Welcome chocolatiers to day two! Yesterday I went over the things needed for the chocolate box project… today I’m piecing the chocolate box background and cutting and appliqueing the chocolates. There’s a lot to do so let’s get started.
From the pink fabrics: cut 9 – 8½” squares
From red fabric: cut 3 – 1½” x 8½” strips and 2 – 1½ x 26½” strips
The packaging gives a complete description on how to use. Read it over carefully and cut some circles from scrap fabric until you get the hang of the TrueCut 360° Precision Circle Cutter.
Once comfortable with the TrueCut 360° Precision Circle Cutter, cut 8 – 7” circles from the chocolate fabric… I cut 2 white chocolate, 2 milk chocolate and 4 dark chocolate.
If you’re adding extra batting under your chocolates, cut 8 – 6” circles from the HeatnBond High loft fusible fleece.
Center the HeatnBond High loft fusible fleece on the back of the fabric circles, glue side down and press according to instructions. I pressed from the cotton side, not the fleece side to get the best adhesion. I recommend using HeatnBond High loft fusible fleece as it stabilizes the circles and makes them much easier to applique. It does not create a huge loft so if you want a puffier chocolate, try using two layers of HeatnBond High loft fusible fleece.
Center each chocolate (one at a time) in its box spot and carefully stitch the outside edge. Take your time and go slow. I chose to use a slightly heavier weight pink cotton thread and a buttonhole stitch. If the edges fray, trim them after you have completed the stitching.
Press each chocolate after it is appliqued.
Whew! Good job! Take a rest because tomorrow I’m really going to get my chocolatier hat on and decorate 🙂