The pattern pieces will print for you in reverse, so when you print out the wings, cut them on the red line and place them right side down. Trace around them with an erasable marking tool according to the pattern instructions.
I used a frixion pen to trace my templates. This pen ‘erases’ when ironed. I’m not convinced that it erases permanently so I don’t typically use it ~ but it shows up great on my dark background block and it will be covered by my stitching ~ it’s perfect!
It’s important to mark your template numbers when you get to your patchwork. This will help you tremendously with placement…
When you are ready to applique the body you can use any method of choice. I used this no-melt template plastic to turn mine under before appliqueing it to the wings. If you want to try this method, trace the body onto the template plastic and cut out template shape.
Cut fabric about 1/8″ ~ 1/4″ larger with some notches along curves. Spray some starch or best press in a small container and wet edges of fabric with brush or q-tip.
Use the tip of your iron to press the fabric over the template…
Perfect curves and ready to applique!
This is one of the methods I love when I’m hand appliqueing tricky shapes ~ it makes the edges crisp and so easy to stitch! After your templates are all in place and you are ready to stitch your antennae, use the template to mark your placement.
I used dmc perle cotton to back stitch the antennae right on my line.
I hope you have fun with this block! It’s my new favorite!
If your machine has some fun stitches, this would be a perfect block to show them off!!