Tulle is great for more than just fluffy skirts! As decorator fabric, it makes a big impact for a little money.
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But, truly, this is the very tulle I used!
Here is a link to her blog The Lost Apron. If is full of tips and projects for Moms and kids. She is also currently developing kits with projects to teach sewing. Stay tuned!
But, back to this fun pattern and some sewing help for how to wrangle a lot of tulle and deal with pressing those felt appliqués on a thin layer of tulle.
But, here is how I assembled it. Just go step by step and it isn't too bad. First prepare the top, it is backed with felt for support. Join all the panels for the skirt, run a machine gathering stitch, then gather and sewn to the assembled side piece.
To keep it clean while sewing, I keep the bulk of it in a large box on the floor next to my machine and just rotate the part that I'm sewing back into the box while pulling out the next section.
Tulle can be filled with static and all sorts of stuff (thread, small scraps, dust, etc) gets stuck to it. Spraying it with Static Guard is also a good idea. It will keep the tulle from sticking to you and everything else.
One more tip I want to pass along is how to work with the iron on felt appliqués. I recommend using Heat'n Bond. The desired shapes are first traced on the paper backing, second the paper backing is ironed on to the felt then the shapes can be cut out, felt and paper together, after it cools off.
Peel the paper backing off. This exposes the heat activated adhesive.
Don't even think about trying to bring the table cover to your ironing board. An ironing board is not large enough to properly arrange all those butterflies and it would be very, very frustrating because those pieces would keep shifting. I simply moved my little portable ironing board from butterfly to butterfly pressing as I went.
Hope you all have festive and happy parties and celebrations ... cheers!