Monday, 16 December 2013

Little heart sachet for someone special

I was in such a rush making samples for the Pick of the week that I didn't manage to take photographs of them all before I packed them up.  Did you see my cushion and clock and baby bibs, bag and tshirt?

However, I had taken one or two pictures at the beginning of my sample making session, so I am now showing you this scented sachet I made using the fabulous new heart dies.

I have found that you can cut natural fabrics easier than any that have a polyester or synthetic content. I think this is because the polyester strengthens the fibres and so makes it tougher to cut. The white heart was cut from 100% linen. I place two sheets of scrap printer paper either side of the fabric to give the dies something to bite through and I find this helps. Sometimes you have to run it through a few times but I did manage to cut it OK. When it comes to cutting fabric, you just have to experiment a bit and see what works best for you.

The something special was cut from a wool blend felt. The reason I use this more expensive felt is because it doesn't melt and stick to the iron , which allows you to use fusible iron on interfacing which 1. provides the stiffness to make it cut easily with a die and 2. means you can iron the motif to fix it directly onto your backing fabric which is perfect especially if it is an intricate design like this that you can't easily reinforce with stitching.  Adding a little ribbon hanger and some simple blanket stitch was the perfect finishing touch for this sweet little sachet.

I'd be interested to know if any of you use your dies for cutting felt or fabric.
Do leave a comment and let me know if you do. Thanks.

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