My Craftwell eCraft affords me a wonderful opportunity to reproduce very quickly items that used to take me forever to hand cut. I love the way that I can set up my machine for a short run of cutting out fabrics for special piecing projects! This time I decided it was time to work on a rather unique Christmas ornament!
I love fabrics and the eCraft does cut my quilting weight cotton very easily. I do mine a little different than most. For fabric without the heat-n-bond backing I use freezer paper.
My method is to starch the fabric and then iron freezer paper on both sides. I only cut it with a 3.5 pressure on the dial. I don’t multicut or use tabs. I also leave the cap on the cutter. I know that it is labor intensive but I get great cuts with this method.
You can see how stiff the three sheets are. I made these 11X11 and the freezer paper 12x12. I try to get all wrinkles out of the paper. I haven’t had any jams or problems with this method.
This is the pattern that I used. It is a simple Dresden Plate quilting template. The template will be available soon. I cut the design on all three colors of fabric.
You can barely see the cuts but they are there. I just had to pop the shapes out and get busy! You can see how sharp the cuts are not a frayed edge in the bunch. I laid them out for my design order.
Next off to the sewing machine, I carefully stitched the edges together. I did not use a 1/4 inch edge I actually just stitch right at the edge of the shape.
I always iron my sewing project for a more finished look. This is what it looked like after sewing.
I used a decorative stitch down the seam line. I zigzagged the edge to prevent fraying. It was very easy.
Next I decided to add some Holiday Greetings to my “plate”. I love the Pink By Design stamps. They have stamps for every occasion. I love their designs.
I used fabric markers to moisten my stamps for fabric stamping. I used an iron to set the ink.
I laid out my “plate” for the best position for my stamping. I also used the wreath stamp to decorate the yo-yo I made for the center of my ornament.
Once I stamped the wreath, I used colored pencils to add color to my image. Since it won’t be washed I can use them for this project.
Thank you for coming to see my project this week I look forward to next week’s project. Don’t forget that I will have a video tutorial on Friday. You Wooden want to miss it. I will be showing you had to cut something you won’t believe!