June 2017 – Month 3 – 11 Pipers Piping
- I used the same method to make my hexagons and bag pipes as I did the drums. Instructions below in 12 Drummers.
- The image I used for bag pipes can be found here. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Great_Highlands_Bagpipe_001.jpg?uselang=en-ca
- The commons.wikimedia.org site is great place to find copyright free images. Sometimes they request that you credit the author when using the image so check licensing information which is with the image.
- I used my printer to reduce the size of the image until it fit my hexagon. If you would like a copy of my appliqué pattern just let me know.
- I again used the freezer paper method to create my appliqué.
- I cut out the body of the bag pipe from my Christmas charm squares and used the Elmer’s washable school glue to stick it on to my hexagon.
- Then I cut the pipes out of felt. The 4 pipes are all one piece as I thought that would make it easier to manage. I glued the pipes on again using the glue.
- Finally I cut 3 contrasting rectangular felt pieces to cover where the pipes join the main bag pipe part and for the end of the bag and glued them in place.
- Once the glue was dry I was ready to use a decorative embroidery machine stitch to stitch the pieces in place.
- The next step was to add the beading and then finally I added some thick gold embroidery thread – doubling it – to mimic the cording on the bagpipe.
- Now you are ready to stitch your Piper hexagon on to your tree to join your Drummer hexagon and French Hen hexagon.
- If you are making the tree made entirely of hexagons you will need to make 11 of these hexagons and then stitch them to the 12 drummers drumming. Centre your Pipers over the Drummers.
- If I can provide any further information just let me know.
May 2017 – Month 2 – 12 Drummers Drumming
- The hexagon size that I use has a finished side of 2.5″. At the widest measurement the finished hexagon is 5″. You may use any size that you prefer. See the links to hexagon templates below in this post.
- To make my hexagons I used a “Quilt As You Go” technique.
- I first cut the top fabric of the hexagon and the batting to the finished size.
- Layer the top hexagon right side up on top of the batting. Quilt as desired.
- I then cut a backing hexagon that has a 3″ side and is 6″ at the widest spot. Make your backing hexagon to fit the size of hexagon that you are using. I layered the quilted hexagon centred, right side up on top of the backing that has the right side down. I turned and ironed each backing side twice to create a finished binding edge on the top hexagon. Do the sides alternately so that the corners finish nicely. I used a decorative stitch with machine embroidery thread to sew down the seams and produce a nice finished edge.
- Now you are ready to make your drum to appliqué to your finished hexagon.
- Here is the drum. You can see the measurements marked on the photo. If you would like a photocopy of my drum just let me know.
- I used the freezer paper method to create my drum. Here is a video that demonstrates the technique. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ljl_O2aOT1M
- The top of my drum and the 2 bands are made of felt so I did not have to turn these edges. You could choose to do raw edge appliqué.
- I cut the middle section of the drum a little bit bigger so that it would go slightly underneath my bands and adhered it to my finished hexagon with the dab of a glue stick.
- I then cut the 2 bands and placed them just over the edges of the middle section and used a dab of glue to adhere them to drum.
- Finally I added the top of the drum and attached it with a dab of glue too.
- Then I stitched down all the edges using a decorative stitch and machine embroidery thread on my sewing machine.
- I then stitched the lacing between the bands using gold metallic embroidery thread. See photos for detail.
- I put decorative beads on top of my stitches. You could choose to use small buttons or ?
- Finally I added long bugle beads as the drum sticks with a small bead at one end and a larger bead at the other end. You could embroider the drum sticks if you do not want to use beads.
- The finished hexagon.
- I then placed the finished hexagon on my tree. As it is the 12 drummers I put it in the bottom right hand corner. I will add other smaller hexagons, etc to make up the 12 pieces. You can just add one or as many as you like.
- How to make a hexagon that has 12 pieces.
Tree Made Entirely of Hexagons
- If you have chosen to make a tree entirely of hexagons, make 12 of the drum hexagons and stitch them together.
Month 2 – Marlyn’s Tree – 12 Drummers Drumming
Caution: Always test the markers you plan to use on a sample of the fabric you intend to use for the ornament as some markers tend to bleed.
Trace the drummer and use as is or make a photocopy of the traced image and shrink or expand it on your printer.
Again, I encourage you to colour, embroider, appliqué in the style that best suits you.
For mine, I traced my paper image onto fabric using a Micron Pigma pen, size 05. You can use a pencil or whatever suits you.
I used fabric paints to colour the drummer (with the exception of the face, hands and hat), the bird, and part of the drum (the rim). I used Lumiere fabric paints which can be heat set. I used a colouring pencil for the face and hands because they are small. The hat strap, drum strap and eyes were done with the Pigma pen mentioned above. The pant stripe was done with a gold marker. The hat is simply a piece of batting glued and tacked on to provide some texture.
The bird’s features and feet were done with a fine marker pen.
Once all the painting was done and heat set, I hand embroidered the outline of the drummer’s clothes and
I used a wonderful gold, metallic embroidery thread too embroider the outline of the drum and drumsticks for some glitz.
Place your number 12 where you wish.
Instructions for Making Christmas Tree
We will be making a fabric Christmas Tree with the theme of “12 Days of Christmas”. The idea is to use your ideas to personalize our Christmas Trees.
There are 2 options for creating your Christmas Tree.
- Create a fabric Christmas Tree approximately 44″ x 50″ or smaller. Choose a tree size that will fit into your home. Add ornaments depicting the 12 days of Christmas. We are suggesting one large ornament for each day and then if you wish smaller ornaments to make up the number of ornaments for each day. This would result in 78 objects on the tree. If you choose to make the smaller tree you probably will only be able to add one ornament for each day.
- Create a tree made up entirely of 78 hexagons.
Ornaments on the Tree
- Each member of the BOM committee will be making different patterns and methods to create their ornaments. The instructions will be added to this web page.