Whenever I turn to the internet for inspiration for a new project, two things happen. One, I get excited about all the possibilities and two, I have a million questions about the creative process that lead to the finished item. For various reasons you don’t get a lot of the latter, hence the reason I blog. I’m going to share my creative process with you. You can use the information as guidance or toss it all to the side and wing it. Choice is yours. In my case I want the information so I can learn, gain skills then apply them how I want to!!! That said…here’s my process for the AirMail Mug Rug!
I first saw this project on the NanaCompany blog, when Amy mentioned it as one on her To-Do list. She just posted about making her stamps and I, being a devote fan I thought, I’d better get started too. (There’s my monkey see, monkey do thing again).
As instructed I dug through my scraps, cut and cropped and voila!!! These little stamps are so quick and easy to make. Potato Chips my friends…
To answer my friend Paula’s question, I used a jelly roll strip in Kona White for the back ground. The magic to making these is fusible webbing. After much trial and error (prior to this project) my favorite and most readily available is Lite Steam-A-Seam 2.
The paper peels off and when ironed (per packaging instructions) sticks to another piece of fabric. Super easy. A lot of people also use Wonder Under. I have some of that too. It’s scary how well stocked my sewing room is!
Here’s a piece ready for fusing. I decided not to add a background to this one. Break things up a bit.
Here’s the first batch all laid out and ready to go. I just have to finish embroidering the label. Now lets’ talk about that for a moment.
I love embroidery but there is a right way and a wrong way, a slow and steady way and a much cleaner, more efficient and time-saving way. Someone say time-saving! Not only is a time-saving but I honestly think it is more accurate!! The quality and definition of my stitches has improved so much!!
Here are 2 videos I want to share with you.
This one show you how to start your stitching with no knot. It’s simple and genius.
This one show you two ways to do the back stitch. I used to do the first method but now do the second…so much better!!
Both videos are by Stitching Cow, not only are they great but the instructor is Australian so you get to enjoy the wonderful accent while you learn!
I’m so happy with how this looks. The font is Bradley Handwriting.
And the back using her no knot method…
And here it is held up to the light…super neat!!
The pattern for this mug rug can be found in this must have book.
Every single project is full of new skills to learn. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again. Small projects are a great way to learn to skills. It’s a manageable canvas on which to experiment. In my next post I’ll talk about making continuous bias binding. I’m so excited to finally get that one in my bag of tricks. Making it for a small 9×12 mug rug as opposed to making it for a king size quilt. I’ll take the mug rug!
Stay tuned for part 2!!