Here’s my latest:
(I’m on a birdie kick. But then so is everyone else so I’m in good company :)
I’ve had the birdcage fabric (Tweet Tweet by Michael Miller) for a little while now, and I just knew it was destined to be a dishtowel. I took one of the cages I liked and redrew it onto muslin and machine stitched over the lines. I don’t think that counts as machine embroidery, does it?
Want to make one too?
Here’s the supply list:
Birdcage Fabric (about 1/4 yard)
Muslin (just enough for the birdcage applique x 2)
Scraps of fabric for the top and bottom of the birdcage and ruffle
Scrap for Birdie
Coordinating Embroidery Floss
Alrighty then. I started with a piece of muslin and cut it larger than I needed. (At the time I wasn’t sure how big I wanted the birdcage.) I picked out a cage I liked and redrew it on the muslin with a disappearing ink fabric marker. I made a little mistake on that left arc, but the beauty of disappearing ink is that it all goes away anyway. Sweet!
(I promise to get better about ironing. Sheesh.)
We want to sew the items on in the right order so that the layers are in the right place. In other words, you want the birdie to look like he’s in the cage and on the perch and not floating outside it. :)
I started with the perch. I just stitched back and forth on the line about 7 or 8 times.
Then I traced and cut out my little Birdie. Awww.
I put him on top of the perch, so it looked like he was resting on it. I used Wonder Under to hold him on, then straight stitched around him.
(Look, not quite as wrinkled!! )
Then I repeated the same process for the top and bottom of the birdcage.
(I think it looks a little like a gumball machine here.)
Then it got late and I forgot to take pictures, sorry! But it’s pretty simple so I think by looking at the finished towel you’ll be able to follow along. :)
Just like with the perch, I sewed over all the blue lines, about 3 or 4 times. On the two right legs, I did 5 passes because I wanted them to be just a bit thicker, for a little dimension.
I decided on my cage applique shape and cut it out, then cut out a backing. I did this because the muslin wasn’t very thick and I didn’t want the background fabric showing through. I sewed most of the way around the oval, then clipped the corners and turned it right side out.
I cut a panel of the birdcage fabric the width of the dishtowel x 8″. I sewed this on – leaving the top and bottom so they would fray and hemmed the sides.
Next I placed the birdcage applique where I wanted it (slightly off center) and sewed it on closely to the edge.
I added a ruffle and ric-rac to the bottom edge. At this point it still seemed like it needed something so I did an embroidery running stitch around the white oval. If I did this over, I’d do this running stitch before sewing it on to the dishtowel. :)
I also added a little embroidered birdie just about the fabric panel.
Here’s a close up. Do you think the birdie outside the cage is mocking or consoling the poor little birdie in the cage? I can’t quite tell.
And the finished towel.