Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Coffee cup sleeve tutorial

Ok...this is my first goes!

The sleeves shown here are made from 2 fat quarters.

Step 1:

Place the backing fabric face down. Put the batting on top, then add the focus fabric, face up. Sometimes I use a spray baste to keep it all together. I added red and green tinzel to the Christmas can also add pretty yarns, ribbons, angelina and/or threads. To this set, I added angelina cut up with a wavy rotary cutter. This set was made with 2 fat eighths.

Step 2:

Over the top of all of this I put a piece of tulle in whatever color looks pretty. Pin in place and quilt the piece. I use a wavy line, back and forth, up and down.

Step 3:

Now cut the sleeves out using a pattern piece (paper sleeve from a coffee shop). I turn the piece to the back and draw around the template using a chaco marker.

Step 4:

Stitch (zigzag) around the outside edges of the sleeve, I go around twice. After stitching the edges, I use a matching Sharpie to fill in where you can see the batting. Stitch the two end pieces together using a zigzag stitch.

Depending on what the fabrics look like, I sometimes add beads or other pretties.

Presto! You have several coffee cup sleeves.

Sometimes I make my own fabric. I take several different strips of fancy fabrics and place them on top of a piece of misty fuse, the batting and backing fabric. After fusing them down, I use pretty stitches and fancy threads to hold them in place. Once I used pieces of fused angelina and stitched them down (on top of the fabrics) with pretty stitching. You can pretty much do anything you want with these.