Thursday, December 1, 2016

Scrappy Corded Centerpiece Tutorial

     Recently I decided to dig into my HUGE "bowlie strip" bucket and make myself a centerpiece for my kitchenette table. It turned out great and I LOVE it!!! I also decided to do a tutorial on how I made that you can make one for yourself. :0)

 Pull out colors of 1/2 inch strips of fabrics. You can make this color coordinated if you all yellow and blue, ....or red, white, and blue....or Christmas colors. Me, I like scrappy. So...I just randomly pulled from my 1/2 inch strip basket. And you will need a CLOTHESLINE. Like in the picture above. It needs to be soft like fabric NOT hard like plastic. Or your machine will hate you....and you will need a glue stick.

You need to grab a glue stick and a variegated thread. A variegated thread works best on a scrappy project. If you are doing a Color themed project you may want to choose differently.
Now lets Begin..... Take one strip, your glue stick, and the end of the cord and place them in your hand like the picture. Place a dab of glue on the tip of the cord. Now fold the right side of fabric over the cord and tuck it around the cord. Then bring the top of the fabric down onto the cord.
It should look like this when you are done. Essentially all you are doing is wrapping the end of the cord so it doesn't show in the project. 
Now from will glue a little ...wrap a little....glue a little.... wrap a little.... The object here is to NOT see the cord. So you don't need to wrap it so close that it will take forever...but don't wrap it so far apart that every time the cord can see white cord.
I usually get myself a very good amount going before I start. This allows the glue to dry. And it allows me to keep working longer and not stopping to wrap as well.
 Here is a picture of me wrapping my first color. I only put glue for about 2 inches then wrap about 6 inches.....then glue 2 inches and wrap about 6 to 8 inches again. So, glue is NOT all the way down on the cord. But when I lay this cord down... nothing moves because things have been glued.
 Adding the next color strip - The Left photo is BAD a big NO-NO!!!! Do not add your next strip straight on like that. Your strip will NOT wrap around the cord at all. Trust Me!!! LOL!!! 

The RIGHT photo is the correct way to add a new strip on an angle. Take your glue stick and dab the edge of the new strip of fabric before you add it. Then place it on top of the old color (overlapping) press it on. Then start wrapping again....glue...wrap....glue....wrap....glue....
and don't forget to glue at the end of each color strip...or fabric piece.

Okay...Lets SEW!!! 
We start by making a tiny tight coil.
This is the trickiest part of the whole project...cause now you have to get this little guy under the needle AND hang onto it...but it can be done. 

If you have to do a few practice passes...that is fine...I sure did!!! Just cut off the ugly. Re-wrap the end and start again. 
Set your machine up for a ZIG-ZAG stitch. Because you want to stitch into both sides of the cord that are touching. That is how this project stays together.

You are starting your ZIG-ZAG up where the Left fingernail is.

 This is where I have learned to find tools to help me. As you can see I have started my ZIG-ZAG...and I have a Purple Thing on one side and and plastic thing on the other because my fingers just can't get in there..... but these tools can. You just need them until the piece is big enough for you to get a hold of it.
And here we are with it much bigger. Now to explain the Photo. I am a Righty!! So, the LEFT PHOTO is how I also start my coils...I can't seem to start them any other way...Believe me I've tried!!! So, once my project gets to big....(as you can see at some point its going to hit the machine) I will stop...pull it out and fill it over and then continue stitching and my coil can now get as big as I want it to. Because I put the same thread in my bobbin ...I can flip my project and it will look the same on both sides.
I will leave about a 4-5 inch tail of fabric on the coil that is NOT sewn ....STOP...and start to wrap...and glue again.   In the above photo...this is really to close to get your hands in the and wrap around that cord. I will put about 10 colors before I start again. That the time I start to sew again.... the glue has dried at the top... and by the time I sew to the bottom it has dried.
Now to end your coil....
Cut off your cord. Have at least 6-8 inches on fabric left to wrap on the end.
Glue the edge of the coil and wrap the cord... and then continue the wrap into an even smaller wrap.
Until it is teeny tiny.
Press it up against the centerpiece and continue your ZIG-ZAG.
As it gets close to the tiny tip you created you will need to use a tool to help again. Your goal is to catch the tip in the stitches.
 Just like That!!!!
And BAM!!! You are done!!!  YEAH!!! And if you noticed ....if you put the same thread in your bobbin there is no difference from the top or the bottom.

Now that you have a cool AWESOME centerpiece. Why not my yourself some coasters?!!
Or, a Table runner...all you need to do is start with a long "U" center and work around that like you do this centerpiece.

 You can even do Purses, and Bowls.

This is a very fun project. When ever I cut into new yardage I always take a 1/2" cut to true up the edge... this strip goes straight into my "bowlie" basket (which is huge)

I hope you enjoyed this Tutorial... Have fun!!! 


Needled Mom said...

Lovely and thank you for the tutorial.

mebaker said...

Always love to see what you are up to and creating. LOVE the tutorial. Thank you! Best wishes for a Merry Christmas.

Lesley UK said...

What a wonderful idea. It looks like so much fun. I am definitely going to try this, but it will take me a while as I stitch everything by hand. I bought an all bells and whistles sewing machine more than 4 years ago, and I still haven't taken it out of its box. The guarantee ran out years ago, and I still don't know if it even works1 I'm just an English eccentric. (Or a mad old bird, as my kids call me) Still thank you. It opens up masses of possibilities , doesn't it? And I might even be tempted to get my machine out of its box....if I can remember where I put it.

Lesley Gilbert said...

Love your fabric colours and a great idea to use variegated thread. I've wanted to try making one of these for a while now but it's finding the right clothes line. When I didn't need it I often saw it, but now I see either the thick plastic type or expensive rope :( I'll find the right one some day and looking forward to having a go :)

Nancy said...

This is scrap happy! I love making these, and really love the bowls that form when you tip up the piece and continue sewing. Fun stuff.

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