Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Love to Stitch

Today I am a guest blogger over at "Tamarinis". 
You can find my post 

This post finishes up our 
"Love of Stitches"
here in the MooseStash.

The boys and I have been busy,
and found a really fun thing, we would like to share with you.

Circles!
Do you love circles, but hate stitching them?
Do they meet where they should?
Are the circle attachments for your machine big $$$$$'s?
Well, we've got a simple solution.


You can create something like this,
 with just a thumb tack and some painters tape.


Just 1 piece of painters tape and 1 thumbtack is all you need.
Besides your thread, fabric, batting, stabilizer....
You know all the basics!
LOL!


You start, by pushing a tack up through the tape,
 with the sticky side down.


Now stick it to your machine. The tape holds it nicely in place.
When stitching circles, the closer to the foot you are, 
the smaller the circles.

Note: I do have a Sew Steady table on my machine, which gives me more room to play, but even with that I try to keep my projects in the 12"x12" range at the most.


I found this piece of "Snow Dyed" fabric in my stash.
Cut a piece of batting and a piece of stabilizer, 
(any kind you like to work with)
 just slightly bigger.


Find a place you would like to start and push your sandwich onto the thumb tack.


Here's a tip you will want to take to the bank...
Get one of those little mechanical pencil erasers and push it
down on top the the thumb tack.
It keeps you from saying unkind things,
 when you rake your fingers on top of that sharp little tack!
:-)


Pull out your fun threads, and find some decorative stitches you like.
Start with a new bobbin. There is nothing worse than running out in the middle of a circle. Now stitch away.
I usually keep one finger on top of the eraser and use the other hand to make sure my fabric lays flat as it spins around on the pin.


Pretty cool, don't you think?


Experiment with moving the thumb tack around,
 making different size circles. 
 Cross over your circles.
Change up your decorative stitch.
Change out the threads...
The sky is the limit.

Here's a good tip when you know your going off the fabric. Spin it around on the tack. You can then plan where to start and stop the needle.

 It's best to give the piece a good press a few times
between circles, just to keep things nice and flat.


Once your happy, trim up your block!


It's this point that I add backing and do a quick little free-motion stitch.


Makes a cute little zipper pouch, doesn't it?
And you have love my zipper pull.
LOL!!


Play with some fun prints...
            the boys picked out this!



Even the busy ones are fun to stitch.


A big thanks to Tammy for hosting me today.
I do hope you enjoyed this fun little reason, we...
"Love To Stitch"

We are "sew" glad you stopped in for a visit.
Hope to see you again real soon!

Til then...
Keep on Stitchin'

6 comments:

  1. This is such a smart idea.So simple yet so clever. Thank you for sharing as always!!!

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  2. Double OMG! So fabulous and clever! I'm going to have to play with that one:)

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  3. I love this! Have to try it soon. That rates right up there with the car pond!

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  4. WOW! that is the most genius idea I have ever seen!! I will try it out for sure, thanks for the amazing tutorial!!

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  5. What a clever trick. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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