It is so fun to create little gifts with soft, cuddle fabrics. But let’s face it when sewing with those stretchy fabrics… we all tend to get a touch nervous.
Today’s tutorial will show you a few easy steps to make it easier and more enjoyable. ThermoWeb has products to make cuddle fabrics a cinch to sew a sweet bouquet of flowers for anyone.
Stuffed Cuddle Fabric Flower
by Carla from Creatin’ in the Sticks
finished size: 10″ x 11″
Stuffed Cuddle Fabric Flower Supplies
Print the FREE PDF pattern templates HERE: Stuffed Cuddle Fabric Flower Pattern
SpraynBond Basting Adhesive Fabric Spray
Soft Stretch Lite iron-on adhesive
StitchnSew Sew-In Fleece
Thread – Aurfil 50 wt, Iron (I love my Oliso Pro), Sewing Machine with a walking foot (This is a must-have when working with cuddle fabric), Permanent Marker, Chopstick, Fiberfill, sharp scissors, and other general sewing supplies.
1/3 yard of Minky cuddle fabric for flower
Scraps of fleece fabrics in yellow, white, red, and blue
Stuffed Cuddle Fabric Flower Sewing Instructions:
*All seams are stitched at 1/4″ unless stated otherwise.
Please read through the instructions before beginning the project.
Print the pattern. Place the flower pattern on folded StitchnSew Sew-In Fleece, pin, and cut 2 flowers.
Mark the “X” from the pattern onto the fleece with a permanent marker. This marks the top of the flower.
One way to sew with the stretchy cuddle fabric is to spray baste batting or fleece to the wrong side to keep the cuddle fabric from sliding and stretching out of shape. This will help with sewing this flower. Lay one StitchnSew Sew-In Fleece flower – “X” side down – on a piece of pressing paper (shiny side up). Spray the flower with SpraynBond Basting Adhesive Fabric Spray. The next step is to lay the StitchnSew Sew-In Fleece flower, “X” side up, on the wrong side of the pink cuddle fabric.
Repeat the process with the remaining StitchnSew Sew-In Fleece flower. Rub the flowers to make sure there are no wrinkles and cut around the flowers to make 2 fleece-backed Minky fabric flowers. Set them aside.
Cut one flower center from StitchnSew Sew-In Fleece and 1 flower center from yellow fleece fabric.
Use SpraynBond Basting Adhesive Fabric Spray to attach the StitchnSew Sew-In Fleece to the wrong side of the yellow fleece fabric center. Next, trace the eyes, pupils, and mouth to the paper side of the Soft Stretch Lite iron-on adhesive with a permanent marker to make the applique face pieces.
Fuse each piece to the wrong side of the fleece fabrics according to the package instructions. The eyes are white, the pupils are blue, and the mouth is red. Cut the pieces out and place them on the flower center as pictured. Place a piece of Pressing Paper over the top of the appliques and press with a dry iron set on high for 20 seconds.
Let cool. Finally, stitch around the applique pieces with matching thread and a zigzag, straight, or blanket stitch.
Spray SpraynBond Basting Adhesive Fabric Spray to the back of the flower center unit. Place the flower center in the middle of one of the pink Minky flowers using the picture below as your guide. Pay attention to the “X” that marks the top petal.
Stitch around the center circle with a zigzag, straight, or blanket stitch. The last step is to put the flower together and stuff it with fiberfill. Pin the front flower to the back flower with the wrong sides together matching the “X” markings.
Stitch around the petals 1/4″ from the edge. Leave the petal marked with an “X” open at the top for stuffing the flower.
Stuff the flower lightly with fiberfill using a chopstick to help stuff it into the petals. Pin the opening shut and stitch the opening closed 1/4″ from the edge, matching the previous stitching.
These are so fun to make and are so soft and cuddly. I hope they make you smile!