Thursday, April 24, 2014

Freezer Paper Applique

I've hinted a few times towards a couple techniques that I've been working with a lot recently. Freezer paper applique has long been used by quilters, but I just can't seem to get enough of it, and not just for quilting either. Combining fabric and paper really is a love of mine, and I've not been able to get enough FPA lately. (yeah, kinda sounds like PDA, but better!) So, here's an easy little project with the how to:
Ich habe ja schon ein paar Andeutungen über einige Techniken gemacht, mit denen ich in letzter Zeit häufig gearbeitet habe. Die "Freezer Paper Appliqué" - Technik ist in der Quilting-Szene eigentlich schon lange bekannt, aber seit ich so richtig weiß, wie's geht, kann ich gar nicht mehr genug davon bekommen - und zwar nicht nur zum Quilten! Hier ist also ein kleines Projekt zum Selbermachen - super einfach. Probiert's aus!

Trace template onto paper side of freezer paper. Cut out. With a dry iron, iron wax side down onto the wrong side of the fabric.
Schneide die Appliqué-Form in Originalgröße aus Freezer-Paper aus und bügle es mit mittlerer Hitze auf das entsprechende Stoffstück auf. 

Cut approximately 1 /4 inch ( cm) from the edge of the design.
Schneide das Applique nun aus und lasse dabei einen ca. 5mm breiten Rand um das Freezer-Paper stehen.
Using a glue stick, lightly apply a small amount close to the edge of the paper.
Bestreiche den überstehenden Stoffrand um das Freezer-Paper herum leicht mit einem normalen Klebestift .

With scissors, or other turning device, fold paper over the glue line and finger press in place.
Faltet nun den überstehenden Rand nach Innen auf das Freezer-Paper, so dass es dort anklebt. Mit der Kante einer Schere geht das z.B. sehr gut.

Do this also with any corners and overlap as needed. (note: for a curved template such as a circle or leaf, etc. fabric should be clipped as if clipping on a curve)
Die Ecken können bei einer eckigen Form einfach überlappen. Bei einer runden Form müsstest Du den überstehenden Rand in regelmässigen Abständen einschneiden, damit er sich gut umfalten lässt.

For this particular project I trimmed the edge off because I would like the design to run off the edge of my project.
Für dieses spezielle Projekt habe ich eine Seite des gleichschenkligen Sechsecks dann noch etwas eingekürzt, um später einen "Off-Center" - Effekt hinzubekommen.

Trim and finish gluing last edge in place.
Also Freezer-Paper an eingezeichneter Markierung abschneiden und die letzte Kante auch noch einfalten.

Posistion on cardstock and stitch around the entire design as close to the edge as possible. Here I used Kraft paper. This technique can obviously be used on fabric using a blind stitch and invisible thread.
Positioniere das Appliqué auf einer festen Pappe (Bastelladen) und nähe es so nah am Rand wie möglich auf. Die gleiche Technik kann man natürlich auch auf Stoff anwenden, mit einem Blindstich und unsichtbarer Naht.

Mark around the edge of the sewn on design for stitch mark placement. Here I marked ca. 1/16 inch.
Jetzt noch mit Bleistift die Markierungen für die spätere Schmucknaht aufzeichnen...

Using an awl, or other punching device, lightly punch holes in the paper making sure to have padding under the project.
... und diese Markierungen dann mit einem spitzen Gegenstand leicht durchstechen (am besten mit einer weichen Unterlage).

Using a coordinating embroidery thread, stitch around design, tying off at the end.
Mit einem passenden Stickgarn dann um das Appliqué herum nähen.

Clip both top corners at an angle.
Nun noch die beiden oberen Ecken der Karte winkelig abschneiden...

Mark top center for grommet placement and using a hole punch, make a hole.
... und oben in der Mitte ein Loch einstanzen.

Place grommet in the punched hole, and use a grommet press to secure in into place. I used a 7 mm grommet for this project.
In dieses Loch presst man dann mit einer Ösenzange eine passende Öse (in diesem Fall eine 7mm Öse)

... and your finished with your hangtag!
Und fertig ist dieser tolle Anhänger!

 Reynold's orignial freezer paper can be found here:
 Reynold's orignial freezer paper findest Du hier:

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sweet As Honey Hangtags

I've hinted a time or two about a couple techniques that I've been working with a lot recently. Quilters have been using freezer paper appliqué technique for quite a while now, but I've been having a lot of fun using it in non-quilting projects... and I just can't seem to get enough of it!

I've always loved combining fabric and paper, and I'm really pleased with the way these hangtags turned out... aren't they sweet? They can really add that extra touch to lots of things.

So, curious how I did it?...  I'll show you next week just how easy it is.

Bonnie Christine's "Sweet as Honey" fabrics found here

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Hung out to Dry

I recently discovered the world of Tim Holtz, and wow, I have to say that I am totally smitten! Since I am so caught up in what's going on in the fabric world, perhaps what those in the paper world consider being common knowledge, is just now a new discovery for me. Tim's work is beyond amazing, and I would even compare him to what Amy Butler or Anna Maria Horner are in the fabric scene!

I found these super sweet little coat hanger paper clips... and what a great way to combine a few left over fabric snippets and paper to make these cute mini "thank you" cards.

Of course, if you want to make your own hanger paper clips, here's a great tutorial that I found on Pinterest on how to do it yourself.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Der April weiß nicht was er will

"The April doesn't know what it wants" is a very common phrase in Germany... and I know exactly why. Often I find it difficult simply trying to figure out what to wear for the day. Not because I am a fashion diva trying to get just the right look, but because the weather in Germany can go from bright and sunny in one minute to overcast and dark the next, flip to rain, and then back to sun again. Perhaps it's just in Northern Germany that one experiences such indecisive weather, but as it's often said in Hamburg... if you don't like the weather, then just wait fifteen minutes. (sometimes quite true)

But I have to say that I am holding onto the saying:

Bunnies that spring,
Larks that sing,
Will certainly,
the Springtime bring.

Springtime... where are you? April, you look seemingly grey today.

Pillow with free motion quilting technique and Hippity-Hop bunny felt applique.
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