Brother Sews Ambassador Stitching fabric snowflakes is a fun way to spend a winter’s day, no matter what climate you live in. Snowflakes seem to come to life when stitched with contrasting colors on ordinary quilt cotton. These single-color lacy snowflake designs are quick to stitch and fun to make. Embroidered snowflakes are a wonderful addition to rectangular fabric blocks for a winter themed placemat. Are you ready? Let’s go sew!
Materials and Supplies:
sewing and embroidery machine. Note: Machine featured in this project is the Brother NS 1750D
. You can use any machine with 4-inch hoop capability.
Embroidery Threads and Bobbin Thread for embroidering.
Edge Joining Foot
- Basic notions, including thread to match or blend with fabrics. A rotary cutter, mat, and ruler are recommended for cutting precise rectangles after embroidering.
- Color A – Dark fabric for top of placemat: Two rectangles of quilt weight cotton measuring 9-inches wide X 7-inches long.
- Color B – Light fabric for top of placemat: Two rectangles of quilt weight cotton measuring 9-inches wide X 7-inches long.
- Color A or B – One rectangle of light or dark fabric cut to fit the final size of the completed top piece for backing.
- Color B – Light fabric: One strip measuring 1-inch wide X 18-inches long and one strip measuring 1-inch wide X 14-inches long for horizontal and vertical trim on placemat.
- Snowflake design Br-fp115
from the Brother iBroidery.com
digital download site. This Lacy Snowflake design is perfect for this project. It’s lightweight, made up of satin stitches, and re-sizes easily using the built-in sizing feature on the machine. If you look closely, you’ll see tiny hearts in the center of the design. I looked at a lot of snowflakes before choosing this one. This one won me over with those pretty little hearts! I used white thread on the dark fabric and a dark blue thread on the light-colored fabric. See Figures #1a and #1b.
Finished placemat measures 16-inches wide X 12-inches long. Please read through all instructions before beginning this project. Basic steps for creating placemats:
- Embroider snowflakes in center of each rectangle.
- Join rectangular blocks using an edge-to-edge seam technique to create top of placemat.
- Add trim strips to cover raw edges.
- Cut back piece to fit front and sew layers together to finish placemat.
1. Transfer design to machine. Use the built-in sizing feature to create a design 20 percent larger than the original as follows: Touch the size key and then touch the proportional sizing key to resize design to maximum amount. Note: With this feature the stitch count of the design does not change. The resulting design is a little less dense but still stitches out beautifully. See Figure #2. Figure #2 2. Select first oversized rectangle. Center fabric in hoop and embroider snowflake in center. See Figure #3. Figure #3 Repeat embroidery process for each rectangle. Carefully cut each block into pieces measuring 8-inches wide X 6-inches long, with snowflake in center of rectangular block. Note: It’s important to cut all edges straight and even. Arrange blocks as shown in Figure #4, with raw edges touching. See Figure #4. Figure #4 3. Separate blocks into two rows. Prepare to sew each set of blocks together matching short raw edges. See enhanced photo with arrows showing matching edges in Figure #5. Figure #5 Set machine for sewing, attaching edge joining foot. Select a zig zag stitch set for width: 5.0, length 2.5. Stitch short ends together with raw edges touching, taking care to carefully match pieces together as you begin and end stitching on each set of rectangles. See Figure #6. Figure #6 Next, follow the same process to sew the two rows together, taking care to carefully match long edges. 4. Prepare remaining pieces to finish placemat as follows:
- Cut back piece using completed top measurement for size.
- Select the two narrow trim strips. Press long raw edges under ¼-inch to create strips measuring ½-inch wide.
Inspiration and ideas:
- Use a third, coordinating fabric for backing and narrow strips.
- Use alternative fabric combinations and designs to embellish blocks for other seasons.
- Increase size of rectangles for a larger size placemat.