Stick Cover Extraction

Stick Cover Extraction Blog Post Spoonflower Strips WARM

So… you’d like to make a Carousel Style Hobby Horse using a Spoonflower Cut n Sew Design but the Stick Cover pieces are on a separate piece of fabric & you have no idea how to ‘extract’ the required Strips…right? Well it isn’t as complicated as it you might think! Follow this photo series to learn how…

In the Carousel Seasons Collection on Spoonflower there are several similar designs in different colourways, available as a Fat Quarter or a Full Yard with enough Strips to make extra Stick Covers for your next project! The same ‘extraction’ process applies to each design, simply choose your preferred colour and Yardage.

If using a Yard of fabric is a bit daunting select the option for a Fat Quarter.

 

Stick Cover Extraction Blog Post Spoonflower Strips WARM Fat Quarter

Fat Quarter of Spoonflower CAROUSEL Stick HORSE Strips WARM

 

Tip: A Fat Quarter of Organic Cotton Sateen CAROUSEL Stick HORSE Strips WARM fabric has been used for the following photo series.

 

Step 1: Place the purchased fabric on a suitable surface (table) ready for cutting out. You may need to iron it if there are any annoying creases.

 

Stick Cover Extraction Step 1

Amount of blank fabric around design may vary from that shown

 

Step 2: Using the chosen Seam Allowance (in this example the Blue ¼”) line as a guide, cut out the chosen Strips (in this example the Yellow ones).

 

Stick Cover Extraction Step 2

Cut so that the Red and Blue lines are visible

 

Stick Cover Extraction Step 2 ZOOM

Close up showing Red and Blue lines visible

 

Note: Here is a closer view that shows the narrow strip of ‘background’ colour between the blue lines. It was originally a dark purple on the ‘Proof’ fabric used for this Tutorial but it was a little hard to cut out as the purple and blue tended to merge or ‘shift’ so the Design file has been updated to include a green background that should be easier to use. Cut out to remove the narrow green strip of ‘background’ fabric.

 

Stick Cover Extraction Revised Fabric

Left: Proofed Fabric + Right: Revised Design

 

Step 3: The short ends of the Strips will be joined together then trimmed using the STICK Cover Pattern piece. To avoid possible fraying the edges can be overcast as shown in the next Step…

 

Stick Cover Extraction Step 3

Short ends almost ready to be joined

 

Step 4: To avoid possible fraying overcast the edges using a Machine Zigzag stitch.

 

Stick Cover Extraction Step 4

Overcast the edges to prevent fraying

 

Step 5: Making sure that the Silhouette Hobby Horse images are facing the correct direction pin the upper Strip on top of the lower Strip.

 

Stick Cover Extraction Step 5

Pin the upper Strip on top of the lower Strip

 

Step 6: Stitch the upper Strip to the lower Strip.

 

Stick Cover Extraction Step 6

Stitch the upper Strip to the lower Strip

 

Step 7: Place the STICK Cover Pattern piece beside the sewn Strips having the ends even as shown. In order to be able to ‘hide’ the join inside the Hobby Horse the other end of the joined Strips must be the one that is cut off!

 

Stick Cover Extraction Step 7

The other end of the joined Strips will be cut off

 

Step 8: Having the ends even pin the STICK Cover Pattern piece onto the sewn Strips ready for the excess fabric to be cut off!

 

Stick Cover Extraction Step 8

Pin the Pattern piece onto the sewn Strips

 

Step 9: Cut the excess fabric off!

 

Stick Cover Extraction Step 9

Cut off excess fabric

 

Step 10: Unpin the Stick Cover Pattern piece. Overcast the cut end so the fabric Strip is ready to be used in conjunction with the Step by Step (Banana by Banana) Method shown in the PDF.

 

Stick Cover Extraction Step 10

Remove Pattern piece and overcast cut end

 

Note: There are a few things to take into account when sewing the Stick Cover in the usual way, such as the fact that the join adds bulk as well as the decision to open the Seam Allowances out flat or have them fold in one direction. Take a look at the following photos so you can make your own ‘informed’ decision!

 

Step 11: Pin the Stick Cover so that the join is closest to the open end. This will ensure that the join will be inside the hobby Horse head. Pin so that the Seam Allowance folds away from the open end of the tube.

Note: The photo shows the Seam Allowance open and flat. This is the best way for distributing bulk. However, it can cause a problem when the tube is a very tight fit on the Dowel. The end of the Dowel may catch against the pocket caused by the open Seam Allowance thus halting progress when threading the tube of fabric onto the Dowel.

 

Stick Cover Extraction Extra 11

Join closest to open end (see note about Seam Allowance)

 

Step 12: Sew the Stick Cover so that the join is closest to the open end. Take care that the Seam Allowance folds away from the open end of the tube unlike the Seam Allowance shown in the photo.

 

Stick Cover Extraction Extra 12

For better results: Seam Allowance should fold away from open end

 

Watch this “Turn a Toy” Tutorial Video and apply the method shown. A longer Tool may make turning easier as the fabric tube is quite long and may be a bit stiff.

 

 

Step 13: Tie off all the threads and turn the Stick Cover right side out through the opening.

 

Stick Cover Extraction Extra 13

Turn the Stick Cover right side out through the opening

 

Note: Turning the section where the join is might be difficult using the Tools so continue by hand if necessary.

 

Stick Cover Extraction Extra 14

Continue by hand if necessary

 

Stick Cover Extraction Extra 15

Almost completely turned!

 

Step 14: Thread the Stick Cover onto the Dowel in the usual way. Take care when the join is reached as the fabric tube will be much tighter at the join! It should be obvious before this stage is reached as to whether the tube is too loose. A small amount of potential twist is normal but you should not be able to twist the fabric any more than shown. Ensure that the side seam is straight before following the rest of the Step by Step (Banana by Banana) Method shown in the PDF.

 

Stick Cover Extraction Extra 16

Ensure that the side seam is straight

A Fat Quarter of Organic Cotton Sateen CAROUSEL Stick HORSE WARM Strips fabric was used for this photo series. Two more Stick Covers can be made using the same Method. Use these for your next Hobby Horse Project.

The CAROUSEL Stick HORSE WARM Strips fabric can be purchased here.

A Fat Quarter of Organic Cotton Sateen CAROUSEL Stick HORSE COLD Strips fabric can be used instead. Three Stick Covers can be made using it also.

Stick Cover Extraction CAROUSEL Stick HORSE Strips COLD

The CAROUSEL Stick HORSE COLD Strips fabric can be purchased here.

To see the rest of the Designs in this Collection click here.

I hope you have a Bunch of Fun using these fabrics for your Hobby Horse creations!

 

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