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Thread: Sunbonnet Sue Magnets

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    Power Poster Rhonda's Avatar
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    I like Sunbonnet Sues and I make them into magnets or you can add a loop and hang them in a window or wherever you like. They could be used as Christmas ornaments.

    There are only 7 pieces

    2 Hat pieces
    2 Dress pieces
    2 Boot pieces
    1 Pocket piece

    You can match or contrast the thread.

    The pattern pieces I hope will come out the right size but if not you can resize them on a copy machine to the size you want.

    Run a stitch through the corner
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    fold the rest of the side over and continue basting around the rest of the pocket
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    Here is the pocket with basting thread
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    Sew the pocket on under your sewing machine needle or by hand and then rip out the basting thread. I used red here so you could see it. TIP: if you use the same color thread as the thread you are going to use to sew it on - if you miss picking anything out it is less noticable. The basting thread sometimes will hide and you can't see it.
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    Pocket all done!
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    Turn it right side out and use a turning tool ( I use the tip of my mini scissors) to push out the shape of the dress. I also fold in the neck area so it fits up into the hat easily. Iron it flat.
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    This is the size boot I prefer but you can use the larger template or a square to rep a boot. Start sewing down a bit from the top edge so you can turn it easier.
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    I start to turn by bunching up the fabric on the tip of my scissors.
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    I push the scissors with the bunched up fabric up into the center as I pull down on the edges of the top
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    You can enlarge the boot pattern if you like for a larger boot if that is a bit easier to handle. Just add a seam allowance and make sure if you do enlarge it that you keep the same angle of the top.
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    If you use white thread it will show and look like laces.
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    Fold over the edge of the pocket and iron it so it will stay down
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    Baste a thread along the top of the pocket and when you get to the corner fold the corner in
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    Lay your pocket on the dress at the angle you want it to be
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    When you get to the other corner fold it in like you did the first one. Then fold the side over and baste upto the corner. Make sure you put a stitch in the corner.
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    Sew the pocket on under your sewing machine needle or by hand and then rip out the basting thread. I used red here so you could see it. TIP: if you use the same color thread as the thread you are going to use to sew it on - if you miss picking anything out it is less noticable. The basting thread sometimes will hide and if you can't see it why bother with it? I just leave what I can't find!
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    Put the two pieces together and sew around the edge. Leave an inch on top so you can turn it easily and leave an opening in the bottom for the boot to go through.
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    Here is the boot
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    You can see the top how it gets a bit frayed but that is ok as it will be hidden inside the dress
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    Now you can slip the boot up into the opening at the bottom of the dress.
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    Sew across the boot inside the dress to anchor it in place
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    Here are all the pieces cut out
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    Continue to use the scissors tip or turning tool to work the boot out.
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    Push out the toe and straighten the edges inside
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    Ok now you need to sew the hat on and finish the Sue.

    I prefer to buy the magnets for business cards as they are flat. The only other magnets I found were in a roll and they don't work as well. I had a hard time getting the roll kind to not want to roll up.

    So cut a piece of magnet about 2 1/2" x 3/4" wide or whatever size you like. I like to place it so it is evenly between the top and bottom of the Sue.

    Sew around the hat. Keep closer to the pointed ends when you start so you leave a good opening to place it down on the dress and be able to get a good angle on the hat.
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    Here is the hat with the opening folded inside
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    Put the neck of the dress through the opening of the hat. Then sew around the hat and also sew a finish seam around the dress. Now you have a completed Sunbonnet Sue.
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    You can applique the pocket on with needle turn applique or you could use any iron on if you like. I'm not real familiar with those so can't recommend any. But I am sure they would be a life saver if you can't or don't want to baste the pocket.

    Here is the larger size boot template

    I printed off the templates above and they came out the right size so they should work for you.

    I hope you enjoy making the Sunbonnet Sues!!

    The larger size boot template
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    Thank You so much :thumbup: She is adorable and love that she can be a magnet or ornament

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    Okay I have a question. Did you put the magnet inside the dress. If so, how did you anchor it. Or did you just attach magnet to one side?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaye-Kaye
    Okay I have a question. Did you put the magnet inside the dress. If so, how did you anchor it. Or did you just attach magnet to one side?

    Thanks
    I just use the business card magnets and they are sticky backed. So I stick it to the back of the Sue. If you try to put it inside I think it would not connect as well to metal because of the fabric in between the magnet and the metal.

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    TOO CUTE!!! I could see her dressed in red on the Christmas tree with a tiny quilt in her hand.

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    Great tute. Thanks for sharing.

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    Thanks so much!! I might be able to make one -- looks like so much fun! :D :thumbup:

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    I hope if you make one you post pics!!

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