When the folks at Accuquilt asked if I wanted to try out their product...I responded with a resounding, heck yeah! I had actually never seen one of their magical fabric cutter machines before but after discovering that it precisely & super easily cuts fabric into fantastic shapes I was hooked! I chose these darling bird die cuts, because well, I live in Portland and we like to put birds on things :)
Anyhow, I loved the clean silhouette of the birds and really wanted to showcase that. Hence, these modern art embroidery hoops. They're a snap to make and so cute you'll want to hang some everywhere!
-dark fabric pieces for birds with contrasting prints for background
-double side fusible interfacing (not shown)
- embroidery hoops in various sizes
- fabric glue
-sewing machine (optional sewing)
Here's my beautiful Accuquilt machine...not at all intimidating. I admit, I was so nervous at first...but then I read the directions and tried it out....wow, it's a snap!
Look! I laid down my (practice) fabric, turned the little crank and voila - out came perfectly cut birdies :)
For the wall art, I adhered double sided fusible web on each bird (made with Kona Ash solid).
For the background fabric I chose three prints, tracing the hoop and then adding 3/4"-1" extra (to wrap around the edge of the hoop).
Next, I fused each bird to the center of the fabric circles- I determined the middle by folding the circle into fourths, like a pie piece. I was still a little off on one of them, but I think it looks pretty cute anyway. I then top-stitched around each bird, though this entirely optional.
Last step, I folded over the edge of the fabric, using just a bit of glue to keep it in place. Be careful to avoid getting glue on the actual front of the hoop fabric (Like I did...don't look to closely at the orange one ;)
I think these birds would look charming just about anywhere I put them. I do have a few other shapes too, flowers and stars....any other projects you'd like to see?