What goes together better than Cuddle® and kids? Not much, but throw in Sew Together Tuesday, and you’ve got a can’t-beat combination!
This week our National Educator Teresa Coates will be tackling one of our biggest projects to-date in a special three-day Sew Together Tuesday tutorial — how to sew our “My Lambie” children’s playmat.
This popular kit finishes approximately 27” by 35” and includes all the Cuddle® fabrics you’ll need for the entire project, and it also includes the playmat pattern with instructions to make sewing a breeze.
So set a reminder on your calendar, and join Teresa for this can’t-miss three-day tutorial!
Suggested Notions and Fabrics for Making the “My Lambie” Cuddle® Playmat
These products can be substituted for whatever you have on hand, but here is what Teresa recommends for her “My Lambie” playmat sewing tutorial.
- My Lambie Soft Cuddle® Kit Ivory (includes Luxe Cuddle® Llama White, Solid Cuddle® 3 Saltwater, Solid Cuddle® 3 Ivory, Solid Cuddle® 3 Beige and Solid Cuddle® 3 Ash fabrics for the top and backing)
- 40” x 60” piece of batting — Quilters Dream
- Polyester fiberfil — Fairfield
- 90/14 Stretch needle — SCHMETZ
- Basting spray — ODIF 505
- Craft knife — OLFA
- Double-sided fusible web — Pellon
- Felt tip marker or ballpoint pen
- Hand sewing needle
- Long, flower head pins — Clover
- Micro-serrated scissors — Kai, Famore or Karen Kay Buckley
- Polyester thread — Mettler
- Rotary cutter and mat — OLFA
- Walking foot
Tips for Sewing the “My Lambie” Children’s Playmat
- Trace around each paper pattern piece with a ball point or felt tip pen on the wrong side of the fabric. Transfer markings to wrong side of fabric as you trace.
- Trace all pattern pieces before cutting.
- Cut the Llama Cuddle® from back with short scissors, running blade just under the knit backing. Cut backing only, avoiding the long fibers. After cutting around piece, gently pull apart, separating fibers.
- Use your walking foot or the even feed feature on your sewing machine.
- Use a 90/14 or 100/16 Stretch sewing needle.
- Use a pressing cloth or scrap of muslin to protect Cuddle® when pressing.
- Double-check to make sure you’ve caught the entire edge of the Upper Head.
- As you sew on the ears, you may want to use the hand- crank to sew through all the layers. Go slowly and work the fabrics through using a stiletto, if needed.
- Wonder Clips work great to hold the thick layers together and in place.
- Sew very slowly, using a stiletto as needed to help feed the fabric through the machine and keeping the fibers tucked inside.
Video: How to Make the “My Lambie” Children’s Playmat
Mark your calendar — as part of Sew Together Tuesday, Teresa will be going LIVE on the Shannon Fabrics Facebook page at 10 am PT on June 7, June 8 and June 9 to share her tips on how to sew sew our “My Lambie” children’s playmat with Cuddle® minky fabric.
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