Saturday, October 10, 2009

Have Circles Will Travel

I worked our shop's big Anniversary Sale today, and in between waiting on customers I got this done (kind of sad when all you get done all day long can fit in the bottom of a zip lock baggie, but at the time it seemed like a pretty big acomplishment). Here is what I did:


First I punched a bunch of 5/8" circles from a manila file folder.

Then I cut out some fabric circles roughly a 1/4" bigger than the card board circles, and did a little running stitch in the seam allowance close to the edge.


On a pressing surface, stab through the two circles with the needle (I got this tip from Mimi Dietrich in my Baltimore Applique Class)...

...and pull the thread to draw up the sides. I hit them with the steam iron and a little bit of starch.

...And made berries! (I need to do a bunch of purple ones for grapes for a Baltimore Album block I want to do soon) I usually take the cardboard circles out when pressing but this time I'm going to leave them in and take them out either as I applique them down, or after by cutting the background fabric and removing through the back.

I'm also piecing little blocks for this project (Jo Morton people might recognize this). I'll keep you posted on the progress.
Enjoy!
~ Dawn

7 comments:

blushing rose said...

Wow! That's really cool!

Have a lovely cuddly eve. TTFN ~Marydon

Karen said...

I need some of those punches. Do you know how many sizes they come in? Is it something you would find in the scrap booking section of a craft store?

Fiesta said...

excellent idea!

Messy Karen said...

easy-peasy circles. thanks for letting us know how to make them.

Carol said...

Thanks for the circle help...
I always struggle with circles...your technique will make it much better.

Dawn said...

You can find the paper punches in the scrapbooking section of craft stores like Michael's and Joann's. I found mine at an art supply store next door to our shop called The Queen's Ink.

Bev C said...

Great job on the circles,so perfect. When I first saw them I thought you had some chocolate in the bag. Have a good day.