Paper Piece Appliqué

You might have seen the new products called “Paper Piece Appliqué” among the Tilda news this autumn.
Many of you know about freezer paper appliqué, and this is kind of the same technique except the paper pieces are pre cut witch will save you a lot of work.
There are two different designs, and each package contains nearly 200 pieces so that you are able to make many different motifs.

Paper-Piece-Applique

Here is how you do it:

Place the card template on the fabric. Cut about 0,25-0,3 in outside the edge of the template for small pieces and 0,4 in for larger once. When using very small pieces make sure the edge of the fabric is not too large to be folded around the template.

Place the card template against the wrong side of the fabric piece. Spread glue along the edge of the template. Try to avoid getting glue on the edge.
Fold the fabric around the edge of the template, see figure A. On small pieces it might be easier to use a flower stick or the like instead of your fingers.

If you want to use stems or branches in your design cut strips slightly less than 3 times as wide as you want the finished stem/branch to be. Spread Paper Piece glue all over the wrong side of the strip. Fold the edges in towards the middle, first one side, then the other. See figure B.

Place the stem/branch and your fabric covered paper pieces on the background fabric and adjust until you are satisfied. Use paper piece glue to attach the pieces.

Sew the branches/stems and fabric covered pieces on to the background fabric using small “invisible” stitches around the edge. Try not to sew trough the templates. Then cut trough the background fabric from the back and coax out the card pieces. See figure C. It can be helpful to use tweezers to get the small pieces out.

If the cut-up edges on the back refuse to sit smoothly, you can glue them towards the middle of the applique with some Paper Piece glue.

Paper-Piece-Applique-Step-By-Step

Here are some examples of how you can put the pieces from the two different designs together to create different motifs.

Paper-Piece-Applique-ideas

And here is what you can make!
We have used both designs in the same motifs. This is fun, easy and requires no talent for appliqué techniques.

Paper-Piece-Applique

PINCUSHIONS

These lovely pincushions are very easy to make, and how you choose to put the fabrics together has a big effect on the result.
You need 8 lovely matching fabrics, embroidery yarn and needle, and 2 buttons.

Here is the Pincushion Template.
The dotted line on the template shows the seam, and the outside line is the 0.25in (6mm) seam allowance.

We suggest printing the template onto thick photo paper; you can then just let the pen slide along the edge of the paper shape when drawing the shape onto the fabric.

Pincushion

Draw the shape onto the back of each of the eight fabrics. See figure A. Cut out each piece along the drawn line.

Place the pieces in a “flower shape” on the table to see in what order the fabric pieces look best before you sew. See figure B.
Place two pieces right side together and sew 0.25in (6mm) in from the edge. See figure C.

Open these out and then place the next piece right side against one of the sewn together shapes. Sew on in the same way as before. See figure D.

Continue until all the shapes are sewn together. Now place the two end pieces right side together and sew along the line until you have a couple of inches of opening left for turning through. See figure E.

Turn through to the right side, fill the pincushion with toy stuffing/wadding and then hand-stitch the opening shut. See figure F.

Next, thread a needle with a long strand of embroidery yarn. Insert the needle through the back of the cushion to the front, through a button placed in the centre, and then back from front to back and through the other button at the back.

Pull the yarn ends to make a little indentation in the cushion where the buttons are and then tie the ends together securely and trim thread ends.

Pincushions-2

Pincushions-3

 

Patchwork Animals

We are totally in love with the new Rabbit and Squirrel Patchwork kits. You might have noticed the rabbit is on the cover of the Tilda catalogue. 
They are perfect projects for anyone who loves to sew and the right size project for new beginners who wants to learn patchwork.

The animals can work as decorative pillows and are perfect for children’s rooms. 
We added a gift tag and some string to the kit as a cute detail.

Patchwork-Animals

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