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Sunday, 4 June 2017

Fun With Stripes

My mother used to say that sewing with stripes "dazzled her eyes"; that dazzle can be lots of fun!
I purchased this stripe at Mrs Pugsley's Emporium on Saturday.  I thought it was black and cream, but it turned out to be dark brown when I got it home.  No matter, it's still a high-contrast stripe.
I sliced it into 2-1/2" strips and sewed them back together, offsetting the stripe colours instead of matching them.
My go-to method for perfect circles is to use a coffee filer;  for this project, I chose one of my biggest Bun filters.
I folded it in quarters to line it up on the vertical stripes.
Then I stitched around the entire edge of the filter.
Afterwards, I trimmed around the filter using scissors, and cut an X slit in the centre for turning.
Voila!  A good press with a hot iron and I have a perfect circle.  The filter tears easily off the back, leaving neatly pressed under edges for appliqueing in place. 
It's a cool effect, using just one fabric.  And Mom was right:  it does dazzle the eyes! :)
(and Polly!)






6 comments:

  1. And if you see crooked lines, visit the optometrist!! At least that is what we are told on the chart for macular degeneration. What a fab way to get a true circle, and it looks so easy too. And proof with a cat there to check it all out.

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  2. It dazzles my computer monitor too! Very effective, Karen.

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  3. I'm glad to see Polly getting back to her sewing. It is good for Kitties to have hobbies.

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  4. Wow, dazzle? Or dizzy? Thanks for sharing your technique, Karen. I never would have thought to use a coffee filter. XO

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  5. Poor Polly! I bet her little kitty eyes are crossed!
    What a great way to get a perfect circle. Thanks Karen!

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  6. You know how much I love stripes. Looks like Polly is on our team!

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