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Spooky Fun - Circle Applique Pillow

Created By:

Melanie Call

Skill Level: Intermediate

Hello! I’m Melanie, Janome Maker, from A Bit of Scrap Stuff (Blog) or (Instagram). Today I'm sharing a tutorial for a Spooky Fun - Circle Appliqué Pillow! This is a quick and fun home decor project that is easily completed in an afternoon or evening! I selected Halloween fabric as it is Spooky Season, but you can easily use any fabric that fits your home decor!

I created an appliqué project because I recently received the Janome Appliqué Foot (AP) and wanted to use it immediately. Yes - I love this (new to me) foot as my appliqué stitches look so fabulous and even! I recently learned about the Janome Appliqué Foot (AP) when I was watching the Janome Skill Builder Series Week 6 Video on YouTube - here . The video is full of helpful appliqué tips!

Janome Supplies Required

 

Instructions

Step 1: Adhere fusible adhesive (Heat 'N Bond Lite) to wrong size of fabric scraps. Be sure to sure to use a fusible adhesive that is safe for sewing as you will be appliqué stitching on the circles.

Step 2 (AccuQuilt Method): Cut desired number of circles using AccuQuilt GO! Circle 2", 3", 5" die. I prefer to remove the fusible adhesive paper backing prior to cutting the circles and only cut 2 layers at a time (Right side of fabrics touching)

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Step 2: Trace circles with pen/pencil on paper side of Fusible Adhesive. You can use cups or bowls as a template or a compass. My circles are cut at 2" or 3" or 5", but you can use any size! Using scissors, cut along drawn circle line. Remove paper backing

Step 3: Place circles in desired layout on Pillow Front Fabric 18" x 18". I chose to have a few circles off the edge of the fabric for variety. Remember there will be a 1/4" seam along all edges of pillow.

Peek of the partial circles on the finished pillow.

 

Step 4: Iron/fuse circles in desired layout on Pillow Front Fabric 18" x 18.

Step 5: Using Janome Appliqué Foot (AP), appliqué along edge of circles. My preferred settings:

Appliqué  hint: 

Photo 1: Correct Needle Position. If you need to pivot/raise up presser foot to rotate fabric while using an Appliqué Stitch, the needle should be on the outside of the appliqué shape/circle.

 

Photo 2: Incorrect Needle Position. Do NOT pivot/raise pressure foot when needle is inside appliqué shape/circle. This will create an odd stitch and not a consistent appliqué stitch. Keep foot down and take another stitch until needle position is on outside of appliqué shape/circle as shown above.

Step 6: Optional Quilting. I chose to free motion meander around the Appliqué Circle Shapes.

Step 7: Finish pillow with preferred method. 

I love to use a Zipper to finish my pillows as it looks  clean and professional plus it is easy to remove the pillow cover for washing or changing of seasonal decor. 

 

I have two free tutorial methods on Zipper Installation for Pillows.

 

Spooky Fun - Circle Appliqué Pillow (front and back)

 

 

 

 

 

Are you going to use Seasonal Fabric or Everyday Fabric for your Circle Appliqué Pillow?



Be sure to follow me on Instagram @ABitofScrapStuff and on my A Bit of Scrap Stuff Blog for more fabric fun!

Have a great day and happy sewing / quilting! 


Melanie Call

 

 

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Reviews


Tako
Beautiful
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

cpindzola
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.
Txmaid
Fun Great Gift!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

MargieARK
Teatime Quilted Tablecloth
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.
MickelSews
Great Machine
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.
rvstan
S9 Review
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.
pjmnana
PJMNana
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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