30 August 2010

Quilted Stars Tutorial

This was so simple, and really I don't know why I'm even bothering to type up the tutorial... with the exception that I am deranged and didn't think of it earlier. So, maybe somebody else could use that simple (and gentle) smack to the head. Followed by the 'duh' that usually comes when you have a light bulb moment.

Now... I used the quilted stars on the last layout I put here on my blog (Eating Oatmeal All By Myself for Round One of the Treasured Hunt).

Here's a shot of it used on the layout...

So, beware this is picture heavy... but it really only takes 5 minutes or so to accomplish (maybe a few more if you are hand sewing).

Supplies Needed:
Fabric (I used some courdoroy scraps I had left from purses last year)
Scissors (good for cutting layered fabric)
Batting, Felt, Fleece, etc.
Needle & Thread or Sewing Machine
Fabric Pen
Template (or freehand if you are good)

So now let's get to the fun part...

The first thing you want to do is trace/mark your template (or freehand your shape) on the WRONG SIDE of your fabric. Now, don't get me wrong, you are welcome to do it on the right side, but I'm not nearly that good. For my template I used a star chipboard piece I had in my stash.

Here is a pic of my traced copy.

At that point you want to place it against your backing material (I used a couple scrap pieces of felt). You can see my markings through the fabric. If you can't see your markings through the fabric you might want to try tracing gently on the right side of the fabric.

Then just start sewing on your markings.... easy peasy!

On this piece, I sewed the star shape then decided to encase it into a square. Excuse the toy cars - he was trying to bribe me away from my project, but I couldn't crop them out - cause he was so cute about it!

Once you finish sewing you can either keep it square or cut the star shape out. And more car toy bribes.

Here are the finished pieces. They took no time at all and they actually looked really cool!

I did use a contrasting thread on my pieces, but you don't have to. I thought it would make the star shape a little more emphasis. This really was super easy and made a great coordinating and textured embellishment for my page.


Mel said...

These are so cute Kelly!

mustangkayla said...

What a great tutorial!

Peggy said...

love these Kelly, thanks for the tutorial!