How to Make Sunflower Wooly Mug Rugs | A Shabby Fabrics Sewing Tutorial

How to Make Sunflower Wooly Mug Rugs | A Shabby Fabrics Sewing Tutorial

Jen: Hi, it’s Jen and Tammy back with a Wooly Mug Rug for August. I love my sunflowers!
Tammy: I do too Jen: There’s just something happy about some flowers.
Tammy: I love them; my favorite flower. Jen: We chose it for the August, both for the Woolly Mug Rug and the Table Glitz, which is behind us. Separate video; separate program. But both are a lot of fun and if you’ve been following along with the Wooly Mug Rug you already know. Be sure to go to the Shabby Fabrics home page. Click on the link to download the diagram and you’re looking for the Wooly Mug Rug for August, it’s the sunflower and you’ll be needing your black fabric. Of course, we have kits as usual, thread sets that Tammy very carefully puts together. She’s got some exciting stitches and I have not actually seen her do this. Tammy: That’s true you haven’t! Jen: I purposefully stayed out of the sewing room so I would be surprised. I know Casey helped you pick this stitch and I said ‘don’t show it to me!” I am excited to see it too! But just like before, when you download your two pages of your diagrams, for your black you’ll be cutting one of the circles using the fusible webbing, and you’ll also cut one with a freezer paper.
Tammy: That’s right.
Jen: The one we’ll be stitching on will be the freezer paper Tammy: That’s this one.
Jen: so put the one with the fusible webbing off to the side like we’ve done before right here. If you will be using the – whether you’re using freezer paper or you’re going to be using the – lost my my wording here – freeze paper – It’s just so nice to have a Lightbox so that when you put your diagram onto your light box whether you’re using fusible webbing, which is what I have here, or if you don’t like fusible webbing and you want to use your freezer paper, either way it’s just so nice to have that illuminated. You’ve seen us use this in so many of our videos. It is an investment, but you’re gonna use it over and over again.
Tammy: over and over I love it.
Jen: And it saves you from squinting. squinting. Tammy: It does, and you can work at night. Jen: Yes, I remember when I was younger. I used to tape it up to the patio and then when the sun went down, I was done. So, just like before, we’re gonna trace out your sunflower and we did it two layers. We did a really pretty – Is that a–?
Tammy: it’s a Houndstooth
Jen: a Houndstooth in the back and I think this was a nice hand-dyed. They’re both hand-dyed, they’re beautiful. So you’ve got two layers of that. So you’ll trace that two times, get that cut out – whether you’re using our kit fabrics, or maybe your own wool, get those taken care of as well as your center and your ladybug and their head and you’re going to put those down to the background as you normally would and that’s when Tammy takes over with all her amazing stitches. So… Your up miss Tammy.
Tammy: Ready? Okay, here we go, alright. Jen: They know how to get this down to the background we just want to know all your super cool stitches. Tammy: This is fun. Alright, so for the petals, we wanted a stitch that just kind of rounded slightly to the petals, So Casey and I chose a Stem Stitch and I’m gonna show you an easy way to do the Stem Stitch. I like the Stem Stitch. It’s a common stitch you’ve probably heard of it before. Sometimes it’s hard to follow if you don’t actually have a line to follow, So if you’re just trying to do a Stem Stitch — Jen: out in the open? Tammy: I would definitely put a line. Yeah. Yeah, if you’re doing like a stem on a flower you want to put a line there —
Jen: versus winging it?
Tammy :– so you have something to follow. Yeah, mine look a little wonky when I don’t have follow something. Jen: Gosh, this is the variegated you’re going to use?
Tammy: Yes, I’m going to use this size 5 Pearl Cotton, so it’s a little bit heavier than that 8, that 8 is pretty fine so we chose the 5 and it is variegated, and this stitch is found in this Sue Spargo Creative Stitching Book. This is the second edition and it is found on page 82. Jen:And if you’ve seen our videos before, you know this is an incredible resource. I mean every single page is full color. Tammy’s gonna show you the stitch, if you want further detail be able to look at that. I like a book, you know what I mean? It’s such an incredible reference. Just pick that up be able to stitch anything with that.
Tammy: Okay. So here we go, so I’m gonna bring my needle and the one thing I want to mention is I am using a Milner size 1(one). This is a heavier thread, you’re gonna want a bigger needle with this. Just buy big needles. Don’t try and do this with your small chenille needles. This thread is not gonna play nice with you if you don’t and you’re not gonna be happy, so definitely, especially with the dazzle thread and that bigger Eleganza You’re gonna want a Milner’s needle and they’re big needles, big eyes, so they’re easy to thread.
Jen: and I know that even when I have a big needle that thread, because it has all these colors and everything’s wound together, It’s sometimes splays apart. I love this Needle Threader.
Tammy: This needle threader is beautiful. We use this all the time the Clover Embroidery Needle Threader. It’ll go right into the eye of your needle and you have a large space. Jen: Let’s show that one. Let’s actually un-thread that. This is one of the — I struggle. You know, I’m not wearing glasses, I’m in that phase.
Tammy: That’s right. It goes right in and you guys can see how big the opening is. Now to put my thread through, I mean you can do this, you can do this.
Jen: Oh, oh, no guys. This was not planned. But here we are. I don’t have my glasses on. Let’s see if I can get it through the main part. Tammy: Oh, yeah, there you go in. Oh, yeah, you’re in there you’re in and now pull it through just like that. It’s so quick and easy.
Jen: I don’t even need to find my glasses! That’s fantastic. So, I love that part. It’s meant for these beefier needles.
