I was traveling back from the Chattanooga show yesterday. I got to spend a couple extra days with my parents! Always a bonus! A day late, but not two tips short!!!
I’m working on a little project and needed a mug handle. Instead of paper piecing with loads of seams, I decided to use an old trick of using a bias strip of fabric and appliqué it on. (Technique is similar to sewing a bias stem!!). The curve of the handle was tricky to machine sew. So, I ended up hand sewing it on. The steps are listed below with photos. Bare in mind the section I am sewing it onto is only 1″ x 1 3/4″. That is TINY!
I cut a bias strip 1″ wide. Pressed it in half lengthwise. A funny camera angle makes it look like it is not in half.
I drew the handle curve onto the background fabric.
#2- I used a “Frixion” pin by Pilot. It irons out of most fabrics. Always test marking tools! I find the Frixion can leave a shadow where you marked.
The cut edges of the bias strip goes on the drawn line. Sew with 1/4″ seam. It was so small I couldn’t get to the curve to smooth it out. SO, I hand sewed and adjusted the curve.
Push the bias strip over the line of stitching and folded edge encases seam allowance.
Hand stitch (appliqué) in place.
Ta Da! A tiny handle!
#2 – Don’t be afraid to mix techniques! The appliqué handle was much easier than paper piecing the curve.