Frayed Applique Tutorial

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Now to answer a question that has been coming in this week! Many of you had asked about the flowers that were embellished on our basic bag shown in the picture below.

Well it’s a technique that is very simple to master as well as quick, easy, and a beatiful addition to just about any project! We’ve added them to clothing, handbags, tea towels and more! It’s a technique which Kris shared recently on Studio 5.


Here are 2 examples of what we made!


We thought we’d put together a brief step-by-step tutorial on how to make this fun embellishment! Let’s get started!


1. Begin by tearing an approximate 1/2″ strip of fabric. For larger flowers, continue to tear several strips.

2. Place one end of the fabric strip onto the base project you will be sewing the flower onto. Sew a straight stitch directly down the center of the fabric strip. Sew for a brief time before it’s time to “turn” your fabric strip to begin forming a flower.


3. Continue sewing in this same manner. It is helpful to keep your needle in the down position as you stop to turn the project in order to continue sewing down the center of the fabric strip without losing your place.

4. Keep on going! Round and round… until you reach the very end of the strip. If you’d like the flower to be larger, simply add an addition torn strip of fabric and repeat the same steps as outlined above.


And now you’re finished! BEAUTIFUL! Can you imagine the possibilities?


You can leave the flower alone, or even add a pretty button for a nice finishing touch! Have fun with fabric colors as well and mix and match! There really is no wrong way to do it. If you give it a try, we’d love to see your photos!

Winners of the Episode 5 Giveaway!

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

We have 2 winners from our Episode 5 giveaway! Congratulations to….

1. Gay F. (partial email: gay_ferla…) You won a $50 gift certificate to Hawthorne Threads!
2. Rachel (partial email: rachel.mar…) You won a Grab-n-Sew Kit from Art Gallery Fabrics!

Did you miss our “2nd Helping” from Episode 5?  We answer many of your questions and show you a DIY Dish Basic Bag that a viewer made on the first day! Wow!  We’ve loved seeing other photos of your bags in our Facebook and Flickr pages, too. Beautiful!

Have a wonderful day!
-Kim & Kris