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Making a quilted tabletopper for you and Santa

 

The holiday season is here and the big day is fast approaching! In yesterday’s post I finished making the Decking the Halls Cushion Cover and showed you how the selvage and the creative 3.0 save time in finishing it – a quick gift to give or keep before the sleigh arrives.

One of my family’s traditions is for my husband and children to bake cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve. Nothing like extra dishes to do on Christmas morning, right?

Seriously though, ‘Santa’ doesn’t really need to eat two dozen cookies so I designed this appliqued cookie plate tabletopper for Santa (and Mrs. Claus) to enjoy instead!

 

Tabletopper of treats for Santa
Tabletopper of treats for Santa

 

It might have gotten ridiculously fun to decorate the cookies using the built in decorative stitches on PFAFF’s creative 3.0. But I’m getting ahead of myself – first we have to make the plate!

PFAFF creative 3.0
PFAFF creative 3.0

 

materials

fabric

  • fat quarter white for plate top
  • fat quarter holiday print for plate back
  • large scraps for various cookies
  • 16″ square of batting and a small additional piece
other
  • fusible web for applique
  • lightweight stabilizer (optional)
  • threads to match and contrast with cookie fabrics
  • cutting mat
  • rotary cutter
  • quilting ruler

 

Click on the picture to download PDF
Click on the picture to download PDF

 

Click on the picture to download PDF
Click on the picture to download PDF

 

Creating the top of the plate

Print the hexagon templates, cut and use them to trace one large hexagon on freezer paper.
Reuse the freezer paper template again so keep it in a safe, flat place when we’re finished with this step.

Place the freezer paper template shiny side down on the right side of the white fabric and iron it on – I usually set the iron at 4 which is a little less than the cotton setting.

Use a quilting ruler and rotary cutter to trim around the template. Peel the freezer template off the white hexagon.

I fused some lightweight stabilizer to give my topper a firmer look. Then I decided to use some built in decorative stitches to add a pattern around the edge of my plate.

I used the built-in stitch 2.2.2 on the PFAFF creative 3.0 to make 2 rows around the outer edge and put a row of the basic straight stitch in between. This makes it really pretty…

 

Stitch 2.2.2 used to make plate edge pattern.
Stitch 2.2.2 used to make plate edge pattern.

 

Creating the cookies

Print the cookie templates and trace them onto fusible webbing. You can choose which to use – all of the same or a variety – or even skip the templates and just use circles. Cut and fuse the webbing to the reverse side of your cookie fabrics.

Lay out your cookies in a pleasing arrangement on the plate then fuse them into place.

 

Tabletopper of treats for Santa
Tabletopper of treats for Santa

 

The next step will be decorating all those cookies for Santa! Don’t worry, the biggest problem will be choosing from the 254 built in stitches 🙂

The holiday stitching continues tomorrow with PFAFF’s creative 3.0.

 

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2: How the selvage and the creative 3.0 save time in finishing a cushion cover

Go to part 4: PFAFF makes fun work of decorating cookies

I love to play with color and *quilts* are my playground! A self-taught quilter, I’ve been designing quilts for almost 20 years. I’m inspired by happy fabrics, selvages, traditional blocks and nature. I’m also a wife, mother, and elementary school teacher, and enjoy drinking coffee on my front porch in northern Ontario.

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