Monday, 1 October 2012

reverse applique bookmarks

I've completely given up trying to think of witty, amusing or clever titles for my posts.  Or did you think I gave it up months ago?  Can you guess what I've got to show you today?  Yes, that's right, bookmarks.  Of the reverse appliqué type.

I kind of used this tutorial by The Girl By The Sea.   I used my own templates and sewed the backing fabric a bit differently.

I made them 2 weekends ago, up to the stage you see above.  I did the reverse appliquéing, the sewing round the motifs, the sewing up and the turning.  I knew I wanted to sew round the edge, and needed to to close the turning gap, but thought it'd be a 5 minute job.

Here's a bit of a close up of the reverse appliqué.  It's raw edge so it'll fray more but I like the look, it works well with flowers especially.

I added the button to the centre of the flower.

So, that five minute job to topstitch?  Took me bloody hours!  First up was the flower.  I sewed it up.  Missed the turning gap.  Unpick.  Sew up again, missed the turning gap.  I sewed and missed 4 times before I finally gave up and handstitched that damn gap shut.  Fifth time lucky.  Except I used the wrong colour thread.  You know what?  It can stay the wrong colour!

For the hearts, I sewed right through the edge of one of them.  Unpick.  Sew again, massive birds nest on the back.  Third time?  Yep, got it right that time.

The unpicking was made more frustrating by the fact I kepts sewing the topstitch with a tiny little stitch.  I'd sew them both, realise they were wrong, put them to one side, do something else, come back to it, unpick, sew again... all with a stitch length of about 1mm!!

They're done.  Finally.  Never again.  Also this weekend I made a bag for Purse Week at Lemon Squeezy Home.  There was some unpicking with that too, but more about that later.  I couldn't get a decent picture, the light is terrible as England seems to think it's deepest mid-winter... I really hope I can get a good photo next weekend, if not it'll be crap photos for me.

In other news, I ate my own body weight in cake on Friday.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.


Sarah said...

They look lovely despite all the angst! Love that technique

Just-Do said...

I'm sorry to say, but this sounds like a real Wendy-story! But again your perseverance is admirable and the result is lovely. I hope you will have some time for reading now.

Pam said...

Where would we be without our seam rippers? Great idea for bookmarks. I've been meaning to try reverse applique for ages. Yours looks terrific.

JoJo said...

They came out great! Picking out stitches. Ugh. lol Been there with cross stitch. And hey - cake!

Allie said...

You are just my favorite crafter, girl....your posts are hysterical!!! I really like your bookmarks, and the commentary *G* You just dive right into anything, I love that!

Sandra :) said...

They look great, despite their less than stellar beginnings, LOL - I would have turned the air blue with my cursing had I ran into as many snags as you did!

Now no more cake for you, missy! It's fine to have a day or two or thirty of eating what we want (in my case, it's a year or two or thirty) but now it's time to get back on track!!

Amy said...

These are darling! Isn't it frustrating when a project that is supposed to be simple, turns out to well, not be simple? :)

JennyPennyPoppy said...

Your post made me laugh out loud at work in my cubicle. Sorry to read about the frustrating unpicking bits but I can so relate and you wrote about it so amusingly. Thanks for the chuckle :)