Oak Leaf Toss Around

Created By:

Jane Spolar (Quilt Poetry)

Skill Level: Beginner
Patterns Available +/-
This is the applique patterns and instructions for the Oak Leaf Toss Around.

These leaves are appliquéd onto felt, cut out and displayed around a centerpiece or where ever you may need a little fall spice. Jane’s leaves were all made with Stonehenge fabrics, a tonal collection courtesy of Northcott.

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Janome Supplies Required
Fabric and Notions Required
  • 1/2 yd felt, or pieces large enough to hoop (Jane used a moss green)
  • Tonal fabric for appliqué, 1/8 yard pieces or scraps at least 5" x 8". Autumn colors.
  • 1/2 yd or more fusible web, depending upon how many leaves you wish to make.
  • Embroidery needle size 90/14
  • 40 wt. rayon embroidery thread in colors to complement appliqué

General Instructions:

-Download the embroidery files (.jef). There are four available. 
- Oak GR.jef is specifically for the GR hoop and makes three large leaves.
- Oak RE20a.jef is specifically for the RE20a hoop, although it could also be used in a larger hoop. It makes one small and one large leaf.
- Large Oak.jef is for an individual large leaf.
- Small Oak.jef is for an individual small leaf.

-Print the template page for the appliqué leaves. The templates are reversed for fusing and fusing instructions are on the template page.

Appliqué in the Hoop Instructions:

  1. Fuse and cut out as many leaves you intend to embroider.
  2. Hoop the felt for the design and machine you are using. There is no need to stabilize. The felt is very stable already.
  3. Prepare your machine for embroidery mode (Refer to your machine Instruction Book for reminders about how to set this up.)
  4. Load and open the design you prefer into the machine.
  5. Thread Color: Don’t worry about the thread colors specified in the design - just use threads that complement your fabric choices. (Jane used the same color thread for the outer satin stitching, and the inner blanket stitched decoration – then used another color for the veins of the leaves.)
  6. Helpful Hint: The multiple leaf designs will stitch out one leaf first, then the next. This is helpful when you want to change thread colors depending upon fabric used. However, if you use the Color Section Key to cycle through the first outline stitch out of each leaf, you’ll only have to remove the hoop once to fuse the fabric into place. Just remember to cycle back to the satin stitch of the first leaf before removing the hoop, then remember to cycle past the outline stitch when the design takes you back to embroider the second and third leaves.
  7. Stitch the first outline of the design. Remove the hoop from the machine; lay on a flat surface with an ironing pad underneath. Press and fuse the leaf into place within the stitched outline. It’s helpful to use a small craft iron to make sure you seal all the edges to the felt.

  8. Return the hoop to the machine and continue stitching, changing thread colors as you desire.

  9. When all the leaves are appliquéd, remove the hoop and fabric. Cut each leaf out of the felt about 1/4" or so outside the edges of the appliqué. If you plan on continuing with more leaves, re-hoop with felt and begin again.

Everyone is Talking about Oak Leaf Toss Around

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Around the Table Dresden Placemats
Saturday, December 17, 2016

I like the concept, but the directions are "sloppy." Nowhere in the supply list does it mention the felt or the batting (how much?). Also, I would never use a high loft batting in a placemat, or a table runner, as I think that it would be too unstable for a glass. The next time I make these, I will cut out the batting (I use flannel) and spray baste it to the wrong side of the Dresden plate before I put the Dresden plate on the felt to cut out. I have not yet washed the finished placemat, and am hoping that the single layer of felt does not curl up, or become distorted after washing/drying.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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Friday, February 24, 2017

I made this today but your cutting directions need to be changed. You only need 4 of color 1 and color 3 4.5 squares for the triangles. Also the inner border, you only need 2 cuts as WOF is long enough to cut each in half to fit the sides.
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I've had this machine for only a week now. I bought it used from a lady who makes her own clothes, but she no longer needed the machine. During the purchase, she noted that she is almost sad that it's better to give it away because of how well the machine performed. (I also bought it along side a computerized machine of another brand.} She demoed the machine for us, showing it worked and gave us everything (including the box it came in!) She took amazing care of this machine. I have used it a few times now, and the directions for threading were easy to follow (albeit my hands are quite large so the lower looper was a pain, but that is no fault to the machine or brand.) And I recommend this machine to anyone who wants to learn to serge and wants a machine that can grow with them. I will happily use this machine time and time again.
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Sunday, February 25, 2018

I love, love, love my S9! It's sews and embroiders beautifully and it's simplicity of use amazes me. I would recommend this machine for both a beginner and an experienced seamstress. If I would ask anything of Janome it would be to upgrade the programming to run a larger hoop size. I understand that it can't get much wider but there is most definitely room for it to go longer. That is the only limitation of this machine.
Monday, February 26, 2018

I purchased a Memorycraft 15000 a few years ago and it was the best purchase I ever made! This machine can do just about anything you would would ever want! I love the capability of using the Acuedit app to set up my embroidery pattern on my Ipad and then download it to the machine! I love how my embroidery looks upon completion and I love all the good lighting it has to light up your workspace. That way you don’t need to worry about where to set up your machine. It also has plenty of room to do machine embroidery on any size quilts! There are many decorative stitches from which to choose that are outstanding! It’s hard to choose which one to use! There are so many great features it is hard to decide what I love the most. If you want to buy only one machine to last a lifetime, I would recommend this one!
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Sunday, February 24, 2019

The S9 is amazing. I learned to sew by hand when I was just 5 and in my grandmothers way as she was quilting. I took seeing classes in high school until they would no longer let me sign up. The S9 makes me appreciate my current skills as well as motivate me to want to learn more. This machine is awesome.
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Thursday, November 19, 2020

My Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000 is fantastic! I love, love, love this machine! When I came across the Eye for and Eye embroidery design today, I wanted to make it. However, the embroidery file is missing. Nothing downloads when I select the download button. Please help!
Treat Bag fun!
Monday, August 16, 2021

I made the Halloween treat bag for my new granddaughter and I’m sure it will last for years. No embroidery machine so I appliquéd the lettering. Need a little more skirt fabric for a better gathered look, and I used thin double-bias tape for the skirt hem, over edge stitch on skirt sides. I’m pleased with my results!
Very helpful tutorial
Wednesday, October 25, 2023

I want to say thank you for teaching me this method of applique. I was able to do it with a small letters. This method is the best so far from all of those I've seen and tried.
So useful
Thursday, November 30, 2023

I'd like to express my gratitude for teaching me this appliqué method. I successfully applied it with small letters, and, so far, it's the most effective among all the methods I've seen and tried.

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