Yesterday I showed you how to hoop a butterfly applique to make a decorative hanging frame: Butterfly Hoop with Frill and today I wanted to follow up with another idea which I found to be much easier.
From the first experience of working with these hoops, I definitely learned a thing or two. For one, allow a bit more seam allowance when testing a theory!
For my second hoop, I decided to trim leaving a good inch. But before I did any trimming, I decided that I would quilt down the background around the butterfly. A simple stipple is all that is needed, but you could use anything including straight quilting or echo quilting just to name a few. I echoed the butterfly a couple of times first then stippled outside it. This really made the butterfly pop.
I placed the hoop over the butterfly so it was central and drew a circle about 1 inch outside it.
Then I trimmed it back to almost the drawn circle, flipped it over and positioned the hoop once again.
From here, I could neaten the edges by using bias binding to cover them, but I decided to gather them raw - to reduce bulk. I used a double gathering stitch just in case the first snapped when I pulled it up through all those thicknesses. I made sure the gathers were evenly dispersed around the hoop as I pulled them in.
Once gathered I knotted off the thread ends. I love the simplicity of this hoop. It looks like a tile and I can easily imagine three of these hanging in a row either horizontal or vertical.
To finish off the back, I added a small hanging hook and cut a round circle of card which I hot glued to the back to cover the gathers - this will also prevent those gathers from slipping loose.
So here is a list of what you'll need to create this wonderful simple gift:
- Blue Butterfly or Purple Butterfly pattern or other small design
- Small amounts of cotton fabric for applique (of your color choice)
- 8"-10" background fabric, backing fabric, and batting
- Machine embroidery threads to match your applique fabrics
- Quilting thread
- 6" or 8" hoop
- Small hook for hanging
- Piece of card to cover the backs
- Hot glue gun to attach card and hook on back
So which do you like best? The purple or the blue butterfly?
I think I'll pull out some of my flower blocks and make those into frames too. I'll need a larger hoop for those.