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Bumble Bee Window Shade

Description

A delightful treatment for any window.

Materials Needed

  • Upholstery fabric to cover window (see measurements below; yardage will depend on size of window.)
  • Lining for backing (see measurements below).
  • Download "Busy Bee" embroidery design from www.singerco.com.
  • Embroidery thread in the following colors for bumblebees:
    Black, gold, rust, brown, mustard, grey and white
  • Embroidery thread in the following colors for flowers:
    green, rust, gold and brown
  • White or black bobbinfil thread for bobbin. (This is a very fine thread used in the bobbin; sewing supply stores will carry it.)
  • One spool regular sewing thread to match fabric.
  • Tear-away stabilizer.
  • 1 curtain rod for bottom of shade.
  • Strip of 2 inch wide Fusible Heavy Duty Velcro the width of window shade.

Instructions

Preparation:

Measuring the window. Our finished shade measures 26 inches wide by 32 inches long, including the 4-½ inch rod pocket at the bottom. Our shade covers ¾ of the window length.

  1. For width of shade, measure window frame from one side to the other. Add 1 inch for seam allowances. (Our measurement = 27 inches.)
  2. For length of shade, measure from top of window, 2 inches above window frame to desired length. Add 2 inches for seam allowances. (Our measurement = 34 inches.) For our window shade, we purchased a total of 1 1/4yard of 60-inch wide fabric, and used the same fabric for the lining. We purchased an extra ¼ yard for the rod pockets.
  3. Cut out 1 piece 27 ½ inches long by 27 inches wide of fabric.
  4. Cut out 1 piece 27 ½ inches long by 27 inches wide for lining.
  5. Cut out 6 rectangles 9 ½ inches wide by 10 ½ inches tall.
  6. 2 inch wide by 1-inch thick mounting board, cut to the width of the window frame.

Sewing Instructions for Large Flower design:.

  1. Select pattern FLOWER_S006 from the small hoop designs.
  2. Increase the size of the flower: Click on Design, click on Change Size, click % box, change X box to 280, click OK. This will re-size the flower proportionately.
  3. Mark center of flower at center of fabric 4 6/8 inches from bottom edge as shown in Figure 1.


    FIGURE 1

  4. Mark center of flower 3 inches from side edge and 4 6/8 inches from bottom edge of fabric as shown in Figure 1.
  5. Hoop one of the center markings of flower in the center of the Large Hoop. (See “Basic Tips for Successful Embroidery” DVD supplied with machine for hooping instructions.)
  6. Transmit design to machine and send the first block of color (green) to the machine. (See the software’s built-in tutorial on how to transmit design to the machine.)
  7. Sew out one complete flower following the prompts from the machine to transmit all remaining color blocks (rust, gold and brown).
  8. Repeat for the other two large flowers.

Sewing instructions for Small Flower design:

  1. Select pattern FLOWER_S006 from the small hoop designs.
  2. Decrease size of flower. Click on Design, click on Change Size, click % box, change X box to 138, click OK. This will re-size the flower proportionately.
  3. Mark center of small flower at center of fabric between the two large flowers 4 6/8 inches from bottom edge as shown in Figure 2.


    FIGURE 2

  4. Hoop one of the center markings of flower in the center of the Large Hoop. (See “Basic Tips for Successful Embroidery” DVD supplied with machine for hooping instructions.)
  5. Transmit design to machine and send the first block of color (green) to the machine. Sew out one complete flower following the prompts from the machine to transmit all remaining color blocks (gold, rust and brown).
  6. Repeat for the other small flower.

Sewing instructions for Bumblebees:

Place a large bumblebee, one to the right and slightly above the large left flower, and one to the left and slightly above the large right flower. Do the same with the small bumblebee in relation to the small flower. Mark center position of bumblebee with marking pencil.

  1. Select large bumblebee that you have downloaded from the Singer website.
  2. Rotate the bumblebee in the direction of your choice. (See built-in tutorial for how to rotate.)
  3. Transmit design to machine and send the first block of color (black) to the machine.
  4. Hoop one of the center markings of bumblebee in the center of the Large Hoop. (See “Basic Tips for Successful Embroidery” DVD supplied with machine for hooping instructions.)
  5. Attach embroidery hoop and sew out one complete bumblebee following the prompts from the machine to transmit all color blocks. (There will be a total of 7 color blocks to send.)
  6. Remove fabric from hoop and reposition fabric to center the next bumblebee in the center of the hoop.
  7. Rotate the bumblebee in the direction of your choice.
  8. Sew out one complete bumblebee following the prompts from the machine to transmit all color blocks.
  9. For small bumblebee, click on Design, click on Change Size, click % box, change X box to 60, click OK. This will re-size the bumblebee proportionately.
  10. Rotate the bumblebee in the direction of your choice and stitch out 2 small bumblebees as indicated above.

Sewing Instructions: Bumblebees on Rod Pocket

  1. Take 3 of the rectangular pieces and with a marking pencil, mark the center of the fabric 2 6/8 of an inch from the top edge as indicated on Figure 3 .


    FIGURE 3

  2. Stitch out one large bumblebee on each rectangle rotating the bumblebee in the direction of your choice.
  3. Cut out side edges of all 6 rectangles as illustrated in Figure 4.


    FIGURE 4

Finishing Touches:

  1. With right sides together, seam the sides of the rod pockets.
  2. Turn right side out and press.
  3. Edge stitch along seam and then press pockets in half.
  4. Pin front of shade to back right sides together, so that rod pockets are sandwiched between the two layers and that they are centered and even with lower edge of fabric.
  5. Stitch ½" seam all around, leaving an opening at the top approximately 8inches wide.
  6. Turn shade right side out. Press seams flat.
  7. Edge stitch all around the window shade.
  8. Sew one side of the Velcro to top of shade.

Mounting Window Shade:

  1. Glue opposite side of the Velcro strip to the mounting board. Secure every 6 inches with small ½" nail.
  2. Secure mounting board with screws directly above the window frame.
  3. Attach window shade to mounting board by pressing the Velcro pieces together.

Compatible Machines

  • CE-100 | FUTURA™
  • CE-200 | FUTURA™