Holiday Hang Tag with Corded Trapunto
The materials you need for this project are some Fabrika fabric, heavyweight fusible interfacing, a ruler, some sort of thick cording, rubber cement, ribbon, scissors, and a bone folder. I’m using chip board to attach my cord to. The sewing machine that I’m using is industrial so it sews through the chip board easily. You can rent industrial sewing machines hourly from Fabrika; this is one of those projects when you can get all of them made and then come in and sew them up in no time! A product that a home machine could sew to would be oaktag. Another option would be to use an awl to poke holes through the chip board and hand sew it.
My fabric is about 1/2″ larger than the chip board. The interfacing will be cut to the size of the chip to reduce bulk when I’m turning the edges.
I’ve turned on my iron and while it’s heating up I coated the cord and chip board with rubber cement. Rubber cement is a contact glue so both pieces need to be dry and then they are stuck together. It’s also nice because it’s re-positionable so if I don’t line up the cord exactly the first time I can easily remove it.
I put my chip face-down on top of the interfacing that has also been coated with rubber cement. It’s important to re-cover the front of the chip with rubber cement because when you’re handling the cording some of it will come off. In order to get a nice, clean trapunto effect you need to have all the nooks and crannies coated with cement.
I’ve flipped the piece over and have pressed around the F with my bone folder. Work from the inside-out so you can press out all of the air bubbles. Once again, if you mess up you can just lift it up and start over! Rubber cement is awesome.
My edges have been rubber cemented (yay rubber cement!) and folded over, the corners clipped as well. The loop can be created with ribbon, yarn, elastic, or anything in between. I used a bit of cord, coated it with rubber cement, cut out a strip of fabric, coated it with rubber cement, and rolled the cord in the fabric.