Week 2 of our Splendid Snowmen Sew Along is upon us. How did your first week go? I have to admit, sewing all the little advent pieces is where I always lose patience- so let’s all give ourselves a pat on the back for getting those out of the way!
This week we’re going to work on steps 3-5 in the pattern, which includes marking our pocket placement and appliqueing the center design (don’t worry, if you use buttons for the snowmen, there are only 8 applique pieces this week- not 24!)
Marking Pocket Placement
Nothing too complicated here, we just need to mark our background fabric to be sure we know where to place our snowmen, trees and ground. I know it’s tempting to skip some of the ‘marking’ steps- but I’d really suggest marking your fabric on this one! If you don’t already have a removable marking pen, I’d definitely suggest a Frixion pen to get started.
Making Snowmen, Trees and Ground Pieces
After last week, you’re a pro at applique. This week is basically the same old story. This week we’ll be working with some larger pieces, and instead of ironing our pieces onto a background of felt we’ll be ironing onto our sky fabric. Let’s take a look at what those changes mean.
Finishing Snowmen, Trees and Ground Pieces
Now it’s time to sew those applique pieces in place! Traditionally a blanket stitch is used for this step, but you can use a variety of stitches. On my design, the stitch used on the tree is a blanket stitch. I used a nice, tight zigzag stitch on the ground piece because the fabric I used has a bigger weave and frays more easily than normal quilting cotton. Zigzags are great for holding in fraying threads. You can use just about any stitch you like for your design. Something as simple as a straight stitch looks great. So does using a different decorative stitch on each item. The style is up to you- pick what you love!
Time Saving Technique #1: Using buttons for the snowmen makes the appliqueing go a bit faster, (sewing those little eyes can get a bit fussy) but you can applique their eyes and buttons with fabric or felt if you prefer. I found some cute round black buttons at my local Joann Fabrics that made great eyes, and I had a blast raiding my button stash for their other, colorful buttons. The pattern calls for specific sizes here, but you can feel free to change those sizes a bit. Just make sure you’ll still be able to put their clothes on over the top when the time comes!
Here’s how your center design should look at the end of this week’s assignment! (*note* I sewed on my buttons a little early to show you how they’ll look in place of the applique pieces, HOWEVER- you might want to hold off on sewing on your buttons until AFTER you quilt your advent. )
Extra Credit: If you know next week will be busy, go ahead and cut out your pocket pieces and prepare them for marking (Steps 6 & 7)