Of all my patterns I think the Patchsmith’s Alphabet is one of the most versatile. This pattern is only $1.99 yet it contains three full sets of alphabet letters (one upper-case, one lower-case and a smaller mug-rug alphabet).
|Create a personalized mug rug gift|
It is great for adding initials to the back of a quilt, making a personalized mug rug or adding a name to a school plimsoll bag.
It is also perfect for making a topper for the Christmas table - a place where you can rest the sauces, pickles and condiments.
And here is how I did it .....
You will need:
One 18” x 6” rectangle for the background
One 16” x 5” rectangle of tartan fabric for the word
One 16” x 5” rectangle of fusible webbing
One 18” x 6” rectangle of batting
1½yds of binding (I used 1¼” single fold binding)
If you are making this as a hostess gift you might want to make the batting heat-resistant (i.e. Insulbrite etc).
|I only had a remnant of tartan |
so I created my applique in two sections.
1. Start by drawing a straight line onto the paper side of the fusible webbing so that it is ½” up from the bottom edge. Next trace your preferred word onto that line starting at the right-hand edge and working towards the left. I used the upper-case and lower-case letters. The templates are already reversed making it quick and easy to copy and trace.
|Overlap your traced letters with each other very slightly and overlap them on the traced line.|
Overlap the letters slightly so that they join together and set the bottom of each letter very slightly below the straight line to create a crisp straight bottom to the word ‘Christmas’ (you will cut along the straight line to create the word).
Connect the dot above the 'i' to form one continuous letter.
|Join the dot above the 'i' to the letter.|
2. Once your word is traced onto the fusible webbing, cut around it roughly leaving ¼” between the edge and the tracing. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and fuse to the WRONG side of the tartan fabric. (I use Bondaweb so all I need do is iron it with a fairly hot iron and a little bit of steam – it works a treat.)
|See how my letters overlap slightly?|
3. Allow to cool before carefully peeling a corner of the paper backing away from one end of the tracing – just a little bit – this will make it easier when it comes to peeling the paper off later.
|Peel back a corner of the paper before cutting out the word .|
This will make it easier to peel the paper off once the fabric is cut out.
4. Now cut out your word accurately as one piece - do not cut out each separate letter - just cut around the outside edge of the word. You also need to carefully cut out the middle of some of the letters – I use a small pair of embroidery scissors for this part.
5. Peel the backing paper away starting with that corner you have pre-peeled. Take care not to stretch the word out of shape. Once all backing paper is off, place the ‘Christmas’ centrally onto the 18” x 6” backing rectangle.
6. When happy with the placement fuse in place. Stitch around the letter by hand or machine. Don’t forget to stitch the cut-out middles too!
|Stitch around the middle of the letters.|
7. Layer the backing, batting and ‘Christmas’ top before quilting around the ‘Christmas’ word. Finally trim batting, backing and top before binding using your preferred method.
And there you have it. A lovely addition to any table this festive season.
Until next time ........