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I just added dates to the patterns under "Links to my patterns" so you will know where to find the tutorials that go with them. Please find the tutorials under the year, month and day listed next to the pattern listed. Thanks and enjoy! If you have any questions please feel free to write me at the address in my profile.

Remember these are my own patterns that I drew the patterns for and wrote the tutorials for. I offer these patterns for free for you to make for yourself, as gifts, or even to sell BUT please do NOT claim my patterns as your own or put them on your website. You may put a link to my site on your website. Please be respectful. You would want the same respect for your patterns. Thank you. God bless.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

September PAM Sunflower. 3-Dimentional technique

This month's Placemat-A-Month is a Sunflower with a 3-D technique. 
 There is  so much beauty in all the the seasons.  Autumn is known as the season where things start dying.  Yes the leaves turn their shades of red, yellow and brown and start to fall of the trees, but there is still so much other color around!!  Just look at these gorgeous flowers!!
Zinnias
Bachelor Buttons
Mums
Trumpet Vine with Mint surrounding it.
Our feature--the Sunflower
 Here is what you need for each placemat:
 1 yard of background fabric
1/2 yard of thin batting or Timtex
1/4 yard yellow
1/4 yard green
scrap piece for center of sunflower
scraps of batting
Fusible web such as Heat N Bond or a sheet of Stitch Witchery

The pattern can be downloaded from the right side of the webpage under "Links to my patterns".
 Cut two backing fabric from the yard and the thin batting 14-1/2 by 18-1/2 inches.



Of the green cut 1-1/2" wide and 9" long.  Fold in half length-wise wrong sides together.  Sew done 1/4" from raw edge.







Flatten with seam in
the back and press flat.



 






Place thin batting behind the front of the backing fabric.

Pin stem into place and stitch down on both sides along the edge.
Fold the yellow fabric with right sides together.  Trace around the petal template 20 times.  Sew on the line on three sides of each; the two sides and around the point.  DO NOT sew across the straight of the bottom.  Leave that open for turning.  It will get sewn under the center of the flower.

Cut around each piece leaving about 1/8th to 1/4 of an inch around each one. 






Cut on the line at the bottom of each piece.
This is the front
Turn to the right side and pleat each side of the petal.                                              
This is the back
Rabbit ears!!
This is all 20 petals pleated with pins.
Divide all petals into two even groups. 



Cut center of the flower and two battings.  Place the battings in the center of the flower center.





Take a petal from each group and pin one  at the top and one at the bottom of the center.  Make sure the ends of the petals go to the batting.   The batting is about 1/2" smaller than the flower circle for this reason.


Between the two petals place one of the groups of petals.  Then place the other group of petals on the opposite side.
All petals pinned in place.
Now set your sewing machine to the widest zig-zag stitch and make the length very short so the stitching will be very tight together.  This is a satin stitch or applique stitch. Sew all way around the center with needle hitting the outside of the brown fabric on the right side.


Fold the 1/4 yard of green fabric in half with wrong sides together and sandwich in between the fusible webbing and fuse together with hot iron.  Cut out each leaf as stated on pattern.  Doing the fusible/3 demential will consider the higher number on pattern.  If you wish to just applique them on use the lower number indicated on the pattern pieces.


To make 3-D:  Starting with the bottom two leaves
Start sewing in the center of the widest part and sew toward the point. 



When you reach the point put your needle down into the fabric and turn your fabric all the way around to go back.




This is the time to make the smaller veins off the center vein.  Take a few stitches forward, stop and turn the back of the foot in the direction you want the vein and sew in reverse a few stitches toward the edge of the leaf but not right to it.  Then go forward toward the center vein again.


You can click on picture for larger view.

Then turn the back of the foot to the opposite side.  Reverse stitching and then come forward.  Do this on all leaves.  


The leaves at the very top; you will need to pin the flower petals out of the way.  I just did the center vein on these small leaves.
Almost done.
Place back fabric face down.
Place top on top of it.  So the wrong sides are together.
Now you are ready to bind in the way you choose.  I serged around mine.  I used three decorative thread in the upper looper.





I hope You enjoy this pattern!  God bless!!

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Dates Added

I just added dates to the patterns under "Links to my patterns" so you will know where to find the tutorials that go with them. Please find the tutorials under the year, month and day listed next to the pattern listed. Thanks and enjoy! If you have any questions please feel free to write me at the address in my profile.

Remember these are my own patterns that I drew the patterns for and wrote the tutorials for. I offer these patterns for free for you to make for yourself, as gifts, or even to sell BUT please do NOT claim my patterns as your own or put them on your website. You may put a link to my site on your website. Please be respectful. You would want the same respect for your patterns. Thank you. God bless.

Pre-Op for Sweaters and Shrugs

This "Pre-Op for Sweaters and Shrugs" is to help you with sizing. There is a place for arm length, body length, wrist size---every thing you need to keep track of to make my sweaters and shrugs. The download button is on the right. You can copy off as many as you need sweaters and shrugs for. If you have any questions about this please let me know and I will try to help.