Simple sewing projects become unique when using a variety of fancy stitches. And nothing is more satisfying than being able to create individual pieces for your home or as gifts for friends and family.
Here are two simple sewing projects with instructions: one for place mats and the other for potholders. However to make this sewing projects unique use some fancy stitches. By using quilting for example the potholders and place mats become thicker as a thin layer of cotton wadding is used and the stitching gives a decorative effect.
Although using fancy stitches may be time consuming the results can be stunning. How about going fruity with your place mats using applique!
The instructions for making place mats and potholders are:
Another method is to:
Some fancy stitches that make your sewing projects unique.
Twisted running stitch: Outline the line of design with running stitches, and with contrasting thread go over and under stitches, using a blunt needle, but not through fabric, to get an effect like twisted cord.
Blanket stitch: Hold thread to left with thumb, insert needle about ¼ inch up, make stitch down through loop. Used for thread carriers, dainty edge trims, edges of heavy materials which would be too bulky to fold under.
Hemstitching: Draw out several threads of fabric at line to be hemstitched. Start at right, pass needle under three or four threads, draw up through a loop and take a small stitch down through fabric. Continue. Double hemstitching is done on both sides. Used as a trim on garments and on table linens and doilies.
Applique: Cut out appliqué and baste in place. Finish with blanket stitch, couching with heavy thread, cord, or braid; fine hemming or slip stitches, or sew on with zigzag machine using narrow zigzag stitches. Gives a strong accent and becomes center of interest on garments, towels, slipcovers.
Quilting: Baste fabric to cheesecloth or muslin with thin layer of cotton wadding between. Draw design on wrong side and stitch on wrong side. Do all the lines in one direction first, then the cross lines. Use long stitches and heavy, slightly loose bobbin thread for puffy effect. Machine quilter attachment may be used. Do not press.
These are only a few ideas of how fancy stitches can make your sewing projects only one of its kind.