Joan Frantzen
Project

Sewing with Die Cuts

I've recently discovered that wafer-thin dies (usually used to die-cut paper) work beautifully with fabric, too! The die-cuts can be used to create one-of-a-kind greeting cards or fabric postcards, and offer a manageable canvas for practicing free-motion stitching to produce something truly fun to make (and exciting to receive). I apply iron-on adhesive to the back of fabric, run it through a die-cutting machine, then remove the backing paper and fuse the die-cut pieces onto background fabric. A layer of Peltex (a firm stabilizer) placed underneath provides a stable base for machine-stitching (either free-motion stitching, or using the pre-programmed stitches on your machine) using decorative or metallic threads. Finally, embellishments (beads, hot-fix crystals, felt, sequins, decorative yarns) are added by hand. The piece is then trimmed to size, framed with a cardstock die-cut, and glued to a greeting card or fabric postcard backing. A truly unique and beautiful tiny work of art to send to a friend!

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Joan Frantzen made Sewing with Die Cuts with:

Exploring Natural Machine-Quilting Motifs

Online Class

Exploring Natural Machine-Quilting Motifs

with Linda Bratten

Project Description

I've recently discovered that wafer-thin dies (usually used to die-cut paper) work beautifully with fabric, too! The die-cuts can be used to create one-of-a-kind greeting cards or fabric postcards, and offer a manageable canvas for practicing free-motion stitching to produce something truly fun to make (and exciting to receive). I apply iron-on adhesive to the back of fabric, run it through a die-cutting machine, then remove the backing paper and fuse the die-cut pieces onto background fabric. A layer of Peltex (a firm stabilizer) placed underneath provides a stable base for machine-stitching (either free-motion stitching, or using the pre-programmed stitches on your machine) using decorative or metallic threads. Finally, embellishments (beads, hot-fix crystals, felt, sequins, decorative yarns) are added by hand. The piece is then trimmed to size, framed with a cardstock die-cut, and glued to a greeting card or fabric postcard backing. A truly unique and beautiful tiny work of art to send to a friend!

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Skill Level

Intermediate