Tammy: It is meant for the bigger needles. Alright, so I’m gonna bring my needle to the front of my work, tight in this little valley, right where the brown and the gold meet, so I’m going to use the edge of this petal as my guide. Alright, I bring my thread to the front. Now a Stem Stitch you want it to roll towards the petal, so I’m going to keep my thread under at all times, so I’m going to keep my thread down. I’m going to come over a quarter-of-an-inch and I’m gonna back stitch that at an eighth-of-an-inch, so I’m coming over a quarter and back an eighth.
Jen: Okay, halfway back. Tammy: Yeah, halfway back, and my thread is looping to the bottom. Pull your thread back and now I’m going to come over a little bit and I’m gonna –
Jen: – quarter and you go back your half. Or your half of that which is an eighth.
Tammy: Yeah, not a half.
Jen: A lot of math going on here! Tammy: A lot of math! It gets confusing. So I’m gonna come right back to where that other stitch — the end of my other stitch so that the stitches meet. Okay, So I want them to meet and you’re just gonna stitch right along. Always keep your thread to the bottom. You don’t want to loop your thread to the top. You want it on the bottom so that your — See how I’m just moving that thread like that and it just rolls that stitch. See how quick this is? Jen: And I love that variegation. This is one of my favorite things about these variegated threads. It’s also a variable variegation, meaning it’s not at this predictable interval where you’re seeing every 5 or 7 inches there’s this transition. It changes.
Tammy: Right, it changes. This changes up. That’s right. Yeah, you can look at where we’ve stitched
and you have a lot of yellow, a little gold and yellow, and then you have gold yellow and a lot of gold! Jen: I like that.
Tammy: Yeah, I like that too. Alright, so this is a stem stitch and this is quick and easy. I always keep my needle working on the top of my work. I don’t do the Stab-and-stitch method where you stab it down and then try to find your way back up — Jen: I’ve noticed that you rock it and you rock it back.
Tammy: I always rock my needle back, always. It’s so much faster to stitch and I can keep my thread right where I can keep an eye on it. Jen: The other thing too that I notice about these needles is when I’ve used weaker needles and I do that rocking, I’ve actually bent needles. I don’t think you could bend this needle. Tammy: I don’t — well, I don’t think you could it’s a pretty stout needle. It’s a stout needle. Jen: Okay, so that’s out Stem Stitch! Tammy: We got creative with center here. This stitch we wanted to do something fun in the middle not just a little Chain Stitch — a detached Chain Stitch. This is an Oyster Stitch Jen: Okay. I’ve not seen this before.
Tammy: I had not seen this either. We pulled this out of the book We’re like, let’s try this and Casey and I were playing with thread. Okay. So an Oyster Stitch is gonna be on page 182. All right, so I’m gonna come up — and I just did this randomly on here. I didn’t draw a circle or a pattern, just do it randomly. All right, so you’re gonna come to the top, all right, we’re gonna move our working thread a little bit here, I’m going to come over an eighth and go in and I’m going to come out a quarter of an inch ahead. So I’m an eighth of an inch over and I’m a quarter of an inch ahead. Now I’m gonna take this thread and I’m gonna wrap it counterclockwise, and I know you have to think about that for a second. It’s to the left and Pull it through Look at the head it makes this little twisty loop right here, okay. Now I’m going to hang on to this with my thumb, put the thread on top. I’m gonna take the back of my needle and I’m gonna put it through the left leg of my loop and pull it through. What this has done is it has now brought my thread back to the bottom. I’m gonna put my thread in at the bottom again and out at the very top and I’m gonna go around it counterclockwise again. And this time it looks like a little Chain Stitch that just loops right on top, right around that rosette. Isn’t that cool? And I take a little stitch at the end to finish that off. and it knotted up a little bit let me get that knot out of there. Jen: You know, I should have got that thread conditioner.
Tammy: We got it, right here.
Jen: Yeah, and that’s what’s can happen sometimes, is the thread just kind of knots itself. I don’t know how it does it, I just know it does it.
Tammy: it does do it.
Jen: That’s why these thread conditioners really help keep that down.
Tammy: This is Thread Magic that we’re using. Yeah, I also only work with about 18 inches of thread. If you work with a lot more you’re asking for trouble. You’re gonna get a mess, you’re just gonna have a mess. Okay, so let’s do one more cuz that was kind of fun. Let’s do it again. Do it again. That’s what I always tell my girls. That looks beautiful, do it again. Okay, so my working thread is here. I’m gonna go an eighth over and ahead by quarter. Don’t pull your needle through. Wrap it counterclockwise. Now pull your needle through. Okay, it makes a little loop, a twisted loop.
Jen: Now you turned it like almost 180 degrees? Tammy: I turned it over 180 so I can hang on to this top thread with my thumb. The back of my needle goes through my left leg of my stitch and I’m holding on to that. I don’t want to let that go or it’s all gonna come apart.
Jen: — 180 again? Tammy: Yep. Back around to right side up. And now I’m gonna go at the bottom, to the top, I’m gonna loop it and this just puts this chain stitch Right around now. Look at that. It just goes right around there and then to anchor the stitch, you just take your needle to the back. Jen: Isn’t that neat?
Tammy: Isn’t that fun?
Jen: Look at that! I mean, that’s like a Sunflower. It’s got those awesome — Tammy: Yeah, it’s got like seeds. Isn’t that fun?
Jen: Well, this is a really fun project. It’s beautiful for your house, it’s fun for a gift, and it’s fun to just learn the new stitches and once you start doing them you get the habit of it.
Tammy: You do a lot. We just did French knots on your ladybug and a back stitch and I did use a Frixion Pen just to draw my little line on him, just as a reference, and then I just did a backstitch and some French knots with my black thread that I used to go around this. and then you just seal the back of it with your — Jen: Yep, just bring that together once that’s done. Use your Wooly Pressing Mat and then use our iron and then we’re done. Tammy: Yep. Now we’re done.
Jen: Aw, thank youTammy, we’ll see you then for September! See you next time!

