I have been working on this book for awhile, I thought it was so cute and I wanted to try doing applique with my sewing machine. Granted it is much easier with an embroidery machine, but it still took a lot of time.
I made the blocks on different colors of felt.
The machine does an outline stitch for the first step and then you know where to place your fabric.
Then you choose what fabric you want each piece of the bug to be.
Then the machine sews another stitch around the edge of the design. You then take the hoop from the machine, ( you don't un hoop the fabric.) and then you use these fabulous scissors!
Did you know there was any such thing as applique scissors? Well, you know the saying "the right
tool for the job makes all the difference," well, this tool makes all the difference. The scissor makes it so you can cut very close the sewn edge and then you won't have any fabric sticking out of the edge of your last stitch.
You then put the hoop back into the machine and the machine sews a satin stitch all around the edge.
You have to complete this process for each color of thread and fabric.
The machine does have an automatic needle threader which is fantastic for my Grandma eyes!
After finishing all of the blocks I chose some fabric to sew the blocks to.
I then sewed each block with a decorative edging stitch, no I did not do this my hand!
Then I added a decorative wave stitch around the outside of the pages.
I then put all of the pages together and sewed a stitch down the middle with the book open.
Then I folded the book and put another straight stitch down the side.
Yes, it is a labor of love but it was so fun to make, even if it took forever to finish.
Hopefully someday someone will cherish this handmade item from their grandmother!
Have a great week!