How to Make Schoolhouse Wooly Mug Rugs | A Shabby Fabrics Sewing Tutorial
How to Make Schoolhouse Wooly Mug Rugs | A Shabby Fabrics Sewing Tutorial

Hi it’s Jen and Tammy back with a Wooly
Mug Rug for September. Course there’s apples and schoolhouses so, Casey designed the cutest project that incorporated both. We have a cute little schoolhouse,
our apple tree, and of course we had to put a few apples on the ground for the “Apples don’t fall too far from the tree” just for the fun of it. Had a great time with that. If you are
new to the Wooly Mug Rug Series, this started several months ago, you might
want to go back to our very first video which was, was that a February? Tammy: Yes, so the video was in January, the project was February hearts.
Jen: We have more details always in the beginning of a series, so be sure to subscribe to our YouTube
channel. We’re coming out with projects like this, we’ve got the Table Glitz,
which is behind us for September, that’s been a fun series. People are really
loving that to decorate their table each month of the year. So you can always
subscribe. On our homepage if you go to the Downloads, which is at the very very
bottom, click on Free Download, you’ll be able to download the Schoolhouse Wooly Mug Rug and then, again, yeah just subscribe to the YouTube channel so you’re the first to know when we have new and fun projects for you to do. Of course
there’s a kit available, there’s also a thread set. We are making the black
separate because that’s for stitching around the edge and we know you don’t
need that over and over again.
Tammy: you don’t need 12 blacks.
Jen: No! I’m sure you’ll use it
eventually, but probably don’t need all of that. So that’s a separate purchase. Tammy will be going over the threads more a little bit later but once you get your Wooly Mug Rug diagrams downloaded, just like we’ve done before, you’ll have
fusible webbing and you also have freezer paper. And you will want
to trace your circle on one on each of those and iron that to the back of your
wool and cut out on the line. So I have one here and that’s the fusible, one here
that’s the freezer paper, and we make sure that we’re doing our appliqué on
the one that has the freezer paper.
Tammy: that’s correct.
Jen: We don’t want to be going through the fusible webbing because it’s
just another layer of the thread to have to get through.
Tammy: Exactly, so it’s nice and
soft when you’re stitching. Jen: Yep. So we’re gonna peel off
that freezer paper and the thing that’s nice about freezer paper is you can use
this again and again. Of course the fusible is a one-time shot but you
really don’t need to trace this month-over-month just save it. So if you
are doing the series you can just bring that forward, it’s one less thing to do. So once we have that ready to go we’re going to be using our reverse for
fusible diagram if you’re going to be doing fusible appliqué. Some of you might not want to be doing fusible webbing, some people don’t like fusible webbing,
in that instance you would just be using this to trace your shapes. We went
ahead of course and did use the fusible webbing. I like it it’s down. It’s not moving while you’re stitching it, and so you’ll just same process using your fusible web
trace around each of the shapes, pick your favorite wool if you’re using
your own stash, of course our kit will have the exact wool that you’re seeing
here. Iron everything down to the background. I know we drew some lines for the windowpanes, and you can just kind of freeform where you want the
apples. But now this is where you get to show us the fun part this is —
because I wanted something fun to represent the apple.
Tammy: It looks like an apple.
Jen: Yes, show us what you did.
Tammy: Okay so I started with the Razzle thread, this is
Razzle, this thread tends to be a bit squirrely, so to tame that thread down I
use Thread Magic and I simply open this up, I put my thread in, I just run it
through. And you can feel — see how straight it is now? It took that
wave out of that thread.
Jen: Let me do that! And these last forever. I mean these — I think you
have — you probably could go for this Tammy: We’ve been using that for a long time,
Jen: I would say almost a year. I know what you’re talking about it kind of takes the twist
out of it, because naturally thread is wound fairly tight around these spools
and it naturally is gonna have a twist. Tammy: It just comes off and it’s squirrely.
Jen: So it tends to kind of just keep it less likely to be knotted. Tammy: Yes exactly. Threading this thread can be a challenge because it does tend to fray at the end. I like the
Clover Needle Threader.
Jen: I love that needle threader!
Tammy: I’m gonna use those
Sue Spargo’s Milliner’s Size 1. I love these needles because they are so
easy to thread. See how it’s all twisting apart there?
We’re gonna put it in, you see how big your eye is now, and we’re just
gonna stick this in here like this and draw it through. Just that quick.
Jen: Well that’s a no-brainer, I mean that’s just so now. Tammy: Right away you’ve got it threaded. Okay, I love this needle threader. Okay, so, we are gonna be doing a Chinese knot, okay, and if you have the Creative Stitching Book, that’s fantastic, you can follow
along with us. We are on page 56 for the Chinese Knot. This is an amazing book, we love this book.
Jen: Well I love, like if you haven’t seen before — or even if you
have seen, I just give credit here to Sue for putting together just such a
comprehensive variety of stitches. To be honest with you, until I was really
introduced to and met Sue, I knew my back stitch, I knew my French Knots, my Lazy Daisy, it was basically on one hand. And so thanks to Sue and to you for demonstrating these, I now have two hands and I’m taking my shoes off.
So it’s a great book to have. Tammy: It’s a wonderful book.
