Welcome to another #StitchAlong update. Today I will share how you assemble your fabric pages, using the Winter Bliss machine embroidery design collection, by Marjorie Busby. I’ll also show you how you can create cute little fabric bags, all with the theme of 12 days of Christmas . Lastly, I’ll share sneak peeks on our next #StitchAlong, where we’ll be stitching fast, easy and fun sewing projects that will also make great gifts.
WINTER BLISS STITCH ALONG
THIS WEEK…. I finished stitch the machine embroidery applique (MEA) blocks using Marjorie Busby’s Winter Bliss machine embroidery design collection. As mentioned in prior posts, you could also use her design collection to create raw edge applique if you do not own an embroidery machine. And, while I’m using these blocks to create a kid friendly fabric reading book and a set of 12 fabric gift bags, you could use your blocks to create a wallhanging, or a variety of other projects.
I used Eco Fi Premium Felt from the Kunin Group to cut 12″x 14″ pieces for the fabric pages. And I cut 10″x10″ squares that I then cut the center 9″x9″, to create a 1″ wide frame to place around the MEA blocks. And, using a matching thread for the frame, I straight stitched about 1/8″ from the edge of the frame (inside and outside) to secure the frame and the MEA block to secure to the page background fabric.
Once all 12 of your pages are assembled, stack them in order (#1-12). Following a process, somewhat similar to binding a book, I made four groups of three pages each and stitched each of these groups together, along the inner part of the page, to build up the spine of the fabric book. And, stitched these pages using a 1/4″ seam. I then stacked all four of these sections together, along with a book cover, again stitching a 1/4″ seam along the spine.
For the cover, I opted to use text stitching that is included in my machine. But you could use any fancy stitching your machine has, or consider using permanent fabric markers to write a title, appropriate for your fabric book. Of course, I called mine “Winter Bliss”.
I cut a piece of matching felt for the spine, cutting it 4″ x 10″. Fold it in half and place along the stitched edge of the book, using a little bit of fabric glue to hold it in place. At this point, your fabric book is pretty thick, but is technically bound together. Depending on your machine, you may be able to run this thru your machine to stitch along the edge of the final layer of felt (book binding), otherwise this is one step that you may need to manual sew to secure the binding.
Decorative threads are also an option for securing the book binding, as well as decorative stitches for your cover. The possibilities for embellishment are endless. But do be careful for using buttons, beads, or other items that may be cute for embellishment, but not safe for small children.
FOR THE GIFT BAGS,
After stitching out the MEA blocks, trim three sides for 8 1/2″ and leave the excess stabilizer and fabric on the top untrimmed.
To the bottom of the MEA block, sew a piece of matching fabric that measures 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2″. This will become the back side of the gift bag.
Cut two pieces of white flannel 8 1/2″ x 13″. Pin to the ends of the MEA block and back and stitch a 1/4″ seam, attaching the flannel and creating a long strip.
Cut a piece of ribbon that will be used to tie the bag. I recommend ~16-20″. Fold in half and finger press the fold and set aside.
Fold your bag right sides together, where the MEA block is matched to the fabric for the back of the bag and seams align with the white flannel. Pin the left and ride side of this folded bag to secure and create what may look like a rather long pocket. About 2 1/2″ from the top of the MEA block fabric (measured down from the MEA Block is sewn to the white flannel), insert the folded piece of ribbon with the folded part barely sticking outside of the folded pocket and pin, ensuring the remainder of the ribbon is inside the pocket and will not be caught when you stitch seams.
Sew the left and right side of this pocket using a 1/4″ seam.
Box your corners about 3/4″.
Turn your pocket where the right sides of the MEA block are now visible on the outside of the block and all seams are on the inside of the pocket. At the open end of this pocket, manually fold the seams to the inside to create a finished appearance, pin and stitch together using a 1/4″ seam. Push this seam down inside the pocket, creating the lining for your bag.
Approximately 2″ of white should be visible above your MEA block and the ribbon should be visible.
Fold down the white band, to create a cuff on top of your bag. This folded cuff should come close to where you have placed your ribbon that can now be used to tie a bow around the bag, if you wish to do so. It looks cute open, but I think of these bags filled with small gifts and tied in a bow, to be opened daily, for the 12 days preceding Christmas.
Feel free to leave a comment or email me this week if you have questions about either of these projects and I’ll try to help, or pull in an expert to assist.
You can find Marjorie Busby at:
You can also purchase her designs, as well as the dies, at AccuQuilt. I am an affiliate, so if you click thru from my site, your price remains the same, but I receive a small fee back. Those funds I use to supplement expenses for shipping giveaway and contest prizes WW.
You can certainly adapt these projects, as you wish. I encourage anyone that wishes to participate to share your progress, as well as your project whenever you finish on any social media tool you wish to use (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Blogs, Flickr, etc.). You can also link up and share in our weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties that I host every Friday.
I’d love to have you join me in my virtual #StitchAlong projects. You can share on social media (e.g. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc) using the hashtag #StitchAlong. Of course, I also hope you’ll also share in the weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties which I host every Friday. What ever you do, I hope you find joy and time to create.
Did I Mention A Giveaway?
As no one entered to win this prize last week, I’m keeping this opportunity open during the window for the #WinterBliss Stitch Along. One lucky winner will receive a CD machine embroidery collection, of their choice, of the following designs by Marjorie Busby
- Cute Car
- Zoo Animals
- GO! Birds
- Overall Sam
- GO! Home
- GO! Sleigh & Snowflakes
To enter to win, your favorite CD, you have plenty of options and the more you claim the more entries you’ll get:
- Join this Winter Bliss #StitchAlong and share your progress in the weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky party this week.
- For those that have previously stitched out any machine embroidery designs, by Marjorie Busby, share what you created in my weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties.
- Use any social media tool (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) to share your progress for your Winter Bliss project, or any machine embroidery design you have stitched out using any design by Marjorie Busby.
If no one enters to win this prize, during the #WinterBliss StitchAlong, they will be used in a different giveaway after this event. But I’m hopeful you may want to join me, or want to share other projects that you’ve created using any of Majorie’s designs in a #CreativeGoodness Linky Party, to help inspire others.
note: This is also open to those that do not have embroidery machines and are using the designs by Marjorie Busby to stitch out using more traditional raw edge machine applique techniques.
BTW, these CD collections are available for wholesale orders. You may want to let your local quilt shop or sewing center know you’d like them to make them available for customers in their store. They can place wholesale orders directly with Marjorie.
I will randomly select a winner, from all the entries and announce in the #StitchAlong post next week. And I will send an email to the lucky winner. But due to my limited funds for shipping prizes, this giveaway will be open to US only participants.
For our next #StitchAlong, we’ll be making a variety of snap bags and zippered bags. I’ll share the supply list and details next Saturday. But, as a sneak peek, I do want to share that Craftsy has a class with Joan Hawley that is on sale this weekend. When you take her class Zip It Up: Easy Techniques For Zippered Bags, Joan teaches all sorts of tips and tricks for making bags. Plus three patterns are included in the price of this class, and downloaded as class materials (Bendy Bag, Nickita Bag, and Runaround Bag). While you can purchase these patterns individually, getting them through this class is a super deal, especially when you take advantage of the Craftsy Sale this weekend. And, you’ve probably guessed it, our next #StitchAlong will be for these bags.
Here is a list of previous posts for #StitchAlong: