TRY A NEW TECH­NIQUE WITH A LIT­TLE BEE MADE IN RAW EDGE AP­PLIQUÉ

Love Patchwork & Quilting - - BUSY BEE SEWING SET -

CUT­TING OUT

1

From the bind­ing fab­ric cut:

■ Two (2) 2in x 5in strips.

■ Two (2) 2in x 20in strips.

2

From the vinyl cut:

■ Two (2) 2¾in x 5in pieces.

PIEC­ING THE HON­EY­COMB

3

Fol­low steps 3–5 of the pouch in­struc­tions to pre­pare the ½in hexagon tem­plates and con­struct the hon­ey­comb sec­tion. Sew the hexagons to­gether as in Fig 5 and baste to the right hand side of the 8in x 5in back­ground rec­tan­gle.

PIEC­ING THE BEE

4

Trace the one Small Bee Head, one Body and two Wing tem­plates onto the fusible web. Fuse these to your fab­ric scraps and cut out each shape. Iron in place on your back­ground rec­tan­gle, re­fer­ring to the pho­tog­ra­phy for place­ment.

QUILT­ING THE NEEDLEBOOK

5

Lay the front panel on top of the bat­ting and baste the lay­ers to­gether. Quilt around the edges of each hexagon and add de­tail to the bee us­ing metal­lic gold thread and a sin­gle strand of em­broi­dery floss.

MAK­ING POCK­ETS

6

Take a 2in x 5in strip of bind­ing fab­ric and press in half length­wise, WST. Open and then fold the two long sides to meet this cen­tre crease and press. Fold in half length­ways again and press so that your strip mea­sures ½in x 5in.

7

In­sert one long edge of the vinyl be­tween the folds of the bind­ing strip and top­stitch in place.

8

Re­peat steps 6–7 to make a sec­ond pocket for in­side the nee­dle book.

AS­SEM­BLING THE NEE­DLE BOOK

9

Place the nee­dle book ex­te­rior right side down, then place the lin­ing on top, right side up. Place the pock­ets on top, align­ing the vinyl edges with the outer edges of the rec­tan­gles and the bound edges to­wards the cen­tre. Clip the fab­ric sand­wich to­gether and baste around the edges.

10

Place the felt on the cen­tre of the nee­dle book and stitch down the mid­dle. You may wish to in­crease your stitch length for neat­ness here.

11

Sew the two re­main­ing bind­ing strips to­gether, press and at­tach the bind­ing to the nee­dle book. Stitch the bind­ing to the lin­ing side first, mitring the cor­ners as you work around the edge.

12

Turn the bind­ing to the front and slip stitch to the out­side of the nee­dle book to fin­ish.

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