Sunday, September 28, 2008

A tiny tutorial for Christmas

This was such a quick project. At least it would have been if I hadn't had to look at every single piece of red and green fabric in my stash in order to select the perfect pieces. :>} I cross stitched a tiny tree - that part took about ten minutes. I cut a six inch square of green fabric, and a six inch square of batting. I centered the tree on the batting which was on the wrong side of the green fabric.

I cut a strip of red fabric one inch wide. I stitched it 1/4 inch from the edge of the aida cloth, with the wrong side of the red fabric against the right side of the aida cloth.
I continued in the same manner, until the tree had a quilt as you go border of red.

I began a second border, this time of green, and using a strip 1 1/2 inches wide.

When the green border was in place, I trimmed away the excess batting, without cutting the backing fabric.

When the batting had been trimmed I folded the backing over the second border, tucking in the raw edge.

I stitched it in place, forming a self-binding.

As you can see, the cat was with me every step of the way. I added some white ribbon and a tiny red bow. I liked the first one so much, I made two more. These will make nice gifts for co-workers and friends.


Suzanne said...

That looks so delightful, and I am glad you went thorough it step by step, I may try something like this next time with my fabric stash. I still need to back by 2 tops.
The cat helping you made me and the girls laugh we have a pesky cat here who wakes us every morning early. Have a good week.

Tine said...

Very very cute! I like the added ribbons :-)
Your cat is really quite the fabric-lover :-D It's so fun to see the pictures of the two of you! LOL!

Daisy said...

How pretty, Diana! Wow, too early for me to think about starting on Christmas projects, but more power to you to be able to do that. Those will make lovely gifts indeed. I loved the picture of your "little helper" too! :D

The Gingerbread House said...

I think that's the cutest idea! Where do I send my address :o)

Deborah said...

What a neat idea! I showed it to my daughter who has just started sewing and she hopes to try it soon.