Saturday, August 15, 2009

Fun n Funky Fabric Leaves

To make these leaves - you will need the following:

-Green Fabric of choice – amount depends on the number of leaves you will be making – you will need 2 pieces the same size to make one leaf (any green fabric will work – I prefer a stripy green batik)
-Fusible Web of choice
-Green Thread to coordinate with your fabric
-Pattern for your leaf shape
Suggestions for patterns for your leaf shape – you can free hand cut your leaves if you want – but here are some other ideas for pattern shapes – clip art, children’s coloring books, cookie cutters, nature (use a leaf from a tree in your yard)

Step #1: Iron fusible web to wrong side of 1 piece of your green fabric – remove the paper and lay the 2nd piece of green fabric –wrong side to fusible – and iron – to make a 2 sided piece of fabric – you could use 2 different fabrics here as well if you want the underside of your leaf be a different color than the top side.
Step #2: Trace your leaf shape on the 2 sided fabric, Cut out just inside the lines.
Step #3: At this point you are ready to add the leaf veins by machine – if you want – start by doing an edge stitch around the entire leaf – not necessary but may be a nice element to the final design. Your choice.

Starting at the bottom of the leaf – on the side you consider the top stitch a line down the center of the leaf – this does not have to be perfectly straight – you can use a regular straight stitch – but I like to use a triple stitch for added vein detail. Stitch over this line 2-3 times until you feel the look of the vein is to your liking. Next (starting from the bottom again) add the side veins to your leaf – using the center line as your means of travel up the leaf – I usually only stitch the side veins 2 times… As you stitch you will see the leaf start to curl slightly – this is was a happy mistake when I made them the first time – but I love the over all affect.
Go to my Web Shots for a Photo Slide Show of the steps to make these leaves.


  1. Thanks for taking the time to do all this! Great tutorial and instructions. Wonderful slideshow! Belinda

  2. This is great! I'll have to try it. Thanks for the slideshow, too. Helps to see it.

    Barbara K