This was a project that introduced English Paper Piecing. I'm sure you remember my last post where I was defeated by this. NOT ANY MORE!!!! This is a great example why you should try more than once. This project was a great introduction to this technique. I should have tried it first and maybe I would have been more successful with my earlier blocks. Oh well, live and learn! What I think made this a success was the fact that the paper was stiffer. So it was easier to wrap the fabric around the foundation. Second, all the pieces lined up perfectly. And third, I only had to join 2 or 3 EPPs together. Great project to learn EPP.
Here's the end result.....
Here are some pictures of the process:
|Have all supplies and material cut. Usually I do this on the fly! But I |
totally think this way is much better :)
|First step in EPP: wrap fabric around foundation and stitch to hold in place. Second step is to attached them together.|
|And you will be making a lot of them!|
|Next is to place them on my tote bag. I embroider a tree truck and these are my leaves!|
I played around a bit on how I want to attached them: running stitch or blanket stitch.
The running stitch won. The tree is made with the back stitch.
|Really starting to look like a cute tree.|
and after a bit of more sewing, you have the finished product...
|Ta Da~ (Notice that I used fabric I already had on hand so I saved money|
on this project....makes my husband very happy :))
I feel good about this. I love the end result. I would like to make more tote bags but adjust the size of them. Also, I would like to find a quicker way to make the bag. Of course I was learning so this took way longer than it normally would. I love the fact that I can do the EPP and tree embroidery ahead of time. Plus, I love the fact that the first half of this project is portable, I can do it anywhere. No machine required! I think these might sell well at a craft fair. What do you think?
Sew long for now! Kim