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Julie Tweed
October 18th, 2012, 12:43 PM
Are there any tutorials?

I wanted to have a go at making hearts and stars for a charity Christmas Fair and I've been practicing on scraps...well it is not going well..my hearts are wonky and the sewing is really bad especially in the V of the heart...I can seem to get it to lie smoothly once it is turn right side out.. because of this I've not tried the stars yet...

I know with it being primitive it doesn't need to be perfect...and that is why I THOUGHT I could do it without help..

It looks like it would be so easy...But I just can't seem to get it...a tutorial link would be great as would be templates I could follow...so far the templates I've made are made by me...and obviously NOT going to cut it.

I want them to look nice...not like a child did it blindfolded..:-/


October 18th, 2012, 12:47 PM
How about these

October 18th, 2012, 01:30 PM
Another thing that might help is clipping the seams so they turn better and easier...especially the curves and the center of the heart...it is simple but if you haven't done it before you might not think of it!...by clipping I mean like you would on a rag quilt...you don't want to cut into the seam just close to it! Hope this helps you a little!

Julie Tweed
October 18th, 2012, 06:07 PM
These are the ones I was thinking of..


Without the pumpkins..:-)


I want to put a ribbon and a jingle bell at the top for hanging...plus fill it with pine or cinnamon scent...

I just cannot think in my head how to sew it...I am not very good going round corners..and not sure how to turn out nice inner corners..:-(

Brain just won't kick into gear...I have lots of scraps to practice with but need to "GET IT" before the craft fair..


October 18th, 2012, 06:29 PM
When adding a ribbon, loop it, place it with the loop down, between the two right side facing layers, the raw tails are at the fabric edge, pin in place.

Leave enough room to turn inside out, without having to distort your piece, also make sure you backstitch at the beginning and end.

Try a 3.0 stitch length, go slowly around the curves, keep your eye on the needle instead of ahead, this is not quilting! You need to follow the curve of the star leg or pivet at the v of the hearts. Always make any adjustments with the needle down.

Trim your work with a scant 1/4" seam, clip your curves, don't snip the seam threads.

Use a chop stick or Purple Thingy to smooth out your seams out after turning.

Stuff the V or Star legs first, make sure they're nice and firm, then the rest of the body.

Use blind ladder stitch or whip stitch to close opening. Embellish further. :)

"Make me I'm yours...sewing" is a great little book with simple projects and sewing skill information.