Hoppy Spring - Applique in a Sticky Hoop (part 1)
One of my favorite things to make is a mug rug, and Kimberbell has four volumes to enjoy! Volumes 1 & 2 are Seasonal and Holiday and volumes 3 & 4 feature various themes like hobbies and pastimes. I picked the cute bunny from volume 2 to show you how the DIME Sticky Hoop and some of my favorite notions work together.
Gather your fabrics, batting (remnants work great), thread, and your design.
Here are the notions I use on a regular basis when I do most applique projects: an Olfa cutting mat and rotary cutter, a wool pressing mat, the Clover Point 2 Point Turner, the Clover Fabric Folding Pen, and my favorite pairs of scissors (KAI 8 1/2" for cutting fabric, duck-bill applique, and a pair of curved snips).
After gathering everything together, I like to begin by pressing my fabrics. Crinkles, wrinkles, and folds can prevent fabric from being cut accurately.
I really like my Olfa 45mm rotary cutter! It has a comfy squeeze-style ergonomic handle that allows the blade to automatically retract safely when you release it. It also has a button that you can set to lock the blade in either a safe or cutting position. The Olfa blades can easily cut through multiple layers and can accommodate the Olfa 45mm pinking, scallop/peak, and wave blades. To top it off, it is designed for left and right-handed users!
I recently discovered this notion, and it is now a new favorite of mine- the Clover Fabric Folding Pen! At first I was a little skeptical, but I gave it a try when I was working on an in-the-hoop project that involved a lot of piecing. Instead of taking the hoop in and out of the embroidery unit over and over, pressing each piece with a mini iron (or finger pressing) and taping the pieces down to keep them from popping up- now an easy pass with the Fabric Folding Pen will do the trick!
The pen works by adding water and a few drops of the solution (included and also sold separately) into the pen. With a gentle squeeze, draw a line across the fabric right at the seam line where you want the fabric to lay flat. It was that easy! I was careful to apply only a very small amount on my cotton fabrics, it folded over and then dried beautifully without leaving any water marks.
In part 2, I will show how the DIME Sticky Hoop performs when working with applique and multiple layers of fabric.
Until next time...
Sandra of Inspired Remnants LLC