InstructionsBuild the block background out of scraps. (I added Laurel's Piping into one seam, see below.) Draw a giraffe design (I found several ideas using Google) onto Steam-a-Seam II (light) paper square, onto the side that, when you peel up the edge, is still stuck to the fusible web. Peel off the other paper and press the pattern piece onto the back of your chosen fabric. Cut, fuse to the block, ...
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Type of item: Functional
Style: Cute, Whimsical, Casual, Outdoorsy
fabrics, King Tut varigated threads
What was your inspiration?
My sewing Bee rotation was a box of lovely jungle fabrics with a definite giraffe theme, and I remembered an image I had seen somewhere of two giraffes hugging. By the time I got the box, mostly scraps remained - but pieced together they made a block over which I appliqued the giraffes.
What are you most proud of?
I love the way the decorative stitching filled in the spots, and I really like the 3D effect of the pleated flat piping tucked into one of the seams. My friend Laurel showed me this technique and it is so effective! You simply press a fabric strip in half longways, then as you are stitching the seam you use a skewer to push forward little tucks randomly in the flat piping strip.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
This is a wonderful way to use up those scraps, and to make a feature-piece for any project. Play with those decorative stitches!