Sunday, February 15, 2009

How to Make a Pretty Darn Quick Circle

Well, here goes with the instructions for how to make those sweet little circles.
Supplies: Contrasting fabric, freezer paper, circle cutter (scrapbooking style), glue stick, scissors, iron.

First cut the freezer paper into the size square you'd like. Note Added Feb. 24: It is best to use "quilt shop" freezer paper not the kind from the grocery store. I used C.Jenkins Freezer Paper Sheets about $6.95 for 50. It worked perfectly!
Use the circle cutter and cut the exact middle out of the freezer paper, dull side up.

You know have a square piece of freezer paper with a hole cut out.
Place it onto a piece of fabric the exact size. (In my case 71/2 inches)

Press with iron gently. The shiny side of the freezer paper will adhere.
Now, snip about a 1/2 inch away from the freezer paper and trim all the way around the circle. Don't cut much smaller, you'll need this to make a nice turn soon.You need to cut this inner circle into little chunks cutting close but not into the freezer paper, about 1/4 inch apart.

Once you have cut all the little chunks all the way around, use your glue stick and go 1/4 of the way around the circle at a time on the freezer paper just at the edge.

Now, just push those little chunks over the edge of the freezer paper firmly.

Now you have made your outer border!

Go around the chunky edge with the glue stick and don't get it too much onto the freezer paper.
Center it onto the contrasting fabric and run your finger around and press it down.

Now, press it down with the iron.

Next part of this lesson on the next blog installment!

1 comment:

  1. I love the circles! You make me want to make a quilt of circles! I might just have to give it a try...