Honeybee Cloths - Sewing supplies for busy bees - free patterns - easy  to sew pre-cuts. Pretty cotton prints - fresh cut off the bolt, patterns & notions.

Sewing supplies for busy bees - free patterns - easy to sew pre-cuts - Pretty cotton prints - fresh cut off the bolt - patterns & notions.

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In previous months we've sewn neat little rows of beach huts and seaside bunting. So this month we're setting sail on

the bluest of blue seas, with a friendly little whale for company. Both the whale and boat have been sewn - appliqued

onto background cloth. The techniques used to make the block in the photos were:


      Fusible applique / raw edge applique ideal for lots of little shapes which have pointed corners, like the boat in our    

      block - it's very quick and easy too! Once shapes have been ironed onto the backing, simply machine round the edges


     Handsewn or needle-turn applique - once your freezer paper template is prepared and ironed onto the cloth,

      handsewn applique can be done practically anywhere, even while sitting in the sun!


There's a number of other applique techniques too, including starch and basting glue, the sailing boat and whale templates can also be used for these methods also.


For the Plain sailing block you’ll need:

10cm x 92cm (36") "Waves" print or similar

15cm x 92cm (36") "In the Sea" or similar

1 Fat Eighth (25cm x 50cm) of plain white cotton

1 button approx 1cm wide  (brown, grey or black)


For the needleturn applique method you'll also need a piece of Freezer paper.

For the fusible raw edge applique - a piece of bondaweb, approx A4 size.


Preparing the background

Pin together, the "Waves" print and "In the Sea" print, right sides together. Check both strips are the right way up, so the peaks of the waves point upwards and the seahorses are the right way up. Sew strips together using 1/4" seam allowance.


Handsewn or Needle-turn applique

Freezer paper has lots more uses than it's name implies. You can cut it to shape, iron onto applique fabric, to provides a guide as to where to sew, and the rigidity of the paper makes it easier to work with small floppy pieces of applique, keeping them flat.


Print out whale template for needle-turn applique here


To make the template, trace the outline of the whale onto the dull side of freezer paper and cut out [photos 1 and 2]

Preparing to sew - Iron the freezer paper template, smooth waxy side down, so it sticks to the right side of the fabric.

Cut the fabric larger than the template, allowing an extra 1/4" all the way round [photo 3]

Use a sharp pair of scissors to make a snip into the corners, either side of the flipper and between the tail fins, only snip up to the freezer paper template.

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Place the whale about 20cm from the left hand edge of the backing. Position the whale so the whales tummy sits on top of the seam joining the backings. Pin template / fabric to the background [photo 4].


Working from the back of the whale fabric, insert needle, so it  appears on at the very edge of the paper template.

Turn under a small section of the ¼” allowance, so it’s parallel to the edge of the freezer paper template.


Hold in place, against backing fabric and secure with a stitch through the backing. Continue, making small slip-stitches that secure the applique to the backing.

You're whale is almost done! Simply sew a small button for the eye and your there!




Fusible applique or raw-edge applique


1. Print out the “Plain sailing” pattern for Fusible applique here (.pdf file) The pattern is a mirror image of the pattern used for the Needleturn applique.


2. Place the bondaweb smooth side up, on top of the pattern, and trace around the outline of the boat, sails and flag.


3. Place bondaweb rough side down on the plain white fabric. Press for 10 seconds with a hot iron, until the bondaweb sticks to the fabric.


TIP: Place a clean tea towel underneath, and on top of bondaweb to prevent the bondaweb from sticking to the iron or ironing board.















3. Carefully cut out the sails, boat and flag following the outline drawn on the bondaweb.


To make the mast cut a strip of bondaweb fused fabric 14cm x 5mm.


4. Peel off the paper backing and position the boat, sails, flag and mast on the backing. Place the boat approx 15cm from right hand edge of backing.


Iron each piece one at a time (much easier than trying to do in one go!)


5. Press for 10 seconds with a hot iron, until the bondaweb sticks to the fabric.  


6. Machine sew pieces to backing, using either straight stitch or button hole stitch.


Happy sewing x


Fusible applique Boat close up