Sunday, November 4, 2012

fabric paper chains... a tutorial...

I've been playing around with this idea in my head for a while now and today seemed like the right day to give it a try! I'm using the fantastic "Dear Mr Claus" fabric since it has just the perfect retro prints for paper chains!
1. Cut a strip of cotton 2 1/2 x 9" long (I used a piece of a jelly roll strip)...
2. Press each of the long sides in to the center...
3. Cut a strip of felt measuring 2 x 8 1/2" long with rotary cutter, then trim long edges with pinking shears...

4. Sew pressed cotton to felt. I used neutral thread on the top, and red on the bottom so it would blend...
When you come to the end, tuck the 1/2" under the felt to hide the raw edge...
Here is the front and the back...
5. Form a loop, overlapping the finished edge over the raw edge...
This is how I ended up pinning, after a bit of trial and error... it didn't want to stay neatly in the machine!
6. You could sew the loop closed by machine or by hand. I used my machine and this is what the process looked like... Remember how I pinned? I recommend it!
7. Make another loop... and another until you have enough for your chain, adding them as you go along...
My chain has 14 loops, two of each of the prints that I chose...
Happy Holiday Decorating!

4 comments:

trish said...

Oh how cute is that? Love it.

Cindy Sharp said...

You should submit your idea to Moda Bakeshop. I bet they would like it.

Alison said...

Good morning from White Rock BC. Love your chain tutorial and will make a few. So nice to find a local blog. I,too, have had crafting time greatly interrupted with volleyball. My grade 11 son plays and we are nearing the end of the school season but club will begin. We have played many tournaments at MEI!

PippaP said...

I love this and just happen to have some claus fabric in my stash :) my dd and I might have a go at some in the run up to Christmas, I won your Holiday Medley bundle and have just finished the quilt btw... http://www.pippaspatch.com/2012/11/holiday-medley-finish.html