Monday, July 16, 2007

Garland instructions -- fire up your sewing machine!

OK !! Sewing machines fired up? Here we go!First, make star sandwiches ( picture #1) -- top piece, bottom piece and batting piece in the middle. (all edges are raw edges -- no finished edges in this project -- YEAH!). For the 3 big stars (mine are the red stripe stars -- and , in case you're wondering, I used the WRONG side of the red ticking stripe fabric as my RIGHT side -- I just liked the faded look of it.) -- Anyhow, for the 3 big stars, place a small red star(star #3) in the center (see picture #2) and applique through all 3 layers. (I did this by machine sewing through all 3 layers close to the inside edge of the small star). For all of the star sandwiches, sew all 3 layers together about a 1/4 inch inside the outside edges of the stars (see picture #3). Oh WAIT !! I almost forgot -- before you sew up 2 of the blue stars, cut the rick rack in 4 pieces (I made 2 short and 2 longer pieces) and layer them as in picture #4 -- NOW you can sew all around the edges of those 2 blue stars (the other 2 blue stars don't get rick rack in them since they're on the very ends of the garland ropes - so just sew those all the way around like all the other stars.)

OK -- enough mild confusion for one day! (hopefully not ! BUT, if you have any questions, please feel free to comment or email me ) .

Tomorrow -- the finishing touches !! Happy sewing!

Mary Anne (aka Mare)

1 comment:

Vallen said...

For some reason this year I am really into 4th of July decorations, even now more than a week later. For that reason, I think I'm going to have a go at the garlnd. It's lookin' pretty spectacular.