Well I can't spend all my time working on the studio, I do have to work in it too! So today you're getting a (horn sound) tu-tu-tu-tut on achieving the perfect folded edge on a circle!! My Lollipop quilt is in the works and my amazing friend Kath of Material Obsession has made me the happiest woman alive with this little trick! I am really so easy to please. Kath is way too busy being an amazing quilter to take the time to blog this, so I'm doing it for her. I know its not the most complex concept, but in my entire lifelong of sewing this one has escaped me somehow! So have a seat at the sewing circle pals!
*1* Determine the diameter of your circle, draw it onto posterboard and cut it out. Then cut your fabric larger than the circle by about 1/2 an inch all the way around. Good news, the fabric circle doesn't have to be cut perfectly. BUT the poster circle does.
*2* Lay down a modest length of foil, then your fabric circle right side down, then your poster circle centered in the middle.
*3* Fold the foil towards the center of the circle all the way around, letting the fabric fold in tightly with it. Smooth the edges of the circle with your fingers to get out any bumps.
*4* Now press the the foil down all along the outer edges with your iron on a med-high setting.
*5* Turnover and repeat until you've gone all the way around.
*6* The foil edges will be hot, so fan yourself from the excitement and say 'super circles are simple' six times.
*7* Now in happy jiffy-pop mode, peel back the foil and remove (you could use the same foil once or twice more).
*8* Gently pull out the poster circle from the newly creased fabric circle.
*9* Now turn it over and just look at it and feel happy!
Now you can machine stitch, hand stitch, or applique your circles onto whatever you please!! This also would work well for other shapes, ovals, leaves, flowers, etc. Now go tell Kath how cool she is.
OH! And Happy Birthday Mommy! You love nothing if not perfection in sewing, so this tutorial is hereby dedicated to you. Although you probably already knew how to do this and didn't tell me yet. Or likely you told me but I wasn't listening. I love you.