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Folk Art Needle Case

Cotton prints mixed with wools, delicate beads, and a careful choice of threads give a needle case a vintage flair. Stitch around the appliqués with contrasting thread and the flowers may appear whimsical; matching thread may yield a more romantic, traditional look. Cotton fabrics are from the Sachet Potpourri line by Faye Burgos for Marcus Fabrics.

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Cut pieces in the following order.

Click on "Download this Project" for full-size appliqué patterns.

To felt your own wool, machine-wash it in a hot-water-wash, cool-rinse cycle with a small amount of detergent; machine-dry on high heat and steam-press. To use fusible web for appliquéing pieces, complete the following steps.

1.  Lay fusible web, paper side up, over patterns. Use a pencil to trace each pattern the number of times indicated in cutting instructions, leaving 1/2" between tracings. Cut out each fusible-web shape roughly 1/4" outside traced lines.

2.  Following manufacturer’s instructions, press fusible-web shapes onto wrong sides of designated fabrics; let cool. Cut out fabric shapes on drawn lines. Peel off paper backings.

From multicolor floral, cut:
1—6-1/2x11" lining rectangle
1 of Pattern A

From tan wool, cut:
1—6-1/2x11" rectangle

From pink wool, cut:
1—5-1/2x6" rectangle, trimming each edge with pinking shears
12 of Pattern E (or use 1/4" hole punch to punch twelve 1/4" wool circles)

From blue wool, cut:
17 of Pattern E (or use 1/4" hole punch to punch seventeen 1/4" wool circles)

From pink, blue, brown, and cream prints and florals, cut:
1 each of patterns B, C, D, I, J, M, N, Q, and R
3 of Pattern K
2 of Pattern 0

From green wool, cut:
3 each of patterns F and G

From light green wool, cut:
1 each of patterns H, L, and P

From batting, cut:
1—6-1/2x11" rectangle

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