A couple of weeks ago I was approached by the good folks at Craftsy to review one of their new fabric lines. Of course you know I said YES! Who doesn’t want to play with fabric? The bundle that arrived was Boundless Solids Crayon Box 6” Strips. It was packaged quite prettily, lol, but didn’t stay that way long. I needed to see how it felt and draped. Have to say I was very impressed. The thread count is quite nice. Closely woven and it passed the “Cookie Test”. What? You don’t have a cookie test? That is where you hold the fabric in front of your face and look through it towards the cookie jar. If you can spy which kid is snitching cookies and how many they have in their hand, you toss the fabric out! This test also allows you to smell the fabric as you are so up close and personal with it. I was amazed that these strips had NO smell! So many times I have to pre wash fabrics before I can stand working with them. They were cut with a pinking blade so there were no threads hanging or ravels to worry about. The drape was soft and inviting! No starch or sizing type feel. I was very pleasantly surprised. Enough sniffing, peeking and petting. It was time to start sewing! Of course the pattern chosen was applique. A scaled down version of Tattered Garden to become placemats for the little table. The bright colors were perfect for this. I traced my templates onto fusible then ironed it to the strips and began cutting out flowers.
Anxious to see if there would be fraying once the cutting
began. None! My cut edges held together wonderfully! After a day or so I had a
table full of beautiful primary colored flowers. My new concern was would the
fusible adhere to the fabric and would it stay in place while stitching? Anyone
who has machine appliqued knows the frustration of fabrics that have been
treated and will not hold to the fusible. I shouldn’t have worried. The
Boundless flowers behaved just as intended. It took a couple of weeks to finish
up the placemats. Coasters are still in the works.
You can purchase this fabric bundle from Craftsy here - http://tinyurl.com/gu55jrn The pattern I used, Tattered Garden, can be found in my Craftsy Store.
It is a free pattern. http://tinyurl.com/zzc6wzl