Since it's the big topic of conversation this week, I had to make the sun the star of this show. Are you ready for the big eclipse? Do you have your NASA-approved darker than dark glasses? The number of people that are predicted to be on the roads over the next week has me planning to stay home and craft. If you're with me, this cheerful guy is the perfect project!
To make this you'll need:
- 6" embroidery hoop
- yellow fabric
- orange fabric
- fusible interfacing
- embroidery floss
- Stitch Witchery or Wonder Under
- this pattern for the face
Cut a piece of the yellow fabric about 12 x 12". Fuse the same size piece of interfacing to the back side.
Transfer the face pattern onto the center of the yellow fabric using your favorite method. Mine is to trace the paper pattern from the back with a transfer pen and iron it on.
Embroider the eyes, nose and mouth with black floss using a backstitch. You can put it into the hoop to make it easier. I decided to paint mine yellow and it was still wet while I did this step.
You'll notice in this photo I didn't go all the way to the ends of the mouth. I forgot to adjust the pattern for the cheeks before starting, but I've done so now, so you'll embroider yours all the way to the ends.
Trace the two cheeks on the Stitch Witchery paper. Cut them out loosely and iron them onto the back of orange fabric.
Cut them out along the lines and peel off the backing. A little trick you can use if you have trouble getting the paper to come up is to fold the piece in half with the paper out, and then hold it between your fingers like you're ripping a piece of paper and tear it in the middle, just a little. You should be able to start removing it from that tear. Works for me every time.
Iron the cheeks onto their appropriate spots on the face.
I added a little embroidered straight stitch just inside the edge, using a variegated orange floss.
Now about those prairie points. If you're not familiar, they're a decorative element used in quilting. They're typically made by folding squares into a triangle shape then lining them up. It's difficult to get the spacing just right and it takes forever. However, I'm going to share with you a MUCH easier way to make them.
Cut the orange fabric across the width (usually around 42") in a 6" wide strip. You'll have extra points left over. I had about 22" worth, but if you adjust be sure to guess high. It's easier to remove than to add.
Fold it in half with the wrong sides together and press the fold. Starting on one side, cut in exactly to the fold at 3" intervals. Be precise, it matters here. Cut off any excess that doesn't measure 3".
I used a rotary cutter to cut in most of the way, then finished the last fraction of an inch with my scissors to make sure I didn't cut through the fold.
Turn the fabric around to the other side. This time, make the first cut 1 1/2" from the edge, cutting exactly to the fold again. Cut at the fold and remove this end piece. From there, cut at 3" intervals, cutting out the last 1 1/2" at the end.
You may have noticed that between the cuts and fold you've created a bunch of connected squares. Turn the fabric over so the wrong side is up. Along one side, fold each square in half diagonally and press.
Do the same on the other side, making sure to fold in the same direction.
See how all the folds face the same direction? The next step is to fold each in half diagonally again and press. Repeat this on the other side as well.
My poor ironing board cover. Anyway, fold the entire strip in half again along the original fold and press. All the points will be facing up.
You can either leave them alternating like this, or tuck each triangle into the next so they overlap.
Stitch close to the raw edge to hold everything in place.
Perfectly spaced prairie points! So many fun things that could be made with this but let's assemble that sun.
Insert the yellow fabric with the face into the embroidery hoop. Trip the excess down to about 1/2" and hot glue it to the inside of the hoop.
Working in small sections, hot glue the raw edge of the prairie points to the back of the hoop. They fight the curve a bit, so don't try to glue more than about one point at a time.
When you get close to where you started, clip off the excess and glue the end behind the first point.
The points want to fold toward the front, but you can pop each open for the 3D effect.
Want an eclipse preview? I gotcha.
Don't you feel like you were there? I hope the actual event lives up to it. It's going to be tough to top. 🌞