THE BA­SICS

Love Patchwork & Quilting - - EASY CURVES -

BAST­ING THE TEM­PLATES

THREAD BAST­ING

■ Trim a piece of fab­ric to in larger than your

EPP tem­plate around each edge.

■ At­tach the paper tem­plate to the cen­tre of the fab­ric, and pin to hold in place.

■ With a knot­ted length of thread in your nee­dle, take a large run­ning stitch along the top curve within the seam al­lowance (Fig 1). Draw up the thread to gather the fab­ric around the top of the tem­plate (Fig 2).

■ Back­stitch within the seam al­lowance to se­cure the thread, and knot off.

■ Press the curve well with a hot iron. Leave to cool slightly, then re­move the paper be­fore press­ing the curve again.

CUT­TING OUT

When cut­ting the ap­plique fea­tures and ears, mark half of the pieces re­quired and then the tem­plate needs to be turned over to mark out the re­main­ing half so that the pieces are cut as mir­ror images of each other.

For the ap­plique fea­tures, trace the re­quired tem­plates onto the paper side of fusible web­bing and cut out. Fuse the shapes to the wrong side of your fab­ric, fol­low­ing the man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions, then cut out each shape neatly on the marked lines.

PRE­PAR­ING EARS

Cut tem­plates as in­structed then place two pieces right sides to­gether (note that for the Owl de­sign you fold each ear, in­stead of cut­ting mul­ti­ples). Sew along the top of the ear – leav­ing the bot­tom open for turn­ing. Clip V-shaped notches in the seam al­lowance at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals, tak­ing care to avoid cut­ting the stitch­ing. Turn right side out and press. Re­peat for the other ear.

AT­TACH­ING AP­PLIQUE FEA­TURES

Re­move the back­ing paper. Po­si­tion the­fea­tures onto one basted fab­ric scal­lop, re­fer­ring to the pic­tures for place­ment, and then fuse in place. Re­peat for any re­main­ing fea­tures.

AT­TACH­ING THE EARS

Ar­range all of your clamshells onto a back­ground fab­ric, tak­ing care to cover raw seam al­lowances with the basted curved pieces. Pin all of the clamshells in place. To add the ears, tuck the raw fab­ric edges of the pre­pared shapes be­hind the clamshell face us­ing a seam al­lowance of 3/8in. Ad­just the po­si­tion as de­sired and pin into place. Once all of the clamshells have been sewn in place, sew around each of the fa­cial fea­tures to fully se­cure them.

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