“How To” make Quilted Fiber Brooch and Pin

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I started with cotton sateen type fabric, about the size of a fat quarter, layered it with batting, and then some TimTex (available at JoAnn Fabrics) – it’s a super duper stiff interfacing, then put backing fabric on for a quilt sandwich.  In the meantime, (the night prior) I had also painted some paper-backed fusible web (I used steam-a-seam) with metallic paint – from Jacquard “Lumiere” line.  Let it dry overnight; it wrinkles up when the paper dries; that’s okay.  Peel it up and then, using a pressing sheet (teflon sheet), fuse it to the background fabric, serendipity-like!

Add those fun decorative stitches from your machine; just a couple of stitches that I believe everyone has in most newer machines, are the heart, star, an the triple-straight stitch, so here’s a great opportunity to apply them! Plus you get to practice placement!  A valued skill!   Use left over fibers, yarns, ribbon, angelina fibers, foil, decorative (thicker) threads as it pleases you, layering them as you think it looks good, over the whole fat quarter fabric sandwich.  Once everything has been stitched, through all three layers of fabric, timtex, and backing,  cut it out into a heart shape, or any shape of your choice.

I took  some yarn and other of those thicker Razzle Dazzle threads that complimented the pin colors, twisted them together, and then did a free motion zig-zag attaching them around the outside edge of the heart, all the way around.  Clip threads, trim as needed, and add a pin back, which I attached using tacky glue.  You could choose to sew it if you wished.  EnJOY.  HAVE FUN!

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