Free Motion Leaf Bowl

By  Karen Charles  for  SVP Worldwide

size: 10"x8"x4"

  • Free Motion Leaf Bowl
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  • PFAFF: Electric Quilt Printables, 8-1/2"x11", six; Inspira Fusible Fleece Batting, 1 pkg.
  • Batik fabrics, in autumn colors, 8-1/2"x11", six
  • Robison-Anton Rayon and Metallic Thread
  • Large real maple leaves or photos


  • PFAFF Sewing Machine with Free Motion Foot and Extension Table
  • Fabric markers
  • Computer with inkjet printer

Basic Supplies

  • large plastic bin of water, iron and pressing surface, straight pins, scissors
  • 1. Follow manufacturer's instructions on printable fabric sheet to copy, enlarge, and print maple leaves in different colors using computer and inkjet printer.

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  • 2. Let ink dry for 15 minutes. Peel off plastic backing on fabric sheet; soak printed leaves in room temperature water for 10 minutes. Position flat or use iron to dry.
  • 3. Sandwich printed fabric leaf, fusible fleece, and batik fabric together. Press using iron to adhere layers together.

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  • 4. Thread sewing machine with rayon thread, attach free motion foot, and set machine to free motion quilting. Machine-sew free-form quilting designs through all layers and through outer edges of leaf. Rethread machine with different colors to add dimension to leaf vein lines.

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  • 5. Cut out leaf just outside sewn edges.

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  • 6. Color exposed fusible fleece on leaf edges using fabric markers.

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  • 7. Continue adding free-motion stitching following lines and colors of printed leaf so entire surface is stitched. Use back and forth zigzag stitch along edge. Rethread with metallic thread and outline vein lines for added dimension. Repeat process to make six leaves total.

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  • 8. Arrange five leaves in overlapping circle. Pin first two leaves to each other and sew on edges where leaves overlap. Add remaining leaves to form circle. Position last leaf in base of bowl to cover opening; machine-sew in place.

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  • 9. Iron leaves with light pressure, rolling edges to shape bowl.
  • Tip
  • 1. If using leaf photos from computer, select "fit to page" in print options to enlarge.