Friday, March 12, 2010

Messy Ribbon Reverse Appliqué

My baby wakes up at 5:30 every.single.morning.  Once in bed with us, he’ll fall back to sleep for about an hour and a half.  But I just lay there, a small fist in my face, a pajama’d foot in my ribs.  This morning it was worth it though, because while laying there I thought up a fun little some’n some’n to make for my house. 

Start with your supplies:
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-Ribbons and ric rac –the more variety the better
-fusible interfacing
-a small, 12*12 or so, piece of fabric (I used cotton muslin, and needed two pieces because it’s so thin)
-another piece of scrap fabric, also 12*12
-buttons
-A picture of the desired shape you want
Trace the outline of your shape onto the interfacing.  You’ll use this as a guide when placing your ribbons.
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Now start cutting and laying strips of ribbon and ricrac to fill the space of the shape, making sure to leave some overhang on all sides
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CAREFULLY press the ribbon to the interfacing.  I tried using some tissue paper to protect my iron from the blank spaces where the interfacing was exposed.  Don’t.  Trust me.  Just don’t.  Just try to avoid those places instead.
The ribbon doesn’t have to be perfectly secured.  Just on there good enough so that you can….

Lay the interfacing right side up on the wrong side of your scrap fabric
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Sew parallel diagonal lines across the ribbon, holding it in place.  You can kind of move the ribbon around to where you want it as you go.  It’s totally fine if it’s messy.  At least it is for me. 
IMG_5332Now take your other fabric and trace the shape onto the wrong side of it. 
IMG_5333Because I was doing a symmetrical shape, I then folded the fabric in half and cut out that way
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Place the fabric on the ribbon mess with the ribbon showing through the cut out shape
Pin in place
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Sew along the outside edge of the cut out.  I used a nice, thick stitch so that it would show. 
IMG_5337I just left the edges raw, because I thought some fraying would go well with the messy ribbons. 

Get your buttons and decide where you want them.  I used a sharp pencil to mark where the holes of the buttons were, so that I could match up where I wanted them when I sewed them in place.
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Sew them on.  I used orange embroidery thread for contrast
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Frame it.  Hang it.  Love it.
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Then make one for Easter.
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I didn’t put any buttons on this one.  I used this awesome fabric from some curtains in my old house.  And I felt it didn’t need buttons.
See:
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I also want to try this as a monogram, for the no-holiday-pending season.
And seriously, how cute would this be on a little girl's shirt?!
Someone with a little girl go do it and show me, please.
Thanks.

You Told Me:
3/13/10 Natayla, “For a shirt you could not cut the fabric you wanted to have show there the shirt. Trace your design on the shirt, sew along the design then cut out to show the fabric or ribbon under.”



3/15/10 Julie, “You totally need one for every holiday, including holidays that people don't usually decorate for--how cool would one for President's Day be? Or Talk Like a Pirate Day? Or Pi Day? Or Pie Day?!?” (seriously rolling at these ideas!)

3/16/10 Jessie Momma, “I think this would be a really cute summer one with watermelon or a big sun.”

3/17/10 Anne, “what if I used strips from my fabric scrap bin??” (Do it! what a great idea for using your scraps! plus the fraying would totally look awesome)

3/17/10 Sorka, “If this is just intended for wall art.. then why not use Glad Press n Seal in lieu of interfacing? hmm.. I find it works very well when doing reverse applique. I can trace the image by sticking it on the paper, then peel it and pop it on my fabric and sew it and peel it off again! Magic!” (GENIUS! To avoid gumming up your needle maybe some baby powder?)


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22 comments:

Christie said...

Love it love it! So is that the key to coming up with great ideas? I might rather sleep in:). And let you think of everything.

Char @ Crap I've Made said...

Holy crap I love the Easter one!

Kristi said...

Oh I love the Easter one! So pretty! and I'm right there with you and the 5:30am wakeup...only mine doesn't fall back to sleep :( and he's 2 & 1/2 and we have one due in June...I'm going to be a walking zombie lol

Jeanette said...

Way cute idea! I have 3 girls....hmmmm it would sure be cute in a butterfly too! on a shirt or on the side of a bag!!

Beth Lemon said...

Wow. What a neat idea. You could do so many different things with this -- and use up ribbon scraps. Amazing!

A monogram would also be very very cool. You got my wheels spinning.

Natalya said...

I have been loving the reverse look, here is an idea of how.
For a shirt you could not cut the fabric you wanted to have show there the shirt. Trace your design on the shirt, sew along the design then cut out to show the fabric or ribbon under. Just an idea of a way. Good luck!

Bobbie said...

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julie said...

I am so loving it! You totally need one for every holiday, including holidays that people don't usually decorate for--how cool would one for President's Day be? Or Talk Like a Pirate Day? Or Pi Day? Or Pie Day?!?

Knit Purl Gurl said...

So adorable!! I'm just learning to sew and am glad I found your blog! :)

Melissa said...

That is way, way, way tooooooooooooooo cute...brilliant idea!!

JessieMomma said...

SUPER CUTE! I'm SO glad I found you (through U Create), you have great ideas! I think this would be a really cute summer one with watermelon or a big sun. Love, love, LOVE IT!!!!

The Human Engineer said...

What a super cute idea!!! I am waiting for my new sewing/embroidery machine to get here so I can resume my craftiness after a two year baby break--- AND I cannot wait to start using some of your ideas!!!! I am thinking this in a patriotic star for July 4th!!!

casserole said...

I LOVE THIS!!! I've got tons of ribbons just waiting to be used in a project. Or... what if I used strips from my fabric scrap bin??

I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-messy-ribbon-reverse-applique/2010/03/17/

--Anne

Sorka said...

I just discovered reverse applique and I love it!! This is very cool! Makes me want to go out and grab all the ribbon I can find at the local thrift store!

Sorka said...

ooooh evil thought! If this is just intended for wall art.. then why not use Glad Press n Seal in lieu of interfacing? hmm.. I find it works very well when doing reverse applique. I can trace the image by sticking it on the paper, then peel it and pop it on my fabric and sew it and peel it off again! Magic! yep yep.. I think for sticking the ribbons down it would work fine!

Sara C said...

I LOVE this project! So adorable. I'm making plans to use it right now!

Karen said...

Love this idea. I will be giving it a try soon.

redheadtina said...

Sabra, these are amazing! I wonder if I'm brave enough to try the Easter egg. I'm not very good at this kind of thing.

Fignie said...

I've fallen in love with this tutorial!! And I'm really wanting to try it! It's #1 on my to-try list for Friday morning! (Or tomorrow night if I'm home) ... I love the suggestion of using fabric pieces too -- I might try both option since I have plenty. (I think Easter ones will be in order for me)

jenjen said...

Look at that! What a great idea. I have never seen anything like it. I love all of the shades of green. Very cool!

Thanks so much for linking up to my party! I really appreciate it!

XOXO
Jen

FrouFrouBritches said...

GENIUS! I love it! Totally cute!

Caroline said...

Hi! I love this tute! May I feature it on SewCanShe.com? Please drop me a line at caroline@sewcanshe.com.

Thanks!

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