Friday, December 9, 2016

Mistletoe Table Topper Tutorial


This little mistletoe table topper is just perfect for Christmas and pretty enough to leave out year round. I'm going to go over some basics in this tutorial. You can select any kind of fabric you want.

You will need the following:

1- 12.5"x 12.5" square of background fabric
2- 5" x 5" squares of background fabric
A wide mouth jar ring
8" by WOF light weight Pellon fusible.
A pencil or a permanent marking pen. (something to draw with)
A focus fabric, the amount will depend on how far apart your focused interests are...you will need four focus pieces.
Batting and backing 22" square.
2- 2.5" x WOF strips for binding.

Take your 12.5"square background fabric and press in half both ways, also press again in half on the diagonal both ways to look like the photo below. This creates a "grid" for you to lay out your design and match up your side pieces.

                           

Now take your two 5" squares and cut them on the diagonal as shown in the photo below. Set them aside for now.  These will be your "star" tips later.


Now take your wide mouth canning jar ring and use it to draw 4 circles on the paper side of your fusible as shown below.




Now use your wide mouth canning ring to select the focus area on your fabric that you want to feature in your ornament.  Cut a square of fabric that gives you enough room to move your fusible paper around to get your design centered as you wish.



Once you have isolated your focus feature and cut it out, place your fusible on the backside of your fabric, with the paper up and press into place.




Trim away the excess cutting out your circle on the line. Repeat this so you have 4 "ornaments".



Lay your "ornaments" out on your background fabric, using the pressed "grid" to lay them out in a pleasing design. Peel off the paper backing and press them into place according to your fusible directions.



Print out the pattern for the mistletoe and trace the design onto the paper side of your fusible. You will need to make 4.                        
                          PDF PATTERN FOR MISTLETOE




Again, press your fusible design onto the backside of your selected fabric and then cut out carefully on the lines.




Place your mistletoe as you like it and press into place.




To make the top of the ornament...draw a circle using a bobbin and a removable marker...you can either hand stitch or zigzag a couple times across to make the top of the ornament hanger. You can blanket stitch around the ornaments or simply straight stitch close to the edge for a raw edge finish. Embellish as desired.


To create the star points, take the triangle pieces you cut earlier from the 5" squares and fold them point to point. Finger press on the long edge to create a crease.


Line the crease on the triangle with the crease on your 12.5" square and folding right sides together, pin into place and stitch 1/4" along the edge.




Fold out and press seam to the outside. Lay your backing fabric wrong side up, your batting on top of that and place your star topper right side up on top of that to create your quilt sandwich. Quilt as desired. Once quilted, trim away your excess batting and backing and bind. 



For more tips and ideas refer to: Christmas Table Topper Tutorial

Posting will be updated with binding.

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