As a child, I remember loving to cut out paper snowflakes. It was a fun project for us to do in school once Winter started arriving. The cool thing was then hanging them all over the classroom and seeing all the different snowflakes that were hanging on the walls and the ceiling. As I grew older I kind of forgot about them until I got married and being strapped for cash our first year I made ornaments for the tree instead of buying them. Back then, Heat n Bond like fusible’s was not even available, or if they were I did not know about them. Instead, I used my sewing machine to stitch the 2 wrong sides together. When you do this technique by sewing machine, you cut your square, and then mark your square in about 1 to 1 1/2-inch increments as a square, then stitch around each of the squares. Depending on the size of the square you cut in the first place, you could have as many as six lines or two or three lines. The cool part is that you had that stitching there which became part of the design. With this technique today you don’t have to use that option, but you could add decorative stitching to your snowflake and we’ll talk about that in the tutorial.
- Heat-n-Bond – Heavy or Lite (use the heavy if you don’t want to use your sewing machine also, use the light if you would like to use your sewing machine. Do not use heavy HNB on your sewing machine. It will gum up your need and possibly break it also)
- Scraps of fabric cut in squares from 3-inches to 6-inches. You can go larger if you’re hanging your snowflakes from the window, but I tend to stick to 4 and 6-inch squares. You need 2 pieces of the same sized square for each snowflake.
- A really good pair of scissors. It needs to be able to cut right on the point (end) of your scissors. Do not use cheap scissors on this project and rotary cutters are not good to use other than cutting your squares.
- Sewing Machine (Optional)
- Thread (Optional)
Cut all your squares. Then cut your HNB.. if you want a slightly frayed edge to your snowflakes down the road, cut your HNB about 1/2-inch smaller than your square. In other words, if you cut a 6-inch square, cut your HNB at 5 1/2-inches. You need 2 squares of fabric and 1 square of HNB.
Now, something fun you can do is to add “inserts” to your snowflakes, so you have a 2 color effect. Use a piece of felt, felted wool, burlap, suede, leather, etc… that you like and cut your square at 1-inch larger than your snowflake square. Do not cut any HNB for the insert square, instead cut 2 squares of HNB for your snowflake square. Burlap is a really fun fabric to use in these snowflakes as inserts as it has a natural fraying to it and it makes for a really cool look to your snowflake. I was totally out of burlap when I made my samples, so I used felt in my samples, but had I had the burlap I would have used it. Burlap is also a very cheap fabric to purchase. It comes in various weights and it doesn’t matter if you use a heavy or lightweight burlap.
The blue fabric in the image is my felt, the white is my HNB. I used lightweight HNB for this tutorial.
Using an ironing sheet for fusibles. Place your square with the HNB on top and the fabric right side towards the ironing sheet.
I like to do two at a time.
Iron it down using the heat instructions on the paper HNB gives you when you buy the yardage.
Allow the paper and fabric to cool. You can burn yourself if you try to take the paper off while it’s hot, so please allow the paper to cool. While you’re waiting, you can iron other squares you are doing also.
If you’re doing the insert technique, you’ll need to iron HNB to both squares on the wrong side. Do not iron HNB onto the insert square.
Once you’re finished removing the paper, line up your squares and press right sides together. If your doing a simple snowflake, it’s your 2 squares, ironed wrong sides together.
Do the other side, lining it up. You can tell how well it’s lined up if you bend the insert fabric over slightly to the edge of your snowflake fabric, if your fabrics are aligned with the bend, you can then iron the other side on to the insert.
Square up any edges that may have HNB on the edge at this point
As we get into the folding part of this tutorial, let me strongly urge you to try folding and cutting first on paper to test ways to cut, or even with the weight. With the HNB in the inside of the fabric, it will start to get pretty heavy, especially if you add the inserts to your snowflakes.
I used an iron to help me keep the folds in place.
At this point I liked the size of this, but many of the tutorials on the web, show a 6-point snowflake folder. This is very hard to achieve, I tried it on 3 snowflakes and gave up because the thickness is very difficult to cut thru, so give this some thought when your trying out those 6-point snowflakes. I’d recommend you don’t use the inserts if you do the 6-pointed snowflakes.
You can then start cutting. If you have used an insert, cut adown into the snowflake fabric also. You can even try folding your triangle once more and clipping all the sides so they have the same cut.
Do not make a cut from side to side, you’ll cut your snowflake in half if you do.
Last, let’s chat about stitching on your sewing machine. Once you’re done with your snowflakes, find a fun decorative stitch and stitch around the fabric areas of your snowflake. It adds a bit of spark to your snowflake and a little bit of dimension. Do not do this if you used Heat N Bond Ultra Hold.
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