Hello, everyone. Melody here! I'm pleased to share a guest post from one of our licensed designers today. Kerry Goulder, also known as Kid Giddy, has a fun and fab sewing project to share. So without further ado, take it away Kerry!
Hi everyone, Kerry from Kid Giddy here. I love to make all kinds of different things with my own Kid Giddy Sizzix dies, but also love to play with my basic Sizzix dies too. Today I’m sharing a really easy way to create some fun Mushrooms with the Circle dies - for all kinds of kitchen accessories, like coasters, hot pads and cute tea towels. These mushrooms would also look cute on an apron, dress or pants pockets, too.
Sizzix BigZ Die – Circle 1 ½” (Smaller Tea Towel Mushroom)
Sizzix BigZ Die – Circle 2 ½” (Larger Tea Towel Mushroom)
Sizzix BigZ Die – Circle 4” (Coasters)
Sizzix BigZ Pro Die – Circle 8” (Hot Pads) (requires a Big Shot Pro Machine)
- or other circle dies of your choice
Quilters cotton fabric
Fusible webbing (optional)
Needle & thread
Cut out all the pieces you will need as follows:
Per Mushroom Coaster or Hot Pad:
4 circles of quilter’s cotton fabric (1 Mushroom Top, 1 Stem, 1 Background, 1 Backing)
1 circle of your choice of batting
Per Mushroom for a Tea Towel or other applique:
2 circles of quilter's cotton fabric (1 Mushroom Top, 1 Stem)
Fusible stabilizer is optional
Make the stem first. With right side down, fold over both sides of the circle, each at an angle and press. (Fold the sides closer together to make the stem skinnier, and further apart to make the stem wider.)
Trim off excess fabric from the folded sides.
Flip the stem over right side up onto the background fabric, lining up the bottom edge and top stitch the folds of the stem in place. Trim some of the top off to reduce bulk, as this will be under the mushroom cap.
Fold the mushroom cap in half (more or less for varying sizes) and press.
Trim off the excess fabric from underneath.
Place the mushroom cap face down and stitch in place. Flip it back over and top stitch the folded edge.
Step 4 (for a quilting option see steps 5 & 6):
Place the backside fabric of the mushroom face down on the front, with the batting underneath.
Stitch around the circle leaving a small opening for turning right side out.
Turn right side out, press and top stitch all the way around to close.
Step 5 (If you are not quilting and binding, skip to step 7 for tea towels) :
To add quilting, once your mushroom is finished, place the batting underneath the mushroom top, and the backing fabric face down under the batting.
Quilt as desired. (I decided to have fun with the quilting on the mushroom cap and free motion quilted the words "home for a gnome" and "gnome for a home" as this was made for a Gnome Swap I hosted a few months ago.)
Cut out a bias tape binding for the hot pad and attach with a sewing machine along the front raw edge. Be sure to sew in a loop of ribbon or a small strap on the hot pad to hang it from a knob or hook.
Flip it over to the back, tuck under the edge and sew by hand to finish.
To make the tea towels, iron on a fusible lightweight stabilizer (using manufacturers instructions) to the mushroom fabrics prior to cutting the pieces out.
Follow steps 2 and 3 to make your small mushrooms. Iron them onto your tea towel or other surface and stitch the raw edges with a stitch of choice.
If you prefer to not have raw edges, do not use a fusible stabilizer, and instead use needle turn applique methods to sew the pieces to the tea towel.
As you can see in my pictures, I have added more details to the hot pads. The gnomes and other elements were fussy cut from a piece of fabric and appliqued onto the hot pads prior to quilting and binding them. You can make yours as simple or detailed as you’d like.
If you’d like to find a box or other container to store your coasters in, they will finish at 3 ½” and fit great in a little decorative wooden box.
I hope you have fun making some fun Mushroom accessories with your Sizzix circle dies. Please tag me on Instagram @kidgiddy so I can see what you’re cooking up!