Hello and welcome!

It’s Julia from Inflorescence Designs! I’m so joyful you are visiting today. This week is all about BERRIES!

Fun Fact: Did you know that the berries that typically come to people’s minds first, like the strawberry and raspberry are not actual berries at all (in the botanical sense).  In fact, some botanical berries include watermelon, banana, kiwi, and grapes! Blueberries are actual berries, so we at least have that going for us.  You can freshen up your knowledge HERE.

For today’s project, I decided to use both botanical berries and what most people think of as berries, which we call culinary berries, for my inspiration.

The idea for today’s project actually happened when my children and some neighborhood kids were over having frozen ice pops.  One of the children said their hands were cold and they wish they had something to cover where they held their tasty treat.  If my life were in animation, you would have seen a lightbulb go off over my head.  I knew what I needed to make!

Fabric Ice Pop Holders with Liquid Vinyl

Beginner sewing pattern!

Supplies:

Supplies are for ONE ice pop holder

** This supply is really important so that your fabric will easily move under the presser foot of the sewing machine. However, if you have a “non-stick” presser foot this supply might not be necessary

Begin by…

Cutting your quilting cotton to 5 1/4″ x 6 1/4″.  Next, prepare your workspace before you begin to use the liquid vinyl.  You will want to paint your fabric on either a piece of pressing paper, parchment paper or silicone craft mat.   I use several items including an old plastic cutting board and some of those foam floor puzzle blocks.

There are three ways to use the HeatnBond Liquid Vinyl gel coating:

  • One coat: Fabric is water and stain-resistant
  • Two coats: Fabric is waterproof and stain-resistant
  • Three coats: Waterproof and stain-resistant with a semi-gloss oilcloth finish.

For this project, I used three coats.  I wanted an oilcloth finish.

Note: Since these ice pop holders will be exposed to condensation due to the melting ice pop, the holders do get wet.  These ice pop holders are helpful to keep little hands a bit warmer as well as, and the oilcloth finish helps make clean-up easier!

Continue by…

Following the instructions on the liquid vinyl for application.

  1. Use the paintbrush to apply a light coat of HeatnBond Liquid Vinyl on the front of the cotton.
  2. Let dry for 30-45 minutes.
  3. Preheat iron to medium heat, no steam.
  4. Place fabric on top of parchment paper on a firm, protected surface (not an ironing board) and cover with HeatnBond Pressing Paper or a non-stick pressing sheet. Press for 45 seconds, moving the iron slightly. Let cool.
  5. Repeat Steps 1-4 to apply additional coats of Liquid Vinyl, pressing after each coat.

Once all three layers have been applied you will need to trim and cut your fabric and stabilizer.

  1. Trim the fabric to 5″ x 6″.  We started with a slightly larger size because sometimes the fabric can shrink after putting 3 coats of vinyl on it.
  2. Cut the fabric down to (2) 2 1/2″ x 6″ strips.
  3. Cut 1/2″ x 20″ of wash-away stabilizer.

Next…

Cut 2 pieces of stabilizer the width of the 2 fabric pieces or about 2 1/2″ long.  Align with the top edge of your fabric and either zig-zag or serge the edge.  Do this to both pieces.

Next, layer both fabric pieces wrong sides together.  Using a straight stitch and the wash-away stabilizer, stitch 1/4″ around the remaining three sides.

Next…

Trim away the three sides with the straight stitch with pinking shears to reduce any possible fraying.

Finally…

Wash the stabilizer off with warm water and let dry.

FINISHED!

Thank you for following along with me today! I hope you enjoyed my “Ice Pop Holder” tutorial.  Come back soon to see what else will be starting to bloom with Inflorescence Designs!

Find a FULL YouTube tutorial HERE!

Starting to bloom by choosing JOY ~ Julia

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