Jen: It will obviously extend well beyond the Wooly Mug Rug Series and it’s just nice to have when you want
to add a beautiful stitch.
Tammy: That’s right, that’s right.
Jen: And everything’s full-color.
Tammy: Exactly. Okay so to begin a Chinese Knot, we are going to come up from the back
and I’m gonna put an apple right here. So I’m gonna make a loop .To make a loop I’m gonna hold my thread in my left hand, I’m gonna take my needle and pass it behind
the thread you see — whoops did you see that? — Don’t let go or you can remake your loop — there’s
my loop. Okay now I’m gonna take my needle and I’m gonna put it right back
down right where I came up, I’m gonna put it through a little bit, now I’m gonna
take my loop and I’m just gonna adjust it because I don’t want an apple that
big, I just want a little loop for an apple. I just adjust it down and pull through. Jen: That’s cool! And guys I
purposely don’t let Tammy show me her stitches before hand so I am
totally seeing this with you for the first time.
Tammy: Okay so let’s do it again. So we come up and I’m gonna take my thread, I’m gonna hold it with my left
hand, I’m gonna take my needle and pass it behind my thread and make my loop
— maybe, don’t let go your loop —
Jen: So I see you have to have like a little twist in
it huh?
Tammy: There is a little twist so your threads here, needle goes behind.
Let’s do it like this then you guys can see that better, okay? And then I’m gonna take — there’s my loop, okay? I’m gonna take my needle and it goes straight back
down right where I came up, I’m gonna poke my needle in a little bit, I’m gonna hold
my thumb there, and I’m just gonna start adjusting my loop so it looks like an
apple and then I’m gonna pull it through. Just like that.
Jen: That is so cute!
Tammy: Isn’t it cute? I love that. It looks a little apple.
Jen: That is precious! And so the rest of the shapes
are basically, is it a Whipstitch? Tammy: Yes, yes, and we just used the wool threads from this kit. I just usee a little chenille needle like this, with your wool thread, and we just whipstitch all this down so that it hangs on to it. I also use the Dazzle thread. I love this thread.
Jen: That’s this one.
Tammy: Isn’t that beautiful? Jen: If it’s got glitter —
Tammy: I’m using it —
Jen: I’m probably buying it! Tammy: I’m using it, yep. This one we just did our simple Chain Stitch. I love that chain stitched outline, it just looks so beautiful on
there. So you’re just going to come up. Jen: Oh wow, it is pretty how it just frames that door.
Tammy: It does, it frames the door. Your thread goes to the right and I’m gonna go right back where I started,
up, you’re gonna wrap counter-clockwise, and right through. Done. See that little
chain stitch we made? See now to get ’em to link together, I’m just going to go
back down in the loop and back up, wrap my thread counter-clockwise, and pull it
through.Ta-da! See that? And it just chains them right together all the way down. When you’re ready to end the stitch just take it to the back
and tie off. Okay so once you get all your embellishing done on here you are
gonna take your free — your, not your freezer paper, excuse me, your fusible web, and then we’re gonna open this up Jen: I know what’s coming
Tammy: You know it’s coming get that iron ready, yeah alright take this off here and we’re gonna put this on and we are
going to use a wool pressing mat. This is a Wooly Pressing Mat we have. This little
8-and-a-half-inch size is perfect for sitting right beside my machine or right
in my stitching area. It doesn’t take up a lot of space, so it’s just nice
to have. It’s small enough and it’s perfect for this project. I would flip this
upside down so that the wool — this Wooly Mat is gonna absorb this wool so it doesn’t crush it, right? We don’t want to crush. Like that and we give it a
good press.
Jen: We’ll just give it a good press, and of course I’m not going to now because we have a lot more stitching to do. But you get the idea. Tammy: That’s right, yes ,and then we’ll do a blanket stitch around the outside with your black thread to finish it.
Jen: Wow so cute. I know people are enjoying that. If you enjoyed learning this today,
we’d love to get some feedback from you, and be sure to join us for the Wooly Mug
for October. We’ll see you then! Tammy: What was that?
Jen: What’s he doing? Are we going?
Tammy: No, he’s still moving the camera around. Jen: Teacher! She’s picking — she’s breathing on me!
Tammy: What?! Want to trade places yet? Jen: Folks, we’re gonna start a new program at Shabby Fabrics…
*Both Laugh*

11 thoughts on “How to Make Schoolhouse Wooly Mug Rugs | A Shabby Fabrics Sewing Tutorial”

  1. Sue Nuckles says:

    The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, but, sometimes the nut doesn't fall too far from the tree either.

  2. Bridget White says:

    Very nice.

  3. Deborah Fitzer says:

    Y'all are just too funny! Such fun to watch and I love this mug rug design!

  4. Barbara M says:

    Did you use the lazy daisy stitch only on the door. I wish your patterns would say what stitches go where. Love the videos!

  5. Lisa Swetz says:

    Miss Tammy, LOVE YOUR HAIR!! You got it goin' on!!!

  6. Paula Filipowich says:

    Thank you for the free patterns. I love the placemats. I do the wooly designs. Many blessings to you

  7. Mom Grandma says:

    So adoring the apples and the school bell.

  8. Laurie Eggleston says:

    Oh my goodness that is so cute! I adore your tutorials and just loved the little "out take" at the end! Have a wonderful day!

  9. Ana Maria Maurilio Ribeiro says:

    Muito bonito.

  10. Ana Maria Maurilio Ribeiro says:

    Eu queria um colocador de unhas desse

  11. Ana Maria Maurilio Ribeiro says:


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