Earlier this week I posted a spooky sweet rag dolly that I made using the Skull & Crossbones Bigz die, and once again, this little pom pom pillow features the same set of bones along with a continuation of some of the tips and tricks I use for working with fabric die cuts. If you missed part one of the tutorial, simply scroll down or click here.
We left off here last time, with the step of attaching fabric appliques using Therm O Web Fabric Fuse glue. For larger die cuts that I’m planning on adding stitching to (like this skull), just small dots of glue are all you need to keep the pieces from shifting and moving around…
Fabric Fuse adhesive is also particularly helpful in attaching smaller, thinner, and more intricate appliques that would be rather difficult to sew around. If I’m using small pieces, like these die cut letters, I make sure to cover the entire surface of the back side with the glue, so that the appliques will be secure without the need for stitching. Just squeeze a continuous thin line of adhesive all over the applique. You can spread it out with your finger or a paintbrush, too.
The key is to be sure to get the whole applique tacked down, since there won’t be any stitching to hold things in place. If you missed any spots, you can lift the edges and add more glue. Once I had my finished design, I went back in with Picket Fence Distress paint to add detailing to the negative facial openings and the letters and bones. Stitching was added once everything was dry.
The lettering for this pillow was die cut from Therm O Web fleece using the Tim Holtz Bigz XL Cutout Lowercase Letters die. Additional o’s and the dot from the j die cut from olive and black felt were used to make the eyes. And for a final step, I dragged a Black Soot mini Distress ink pad over the edges of the bones to emphasize the design.
I hope you enjoy these quick and easy tips for using fabric with your dies. Have a great weekend, everyone, and thanks so much for stopping by!
The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:
Other: Indygo Junction Crossroads Denim, Wool Felt, Pom Pom Trim, Polyfill Fiber Stuffing