Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Stitch a Circle Stencil from StencilGirl

Maria here....

We had a free day here on the blog so I thought I'd show you something I finished recently. I used my Stitch a Circle stencil from StencilGirl to do some felt applique and beading.

I have seen AWESOME projects from Creative Team members Carolyn and Corrine with this stencil. HERE is one I also did with paint and the Gelli Plate on my blog.

When I designed this stencil I knew exactly what I had in mind for it--hence the name Stitch a Circle...BUT as you can see from the examples I showed you above it is SO much for than just for stitching!

How about a tutorial?
I started with a cheap burlap zippered bag that I bought at Hobby Lobby to stitch on.

I gathered my materials which included some 100% wool felt. I ironed  Steam and Seam to the back of the fabric. It is a double sided adhesive that will make one side like a sticky note until you iron it into place. PERFECT for small pieces like this. I flipped the stencil and traced the design onto the Steam and Seam.

**Note: stencil is blue because it was my sample of the stencil.

Next I cut out my pieces and laid them on the bag where I wanted them.

When I was happy, I ironed them into place.
I used a pen to mark all the little dots onto the bag through the stencil. 

This is where I did my beading.

My final step was to stitch around the pieces with a blanket stitch.

I have to tell you, I had so much fun making this project. Not just because it was my stencil and I saw my vision come to life but it was the PERFECT travel project. I have been traveling quite a bit lately and this was the best take along project. All my beads and thread fit right into the bag and I was ready to go!

If you get inspired with this project I would LOVE to see what you do!
See you next time!
Wishing you a 

 Happy Halloween!



EDIE from North Carolina

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  1. what a fantastic idea!! love it

  2. Maria, what a fabulous idea and a stunning little bag! Brilliant!

  3. WOW! Looks like a lot of work but well worth it. Way cool idea. :0)

  4. This is so absolutely gorgeous, Maria!
    I love that you are always coming up with new and wonderful ways to use stencils!!

  5. Now, see.. this is just amazing. I have no patience for those little beads. Thank god there are lovely artists like you who do. A great bag.

  6. WOW, how beautiful. it is just amazing what can be done with stencils

  7. That is just AWESOME! Congrats to Edie too...lucky girl.

  8. a lovely, crafty and clever use for our beautiful stencils! thanks for showing it, and congrats to edie!!

  9. You have been one busy girl!!! Fantastic project here, my friend!


  10. wow, I love this. It shows me a whole new way of looking at stencils. Thank you!

  11. Es una idea fantástica, me gusta mucho tu trabajo. Guau!!! Saludos!

  12. OK. That is totally cool. NOW I know why you are the Stencil Girl!! (I feel like I need to assume the Wayne and Garth position and start chanting... "We're not worthy!") lol Thank you SO much for taking the time to leave me a comment on Seth's blog!! ~rachel

  13. So glad to see it finished. It came out so GREAT. xox


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