To begin, you will need the following items:
Your marked applique background
1 - 1/2" bias strip
a 1/4" bias tape maker
needle, thread, thimble, scissors, pins, iron (not pictured)
Following the manufacturer's directions, pull the 1/2" bias strip through the bias tape maker, and use a hot iron to press the seam allowances as you go.
Pictured below is another method for making the bias stem if you do not have a bias tape maker available. Use a long straight pin and pin it into your ironing board cover in such a way that it leaves a 1/4" opening for the fabric strip to be pulled through.
|Do-it-yourself bias tape maker|
Baste the stem onto your applique background (I generally use applique pins for expediency). First, applique the pressed-under side of the stem.
The opposite raw edge is next. Needle turn applique this side. You will find how easy it is to turn.
|Needle turn applique the raw edge under to complete the stem|
|Be Merry Journal Cover|
Well, we got our Christmas tree up yesterday, so today is the day to put on the tree lights - not my favorite part. But putting on a little Christmas music can make even putting on the lights a little bit fun. Cookies baking in the oven wouldn't hurt either!
Until next time,