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SINGER® Heirloom Appliqué Bolster

Description

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Materials Needed

  • 3/4 yard cotton fabric for background and end pieces.
  • 1/8 yard contrasting fabric for leaf.
  • 1/8 yard flower print for appliqué tulips. (If you
    also plan to make your own welting purchase
    ½ yard instead.)
  • 1½ yard size 12/32" (9.5mm) cord for making your
    own welting.
  • 1½ yard ready made welting, 1/4 to 3/8 of an
    inch in size. (Purchase
    only if you do not make your own.)
  • 2 yards 1/2 inch ribbon.
  • 1 ¼ yards 6/8 inch ribbon.
  • One 16" bolster (neck roll) pillow form.

Instructions

Preparation
  • Cut 1 piece background fabric 20" X 17."
  • Cut 1 piece cotton batting 20" X 17."
  • Cut 2 end pieces 20" X 4 1/2."
  • Cut 4 tulip #1 shapes for appliqué in a print fabric. (See last page.)
  • Cut 8 leaf shapes for appliqué in a contrasting solid color fabric.
  • Cut the 1/2 inch ribbon into two one yard lengths.
  • Cut the 6/8 inch ribbon into two 22 1/2 inch lengths.
  • For making your own welting (piping) cut 2 strips of flower print 3 inches wide by 22 inches long on the bias.

 

 

Sewing Instructions

How to appliqué the tulips:

  • Cut out a cardboard template of tulip #2. (See last page.)
  • Using this template, press in all edges of the tulip 1/4 of an inch all around.
  • Clip the inner points of the petals before pressing to help turn in the seams. (Use spray starch will help the 1/4 inch seam stay down.)
  • Baste or glue the tulip appliqués down the center of the background fabric. (See Diagram 1 for placement.)
  • Set machine to Blanket Stitch # 20.
  • Set width to 2.5.
  • Set length to 2.0.
  • Attach Blindhem Foot.
  • Starting at the right edge at the top of the tulip lower needle along the outside edge of the appliqué.
  • Adjust the Blindhem foot so that the guide sits along the edge of the appliqué.
  • Sew along the outer edge of the appliqué using the Blindhem foot as a guide.
  • Activate the needle down feature. To pivot at corners or curves, stop with the needle on the right side (outside edge of appliqué) with the needle in the fabric lift the presser foot and pivot.


Diagram 1

 
How to appliqué the leaves:
  • Baste or glue two leaves at the base of each tulip.
  • Set machine to Zigzag stitch # 6.
  • Set width to 3.0.
  • Set length to 0.5.
  • Attach Blindhem foot.
  • Starting at the right edge of the pointed tip lower the needle along the outside edge of the appliqué.
  • Adjust the Blindhem foot so that the guide sits along the edge of the appliqué.
  • Sew along the outer edge of the appliqué using the Blindhem foot as a guide.
  • Activate the needle down feature. To pivot at corners or curves, stop with the needle on the right side (outside edge of appliqué) with the needle in the fabric lift the presser foot and pivot.

 

 

How to sew the Entredeux stitch:

  • Draw a straight parallel line ½ an inch from the tip of the leave down the length of the background fabric on both the right and left side. (See Diagram 2.)
  • Set machine to Entredeux stitch # 22.
  • Attach Satin foot.
  • Sew along the line that you have traced.
  • Press after sewing is completed.

Diagram 2

 

How to embroider 6/8" ribbon:

  • Set machine to Leaf stitch # 45.
  • Attach Satin foot.
  • Sew down the center of each ribbon piece. (Starching the ribbon prior to sewing will help stabilize it.)
  • Press each ribbon piece after sewing is completed.
 

How to sew buttonholes:

  • At a distance of 1½ inches from the Entredeux stitch, mark buttonholes as illustrated. (See Diagram 3 for placement.)
  • Set machine to Buttonhole stitch # 61.
  • Attach buttonhole foot.
  • To determine buttonhole length, place a 6/8 inch button in buttonhole foot.
  • Sew buttonholes down both sides of the bolster.
  • Open buttonholes using seam ripper.
  • Press when sewing is completed.
  • Slip ribbon in and out of the buttonholes.
  • Secure ribbon ends with Straight stitch.



Diagram 3

 

How to sew diagonal and Channel Quilting stitch:

  • Set machine to Quilting stitch # 5.
  • Select needle down position.
  • Attach Satin foot.
  • Place cotton batting under the background fabric and secure with safety pins every 6 inches or so.
  • Draw stitch placement of diagonal stitch on outside edge of bolster. (See Diagram 4.)
  • Sew following traced outline. Raise presser foot and pivot at each corner.
  • Press when stitching is completed.
  • For channel quilting, stitch along outside edge of Entredeux stitch. (See Diagram 5.)
    Note: It is recommended that you use the optional Even Feed foot for channel quilting to prevent puckering.
   

Diagram 4
 

Diagram 5

 

To make your own welting:

  • Set machine to Straight stitch # 2.
  • Attach Zipper foot so that needle is positioned to the left of the foot.
  • Wrap cord with bias strip of print fabric.
  • Sew along the edge of the cord as illustrated. (See Diagram 6.)
  • Trim seam allowance to ½ an inch.


Diagram 6

 

   

To attach welting:

  • Place welting along the long edge of bolster, aligning raw edges, and hand-baste in place.
  • Set machine to Straight stitch #2.
  • Attach Zipper foot so that needle is positioned to the left of the foot.
  • Sew along the edge of the cord as illustrated. (See Diagram 7.)

Finishing touches:

  • Cut away ½ an inch of cord from each end of the welting.
  • Set machine to Straight stitch #1.
  • Fold fabric in half right sides together forming tube and seam at ½ inch seam allowance. Note: It is recommended that you use the optional Even Feed foot to prevent puckered and uneven seams.

 

Diagram 7

 

   

Preparing end pieces:

  • Press under 1/4 inch and then 5/8 inch on one long edge of each end piece to form casing for ½ inch ribbon.
  • Set machine to Straight stitch #1.
  • Attach Zigzag foot.
  • Stitch short ends of these strips right sides together, stopping 1 ½ inch from the bottom edge.
  • Press seam open.
  • In area of casing, stitch seam allowance flat to fabric along outer edge. (See Diagram 8.)
  • Fold casing and stitch close to inner fold to form casing.
  • Run ½ inch ribbon through each casing.

Diagram 8

 

Attaching end pieces:

  • Hand baste circular end piece to bolster tube, right sides together, aligning raw edges.
  • Set machine to Straight stitch #2.
  • Set width to 1.2.
  • Attach Zipper foot so that needle is positioned to the left of the foot.
  • Stitch with Zipper foot aligned with cord.
  • Repeat for other side.
  • Draw-in ribbon at one end and tie into bow. Cut ends of ribbon diagonally.
  • Stuff bolster into tube. (Place pillow in a plastic bag for easier insertion, remove plastic bag once form is inserted.)
  • Draw-in ribbon at other end and tie into bow. Cut ends of ribbons diagonally.

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