Sometimes, when I am working on a repetitive take-along type project, I’m not too enthusiastic about sitting at my ironing table pressing the same shape over and over again. I do really like stitching an already turned edge however. Pumpkin seed blocks are a perfect example of this so I thought up a more portable way to make these “seeds” without having to press. As many of you know, I have been experimenting with Floriani Stitch and Wash. It turns out this makes a good template for these types of shapes. Here’s how I did it:
First, I traced my shape onto the non-fusible side of the Floriani.
After cutting this out I ironed it to the wrong side of my seed fabric.
Then I cut a scant ¼” seam allowance.
To turn the edge I just used a nice neutral thread and, starting from the front, basted the seam allowance to the back.
To deal with the point I stitched up to point and started to turn the next side over. Then I took a stitch to secure this.
Here I have bent the point to the back and secured it with another stitch.
When it’s all done I had a nice “seed” to appliqué. The Floriani is fused to the back but that’s fine because it will puff up when I wash it and give the “seed” a little poof.
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