I wanted to make something special for my granddaughter's first Easter. I found this cute applique bunny basket from Designs by Sick. I chose an off white with gold sparkles to do my designs on. First, put tear away stabilizer in your hoop. Then lay the fabric on top of the hoop. Do NOT put IN hoop as the sides will be cut away. I put in the 3d color called for to save extra thread changing. The first two colors are to set the fabric on the stabilizer and these stitches will be covered by the final satin stitch
Go ahead and start the design. Do ALL but the last two colors.
I used scraps of water soluble stabilizer (wss) to hold the fabric in place. I just wet my fingers and put a drop of water on the scrap piece of wss and put on the corners of the fabric. I smoothed the fabric in place. When it was time to cut away the excess fabric, this peeled off easily, like 2 sided tape or the gum on some labels.
You can also use a spray adhesive, but I didn't want that sticky stuff on my hoop. My aunt uses it and has no problem. I guess use what works best for you.
Before putting the hoop back on the machine, you need to fill the bobbin with the same color that you are doing the final satin stitch in. Then sew the next design (an outline stitch). Remove the hoop from the machine and cut around the fabric as close to the stitching as possible. Place back in the hoop and sew the final satin stitch. There is no need to change color: the design has to show a change of color in order for the machine to stop and allow you to remove the hoop. The last two stitch colors can both be your final satin stitch color.
When you take from the hoop, you can rip the pieces from the excess stabilizer. You may need to trim it, or if it doesn't tear easily you will need to trim it. Fray Check is great to use on the edges if you accidentally snip too close. Just put drops of this on the edge. To be totally safe, run this around each edge whether you think you've snipped too close or not. It is a nice precaution.
There are six different bunny designs to sew. Follow the same procedure for all of them. When you sew the bottom piece, keep your satin stitch color in the bobbin as well as on top of the machine. Sew the first 'color' to hold down the top piece of fabric. Cut it, put the bottom on and sew it down. Remove from the hoop and cut the extra away. Then return to the hoop to sew the final satin stitches.
On your regular sewing machine, using the same thread in the bobbin and on top, and using a zig-zag stitch, attach the sides across the bottom. If you notice, I turned my bottom piece upside down because I decided that I did not want the white fabric on the bottom of the basket. I just thought the purple (darker) would be better there.
Once all the side pieces are on, zig-zag the size pieces together. They do a have a little curve to them. Here I am starting at the top of the basket and sewing down. I then reverse and sew back up.
Here I put the bowl to the back and tried sewing from the bottom of the basket up to the top. It was a little easier to see this way, but I still preferred sewing from the top down to the bottom.
Here are some of the bunny details. I have shown the bottom and think it looks fine with the dark on the bottom. If I make another one, I will do both sides of the bottom piece with the inside basket fabric.
The pattern called for all silver gray rabbits. I used a beige on one rabbit, off white on a couple, the silver gray on a couple and one rabbit is pink. I changed many of the colors to pinks and purples for the baby.
The handle could have been a bit longer, but this will do.
And HERE is the completed basket!!