13 Replies to “How to Make Sunflower Wooly Mug Rugs | A Shabby Fabrics Sewing Tutorial”

  1. Hi everyone – sorry if I am being a bit slow LOL – I understand putting the fusible paper on the back of the backing, however where does the freezer paper come in? I noticed that the black front circle when turned over you could only see the wool so I am confused. I am sorry – menopausal brain hee hee, Thank you.

  2. Hi jen. Does ur shop carry candy material? M/M, starburst, bubble gum these are just examples. I'm working on a project and these types of materials. If u can recommend a website with this type of material I would appreciate it. Thank you . Can't wait to hear from you

  3. Hi everyone – I cannot seem to purchase the lovely thread you are using to hand sew these gorgeous mug rugs in England, could you recommend another possible thread I could use that is just as shiny a d effective. Many thanks Linda

  4. I jumped in on starting my wooly mug series this month and I have to say I am thoroughly loving this project.  
    Just a question though, what type of stitch are you using to appliqué the brown centre and the ladybug?
    Thanks so much for this series, I have been doing this with my teenage nieces who are learning so much!

  5. It has been so much fun learning to hand sew. I have never liked it and I'm learning to like it more. The only problem I have had that I am left handed and sometimes its real hard to try and work the needle the way your supposed to. Any suggestions would be very helpful!!

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