Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Appliqued stained glass - tutorial

I love stained glass!
There are  so many  different items - from classical windows and doors to quilts.
Usually when sewing it is used a narrow bias strip to separate different pieces.
This is 100% sewn by hand and for someone who doesn't like hand stitching it is so boring.
If you like to applique by machine this stained glass method is perfect for you.
The finished block is 6 inches.

Are you interested?
Keep reading then.

You will need:
8 inches square black fabric, fabrics for application, 8 inches square non-woven fusible interfacing, double side fusible web, suitable threads

And a diagram, of course.

Download it from HERE or from CRAFTSY  FOR FREE

1. Choose the fabrics and write down colors on the printed diagram.

2. Transfer the MIRROR image of diagram  to the double sided fusible web.
There is no need to print a mirror image, simply turn the printed diagram before stick on.
I usually stick on the window to use the daylight.
Be sure you  transferred correctly all the numbers.

 3. Cut round each piece. Pay attention to cut between every two pieces.
This ensure a little allowance to make fusing onto the fabric easier.
You will trim this down later

4. Fuse all pieces onto the back of the selected fabric with a hot, dry iron.


5. Trim each piece along the line. 
6. Transfer the number from back to the front of the fabric with disappearing pen.

Tip: place each piece on the corresponding place onto the printed diagram - for instance number 1 on the number 1. This will help you later when have to peel the paper and order on the black fabric.

7. Fuse the non-woven fusible interfacing onto the back of the black fabric with a hot, dry iron.
8. Place the black fabric on the ironing board and began order the picture.
Remove the backing paper from each piece and position it onto
the black fabric's top on the proper place beginning from the corner.
Place next piece keep in mind to leave black line between them.
If needed reposition the pieces till you are satisfied with the look.
Tip: If needed use a dry glue stick for easy order.

9. Fuse with hot iron carefully.

10. Using zig-zag stitch sew along the edges of all pieces with suitable threads.
Tip: You could use one and the same thread in the bobbin - simply loose the tension of the upper thread.

To prevent bulk of threads I end the stitching close to the beginning, pull the threads on the back side and make a knot to secure them.

11. Proceed the same way with all pieces.
Tip: Use the foot for application.

When finished you can use this block as you like - for coaster, for cushion or wall hanging if enlarge.

I have designed some different pictures. Grab them from ETSY or CRAFTSY.

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