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I Squid You Not - Octopus Are So Much Fun

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I am so super duper excited to be joining in with the Summer Fun Blog Series at Naptime Creations.  WOHOOOO!

I have really gotten into embellishment in the last year of my sewing.  It all started with my love of top stitching, which grew into a passion for free motion applique and rounded out with a squeal-worthy obsession with Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV).  So as I thought of fun summer sewing projects, my brain instantly went to HTV.

So HERE is a fun Freebie for those of you with cutting machines ;o)  But if you don't have a cutting machine, don't think I've left you out.  The link will give you multiple file formats including a PDF.  And today, I'm going to give a little tutorial for making a Free Motion Stitching Octopus with button details!  I'm using my go-to shirt pattern, the EBTKS Henley for my two boys to show you both versions.  Enjoy!

First print out the design.  You can make the scaling bigger or smaller before you print, the given size will work up to about a kids size 5/6 t-shirt or a standard tote bag.


Now transfer the design to the right side of your fabric - I cut mine out and traced around it for this project, but you can also use transfer paper, a light box, or any other method of transferring the design. (*you could also make this a Free Motion Applique by cutting the design out of another fabric - see a great tutorial for FMA HERE)

Adhere fabric stabilizer to the wrong side of your fabric behind the design.  

With the feed dogs of your machine down, your free motion foot attached, and your machine set to the 'free motion stitching' setting (if it has one); stitch along the line of your design.  I stitched with both white and black thread to give more dimension to my little guy. (Remember, there is no right or wrong when it comes to FMS, go with it and have fun!)

Now pick out some fun buttons and stitch them in place along the tentacles and where the eye is.

Voila - a fun project worthy of 8 hugs.

And some more shots of the HTV Octopus - they come in 2 sizes in the file.  Bex helped decide exactly where he wanted his new friends to go on his shirt.  Getting your kids involved in the project guaranties that it will get worn, this is his new favorite by far!

Don't miss out on any of the fun today in the Summer Fun Tour!

Large Pick Up Sticks and Summer fun #5 on Nap-Time Creations.com No Churn Peanut Butter Ice Cream - My Suburban Kitchen I Squid You Not Shirts - Winter Wear Designs Backyard Bowling - We are Far From Normal Paper Plate Jellyfish- About a Mom Large Pick Up Sticks - Nap-Time Creations Head over to Nap-Time Creations/Summer Fun to see all the posts in the series.


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