The second block up in the Cozy Christmas Sew Along is a Gingerbread House. However, my house is more like a cozy cottage on a gingerbread background.
If you are using the quick-fuse applique method (raw edge applique) you will need to patch the house. To do this cut:
- one 5½” x 3” rectangle of roof fabric
- one 5½” x 3½”rectangle of house fabric
- one 5½” length of ½” ribbon or rick-rack
Next you will need to trace B4 and B15 together as one piece onto the paper side of the fusible web and mark the roof-line on the house tracing. Fuse this B4/B15 tracing to the WRONG side of the house patch matching the traced roof-line with the stitched seam.
|You will also need a 2" length of bias binding for the window box|
(see last week's tips for a cheat for this).
To turn this sweet Cozy Cottage into a sweet little mug rug I added the Birdhouse Sidebars from my One Block Mug Rugs book to either side of the Cozy Cottage block.
I added a redbreast to each of the little sidebar birds to turn them into Winter robins - sweet eh?
This is easy to do by drawing a redbreast onto the bird templates and using them as the templates. This would also work well on the slightly
larger birds in my Summer Birdhouse mug rug pattern.
|Little Robin Redbreast|
I love the smoke spirals created using the template provided with the free Cozy Christmas Pattern (details here).
And there you have it – week two of the Cozy Christmas sew-along - one Cozy Cottage mug rug.