Friday, 31 May 2013

An Apple a Day ...... a Tutorial

Here is a little tutorial for an apple to dangle from your lunch bag, or to use as a pincushion.


Small pieces of cotton fabric - apple coloured, or printed
tiny piece of fabric for leaf
tiny piece of heat n bond for leaf
14inch length of quarter inch wide ribbon
sewing machine - or can be hand sewn
Draw your pattern using these measurements, the apple pattern needs to be more pointy than rounded! Add quarter inch seam allowance to apple pattern

Put fabric with right sides together, pin ribbon to end of apple.
Stitch around, with 1/4 inch seam.  sew backward and forwards over ribbon.
Turn right side out.  Turn top under 1/4 inch.  Run gathering stitches with double thread around the top, keep needle attached.
Stuff firmly, keeping ribbon in centre of apple.  Pull up gathering stitches tightly.........

..........pull on ribbon to pull up base of apple.

Push top of apple in and fasten off (bind off) thread and stitch through ribbon to keep in place (Don't cut it off yet, keep needle attached)     

Make leaf.  Draw leaf shape onto heat n bond.   Iron heat n bond to wrong side of leaf fabric, then fold with right sides together
Stitch around leaf twice then trim away excess fabric.
Cut off ends and snip seam allowance, take care not to cut the stitches.
Make cut in fabric that does not have heat n bond attached.  Remove backing fabric from heat n bond.
Turn right sides out, then iron flat.  The cut is the back of the leaf.
Stitch leaf veins on side that didn't have cut - you could do this by hand
Attach leaf to top of apple with gathering thread, then cut off thread.
Dangle  your apple from your lunch bag - a great way to remind everyone to get their 5 a day!
Apple print fabric is lovely.  You could just cut a leaf from felt to the size of the pattern
Angel Policy:  you can make as many as you like for gifts or to sell for charity, but please don't sell them or the pattern.  Thank you.

No comments: