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HALLOWEEN OUTDOOR FLAG...with an “OOPSIE”!
Friday, 11 September 2020 22:33

 halloween flag finished

Who is ready to bring on the cooler weather...

by gearing up for some seriously cute Halloween ideas?

And let's face it...

if you're not having fun with your embroidery...

then you're definitely missing the point!

I decided I needed an outdoor Halloween Flag...

to officially kick off the season

and since most of us have those adorable garden flag holders in our yards...

it's a WIN...WIN situation!

First...let me start off by sharing the fact that this project involves 2 separate hoopings...

but NO worries...I have broken it down to simplify the process!

I wanted a Halloween Appliqued image AND our Family name on the flag too...

and in order to use the size I wanted, I had to separate the hoopings.

The possibilities are endless...

with the large selection of Super Cute Halloween Applique designs and Fabulous Fonts.

Let's get started...

I found these adorable Orange Placemats...

with Spiders and their webs all over them at my local TJ Maxx...

I couldn't have planned it any better if I tried!

Using a placemat gives you the extra body you may want for your outdoor flag...

and they are usually NOT see thru either...which I really like!

I wanted the family name to show up really well...

so I added a piece of 3” wide Black grosgrain ribbon across the bottom to actually stitch the name onto.

I placed the bottom of the ribbon 2” from the bottom of the placemat...

I actually sewed the ribbon onto the placemat first...

then set it up on my largest Fast Frame (the 8x12 Bag Frame).

frame ready for name on ribbon

As you can see...the ribbon extends the width of the placemat itself...

so I can fold it over to the backside and stitch it in place after I am finished with all the embroidery work. 

As you can see in the above picture...I have used the bottom edge of my frame to line up the bottom of the placemat...which ensures that I have it on there straight!  I love doing flat items like this...

simply because I know for sure my frame is straight and using the edge is the best possible solution!

I have used a combination of the Smoothie Shop, Quirky Girl and Sunny Beach Fonts

for my personalization on the ribbon, and YES...

I used a piece of WSS across the top...

I really feel like it helps the stitches look extra nice...especially on grosgrain ribbon! 

Plus having the grosgrain ribbon sewn onto the top of the placemat first,

gave it some extra added stabilization during the stitch out.

PS...there is sticky stabilizer on my frame

and I used a combination of my two sizes of Wonder Clips by Clover

(I bet you didn't know these little gems came in more than one size...actually there are THREE sizes!)

Here she goes...stitching out all the Fabulous Font Work...

You just gotta LOVE them bunches!

halloween placemat flag name stitching

But WAIT...

OOOOPS!

Houston...we have a Problem!

Do you know what it is?

I have another little sister...her name is Michelle...

she's holds a degree in Journalism...

and quite frankly she knows every single rule to the English Language...

I mean...

EVERY...SINGLE...RULE!

Her head is spinning right off her shoulders right now...

because I used an apostrophe between the N and the S on the name...

Apparently...you are NOT suppose to!

Yes...my little sister quoted the “grammar rule” that pertained to this issue...

but she lost me at the beginning...so I can't remember!

But, I ask you...

doesn't the Lime Green apostrophe look so darn cute as it POPS off the ribbon?  LOL!

I had a dilemma to overcome...

should I “keep it real”, embrace my grammar mistake, and continue on with this adorable placemat...

OR

Should I scrap it and start over?

Now that's a silly question!

Besides my little sister and possibly a few “others”...

no one will even realize that this little pesky apostrophe isn't really suppose to be there after all!

I'm OK with it...How about you?

So I moved on...

and loaded my placemat for the second hooping!

frame ready for halloween applique

 Basically I moved the placemat down onto my Fast Frame...

so the bottom hung off the edge and I could put the Halloween applique above the ribbon

(this time I used my FULL 8x8 Frame). 

I am using the Spider Witch Patch (in the 8x8 size)...

and placed the BOTTOM of the design 1.5 inches above the top of the ribbon.

I used sticky stabilizer on the the frame itself and then fused a pieced of No Show Mesh to the backside of the placemat to give it more stability over time (this sized applique has over 15,000 stitches)

     Here she goes...

halloween placemat applique on machine

This time I used my Red Clover Clippies to give the placemat an extra added “hold” onto the frame!

Gracious Alive...this Applique is simply the BEST!

When all the embroidery work is done, I removed it from the frame...

Press it really well...

using a pressing cloth or even a piece of paper towel, to cover the stitching and the ribbon. 

Do NOT iron directly onto the ribbon itself...it will melt and get all weird!

Then I needed to make a casing to run the flag holder through across the top...

so I folded down the top of the placemat about 1.5 inches and sewed a seam across to “make the casing”. 

So simple!

OMG...I LOVE it bunches!

How about YOU?

halloween flag finished'

I gotta run...

My little sister Michelle, is calling me...

Guess what she has to say?

LOL...I am just keepin' it real here...

And I'm having FUN in the process!

Happy Halloween!

Kathleen

TOOLS OF THE TRADE...

-Spider Witch Patch Applique Design (www.BabyKaysAppliques.com)

-Smoothie Shop Font (for “The” in 1” size) (www.BabyKaysAppliques.com)

-Quirky Girl Font (for “Bowens” in 2” size) (www.BabyKaysAppliques.com)

-Sunny Beach Font (I used the comma in the 2” size as an “Apostrophe”...if you want too!)(www.BabyKaysAppliques.clom)

-Fast Frames (I used both the Bag Size 8x12 AND the Full 8x8 inch size)

-Fusible No Show Mesh Cutaway Stabilizer (I used Floriani Brand)

-Perfect Stick Stabilizer (I used Floriani Brand)

-WSS (off Brand)

-Heat and Bond Lite Fusible (Hobby Lobby, Joann's, Walmart and On Line)

-Clover Wonder Clips (Hobby Lobby, Joann's, Amazon and Quilt Shops)

-Placemat for Flag itself (TJ Maxx)

-3” wide Grosgrain Ribbon (Hobby Lobby)

-Fabric...Purple with Black Dots (Hobby Lobby) Black Swirl (Joann's) Black with White Dots (Moda Dot Essentials) Green (Batik unknown) White (unknown)

-Thread-Exquisite Brand...Purple #390-Orange #650-Apple Green #988-Black #020 and White #010

-Water Soluble Pen for Marking Center of design

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