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Felt embroidery tutorial

Using felt die cuts and embroidery is a lot of fun. It’s a perfect project to make with your kids or grand kids.

Here’s a basic demonstration of how to embroider a basic felt flower.

Tutorial

Materials

  • Felt die cuts in assorted colours. You can buy  the die cuts here,  here and here.
  • Sequins (optional)
  • Beads (optional)
  • Stranded cotton in matching colours

You can either plan ahead the final design or just improvise like I do.

The following are just recommendations rather than a tutorial on how to embellish a felt flower.

Start with a collection of die cuts in felt. My die cuts are store bought but this can be done with hand cut felt shapes just as well.

Before stitching the felt shapes together, arrange them in any way you feel fit.

Place layer after layer.

At this stage we’re only working out which design works best.

Another combination.

Once you are done you’ve chosen your petal combination you are ready to add sequins, beads and embroidery stitches.

Embellishing the flowers

If you work with several shapes pin them to the previous layer.

Then, stitch the top layer to the base using decorative stitches.

There are a number of stitches you can use for the outline of the petals. My favourites are running stitch or blanket stitch.

I used running stitch for the darker petals.

And blanket stitch for the green petals.

Now attach the next layer, and the next. In this case I stitch layer 3 and 4 at the same time by adding some long stitches and attaching beads on each petal on the top flower.

When stitching each layer you can decide if you will embellish each layer completely separately or at the end or you’ll do a mix. I find it is easier to embellish during and after all layers are stitched together.

Sometimes it’s best to wait to place the top layers to know how much space will be left for certain embellishments. For instance you can add a small bead about anywhere but a sequin requires more space.

For instance I embellished the second last layer first because I wanted to use long stitches that would be visible under the petals of the green top flower.

I added sequins and beads to layers 1, 2 and 3 after all layers had been stitched together.

Close up.

Use more or fewer sequins/beads or embroidery as required.

Use interesting colour combinations.

Now I just to have to figure out what to do with all the flowers! Any suggestions?

Felt embroidery video tutorial

Minky and patchwork infinity scarf – Video tutorial

This is the first time I make something wearable in patchwork. It’s a reversible infinity scarf. 

I’ve never used minky in my sewing and it’s a tricky but I used lots of pins to stop the piece from moving and it was fine. All imperfections are hidden by the fur so it’s very forgiving to work with too.

Let’s make an infinity scarf

Fabric collections

I used Michael Miller fabrics and minky to make this infinity scarf.

I really like the Snuggle Bella minky, it’s thick and

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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Minky and patchwork infinity scarf video tutorial

Small Plus sign quilt – Video tutorial

I love English Paper Piecing (EPP).

I always haven an EPP project nearby. It usually keeps me from falling asleep while watching TV!

And also it’s always handy having some projects at hand when travelling, particularly if you spend a lot of time in public transport.

So how to EPP?

Start with this very easy project. Perfect for using your small scraps.

Download template

What paper to use?

I print my EPP shapes on cardstock.

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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Lucy Boston, Patchwork of the crosses – part 3 – video tutorial

This is the third part of the Patchwork of the crosses by Lucy Boston tutorial.

Did you miss the previous tutorials? Patchwork of the crosses part 1 and part 2.

Today I’m posting a tutorial on how to finish putting all the pieces together.

This quilt takes time to complete and I’m still assembling my blocks. I’ll post the final quilt when I finish it.

Download the Patchwork of the crosses template

What paper to use?

I print my EPP shapes on cardstock.

Recommended fabric collections

I made this project as Michael Miller’s Ambassador.

It turns out I love gingham, basics and directional prints in general and Michael Miller has a great range of those. 

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses part 3

Hearts – english paper piecing (EPP) – Video tutorial

Well, here it is another EPP project you may enjoy making.

The shapes are larger than the previous ones I’ve made.

Let’s do a heart quilt

Download the EPP hearts shape

Printing the shapes

I recommend printing these shapes on thick card stock for better results.

Fabric collections

I used two beautiful Michael Miller collections:

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

Do you wish to receive my tutorials in your inbox?

Share your work!

If you make any of my tutorials this is how you can share your pictures:

  • On Instagram please tag me with @teresadownunder and hashtag #teresadownunder
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EPP Heart quilt block