  This will help reinforce and make the top sturdy when you add the large eyelet grommets.

 Place the 120″ muslin or queen flat sheet right side up on the floor and secure to the floor with safety pins or tape.  Lay your shower curtain face down on top of the muslin or sheet and pin along all four edges to hold in place.  Carefully trim the excess fabric or sheet around the shower curtain.  Sew a 1/4″ seam around all four sides leaving only a 4″ opening at the top of the curtain.  Flip right side out. Press.  Top Stitch with an 1/8″ seam across the top of the shower curtain to close opening and to finish the edge.

From the top of your shower curtain, place 12 small marks evenly across the top of the shower curtain 1 1/2″ down from the top.  The two end marks will be 5 1/2″ from either edge and the rest of the marks will be 7″ apart.
Following the instructions on the X-large eyelet kit, apply 12 eyelet/grommets to the marked spots.

Add a plastic shower curtain liner to the backside help keep the curtain from getting wet.

Hang on your decorative shower hooks and enjoy!   

Approx. 88″ x 72″ Shower Curtain

Flip Floppin’ Toddler Wear

1 Jelly Roll {featured Botany by Lauren + Jessi Jung}
1 White Girls Shirt
1 White Boys Polo
Fusible Tape

1. Divide the jelly roll into colors.  Select two color ways you wish to use on your shirts.  I chose to use the yellow and green colorways for this tutorial. 
For the Girls Shirt, select 4 green and 4 yellow strips for the flaps and 1 strip for the tie.
For the Boys Shirt, select 3 strips. 

Girls Shirt

2. From the 8 strips you selected for the flaps on the girls shirt, cut them in half on the fold.

3. You should now have 16 strips.  Fold each of the strips Right Sides Together with the short ends matched up.

4. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew down either side of the long ends creating a tube with an opening at one end (opposite from the fold.)

5. Using a Bodkin, turn your strip right side out.

To poke the corners out, I use a Crystal Point Turner by Lee. This thing is awesome… no poking through the fabric.

6. Repeat this process for all 16 strips.

7. Press and Top-stitch on all three of the closed sides.

8. Measure your shirt and determine how long you want your strips to hang down.  I measured my shirt from just below the arm pit down to the bottom of the shirt.  My measurement was 10″.  Trim all your pieces to the measurement you need.  BE SURE to trim from the open end of the strip.

9. Start placing your yellow strips evenly across the front side of the shirt making sure all the bottoms are lined up.  The two end pieces will be centered with the side seams of your shirt.

10.  Next layer your green pieces stagered ontop of the yellow strips hiding the white shirt behind.  I pinned my pieces in sections for easy handling when sewing.  I also pinned both the top and bottom of the strips.  You will only sew down the top of the strips.  The bottom pinned just helps in keeping your strips aligned.

11.  Stitch down the top of the strips to secure in place.

12.  Continue placing and sewing sections of strips down until you have 16 strips going all around the shirt.  You may need more or less strips depending on the size of the shirt.

13.  Take the piece set aside for the tie on the shirt.  With Right Sides Together (RST), fold the strip in half lengthwise and stitch down all three raw edges with a 1/4″ seam.  Leave open a 3 inch hole in the center of the strip for turning.

Turn the Strip right side out, press and topstitch 1/8″ on all four sides, closing the 3″ turn hole.

14.  Using some fusible tape, apply to the back side of the tie around the shirt. Press.  This will help keep the tie in place while stitching to the shirt.

15. Starting at one end of the tie where the two ends meet on the shirt, top-stitch onto the shirt on both sides of the tie.  Tie the loose ends in a knot.  Your knot can be on the front or the back side of the shirt.

16.  One adorable little Flip Floppin’ Shirt for a sweet little girl.

Boys Shirt
17. Cut the following sizes from your 3 strips.
cut 2 – 2 1/2″ x 5″
cut 2 – 2 1/2″ x 7″
cut 2 – 2 1/2″ x 9″

Depending on the size of your shirt, you may need to smaller or taller.  I just kept a 2″ height distance between the three strips.

18. Fold the ends of the strips in on the short ends and press.
Then fold the strip in half and then unfold. Fold the two raw edges in towards the center fold line and press.

19.  Using the Fusible tape, apply a piece the back side of each strip and press on to the shirt as shown.

Repeat the same design on the back opposite side of the shirt.

20.  Using a zig-zag stitch, stitch around the four sides of all six strips to secure onto the shirt.

21.  One handsome, modern little man.


One jelly roll will make several shirt combinations.

Mix, match and have FUN!

Angela Yosten
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