Don't be afraid to cuddle!
That's what Toni Steere talked about at Prairie Point last Saturday. She gave us lots of tips for sewing with Shannon Cuddle® fabrics and Embrace® Double Gauze. We had great attendance - nearly 46 enthusiastic ladies - that filled up the classroom. Everyone received a bag with a few patterns, recipes, and a 5" Cuddle square packet to practice some of their new knowledge.
Toni began the class with some tips of sewing with the Cuddle fabrics (which are generically known as minky).
- Use a ball-point needle (also called a stretch or jersey needle)
- Use a walking foot, and pin the fabric well
- Vacuum your cuddle dust after cutting
- Reduce the pressure of your presser foot so that it is not pressing down too hard on your fabric. (Note: You may need to look up your machine manual for directions on this. Don't forget to change it back when you're finished sewing the Cuddle)
Strips of Cuddle can be sewn in rows, often with a quilt-as-you-go technique. Kits are very popular for this project, making it sew convenient to get a project started and finished.
"The Self-Binding Baby Blanket and Lovey" is one of the more popular projects right now. The pattern for it can be found on our website for you to download and print.
In the shop, we have lots of kits made especially for the self-binding blanket pattern. There are so many cute choices! You can choose one of our Cuddle and Embrace combinations, or pick out your own.
Some of the Cuddle textures we have are rose, arrows, chenille, hide, and others.
The Embrace® Double Gauze is a new trend in receiving blankets. It just gets softer and softer with each washing. It is preshrunk, but will crinkle up when washed and look nicer.
Embrace is used in the receiving blankets along with the Cuddle. Toni also showed us blankets made with two layers of double gauze put together with a soft Cuddle binding, and then a blanket/burp cloth of two layers of embrace with thin batting sandwiched in between. Bamboo batting is lovely for this. Use simple, minimal quilting to hold it all together, and finish it off with Cuddle binding.
And don’t forget to use Cuddle on the back of your quilt. It can be used in free-motion quilting on your own machine, or applied on a long-arm machine. Click here for tips on machine quilting with Cuddle.
There is so much to show and tell! We will continue to provide you with more tips and project ideas for Shannon Fabrics here at Prairie Point and offer some classes. Let us know what you would like us to carry in the shop.