All week I’ll be showing you how to make this magical Christmas Tree decorative pillow using the PFAFF creative ambition 640. You’ll have so much fun! In yesterday’s post I gave you the list of materials for the project, and now I’ll show you how to get the applique ready. Here are the steps you need to set your appliques onto the background fabric.
Download the Christmas Tree design PDF. Then draw the designs, except for the stars, onto your double-sided fusible web. Draw the design in mirror effect onto the paper holding the fusible web. It’s not really a problem for the circles, but you’ll have to pay attention to the tree trunk and body.
Once you’ve marked your fusible web, cut around the pieces leaving about ¼” excess around your lines. Note that if you choose to use the same fabric for all the tree layers, as in my example, you don’t need to cut the pieces independently.
Following the care instructions for the fusible web, fuse the web onto the back of your fabrics. Then cut on the lines to create the exact shapes.
The next step is to position the fused pieces onto your background fabric. Since I want my pillow to be a 14’’ square block, I cut my background to 14½” x 14½”. I folded the background fabric in half and folded it in half once more and ironed so I could see the creases which allow me to always know where the center of the square is. This helped me keep my design centered.
Here’s my original design for the Christmas tree decorative cushion. Now, feel free to alter the decorations as you wish. If you print the design in the size of your project, it can also help you position your pieces onto the background fabric.
Once more, following the care instructions for the fusible web, fuse the design onto the background fabrics.
You’re now ready to begin decorating the project and that’s exactly what I’ll begin to demonstrate tomorrow using the PFAFF creative ambition 640. You’ll see just how fast and easy it is to get ready for the holidays with a Christmas Pillow Applique!
This is part 2 of 5 in this series
Go back to part 1: Creating holiday magic is easy with the PFAFF creative ambition 640
Go to part 3: Trapunto and free-motion quilting together: Add pizzazz to your project