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Thread: Inset Circle using Freezer Paper and Glue

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    Power Poster MadQuilter's Avatar
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    I took a class a while ago where I learned to inset a circle into a square using Freezer Paper and Glue. Thought I'd share because this method actually results in a ROUND circle. :lol:

    You need background fabric, coordinating fabric, freezer paper, glue (washable, I use both glue stick and Elmer's School Glue), paper scissors and fabric scissors, pencil, ruler, and something to mark a circle.

    Step 1: Prepare freezer paper square. Draw the circle in the center. Make sure there is at least 1" between the edge of the circle and the edge of the square.
    Step 2: Cut the circle out of the paper.
    Step 3: Iron the freezer paper to the wrong side of the background fabric.
    Step 4: Mark the circle on the fabric.
    Step 5: Cut a circle out of the center, leaving about 1/2"
    Step 6: Snip the fabric around the perimeter to just before the pencil mark.
    Step 7: Using the fabric glue stick glue the fabric tabs to the paper. Pull them taught.
    Step 8: Cut a square of the coordinating fabric larger than the circle.
    Step 9: Dab Elmer's school glue (or glue stick) on the fabric tabs and lay the fabric square (fabric side down) centered over the circle.
    Step 10: Leave to dry.
    Step 11: Carefully pull the tabs off the freezer paper. Make sure to support both sides of the project so you don't distort the fabric or pull the tabs off.
    Step 12: Pull the freezer paper off the background fabric.
    Step 13: Attach the zipper foot to your sewing machine. Set the piece under the foot so the fabric square is on the bottom. Sew the two fabrics together as close to the drawn circle as the zipper foot allows. Please refer to the picture.
    Step 14: Trim the fabric square and attached tabs to about 1/4".
    Step 15: Press both sides. (Note: If you want the circle to be truly inset, press as shown. If you want the circle to be raised, press the seam into the circle.)

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    WOW!! Thank you Mad!! I can't wait to try this one :D:D:D

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    I think I can actually do this!! Without your photo demos though, I don't think I would have attempted it. Sometimes the words don't match what's in the minds eye...for me anyway.
    Thank You SO much! I have to bookmark this one!

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    I saw this on tv one day but then couldn't remember how to do it. Thanks so much for the tute---bookmarked it already.

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    I have done this technique.....it is really easy and the results are great.

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    Great tutorial, thank you.

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    Wow, that looks great, don't know if I have the patience for this though :)

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    thank you-- well laid out --much appreciated

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    Thanks for the tute!! :thumbup:

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    looks like fun i will bookmark this one

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    Thank you. Nice work - on the inset and the tutorial!

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    That is fantastic. I might now try some quilts that require the circle or a portion thereof. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    You did a wonderful job on the tutorial.

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    Glad you can use it. Funny thing, I actually had to do the process 3 times. First time, the closeup pictures were fuzzy. Second time, I actually rushed and ironed the freezer paper to the wrong side (what a dunce!). Third time was a charm. The hardest part was setting things up with my left hand holding the bits and taking the picture with my right hand. I am not ambidextrous apparently,

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    Thanks for Tutorial - I am definately going to try this. :thumbup:

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    thanks not only for the tut--but the great pictures that say it all!

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    Very nice of you to share! That's great! The pictures were very good (and worth a 1000 words!)

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    Thanks so much for posting this tute! I've bookmarked it and will be using it at some point for sure!!!

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    Wow great instruction, I might even try it now.

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    Can someone tell me how to bookmark this? Thanks

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    Thanks for sharing I`ve always wanted to try but wasn`t sure either.
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    Thank you so much for this. I was trying to remember the techniique which I had seen demonstrated on line. I have now found the link : Show 704: Circles, Curves, and Chocolate (Dale Fleming) for those of us who are not very good at following written instructions. I have bookmarked your post as a reminder of what to do. This is brilliant.

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    Thank you Mad, will bookmark this for future use.

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    Hmmmm, what can I make using circles? Now I'll have to find something to do with this.

    Thanks Martina!
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    cool great. thanks for the tute

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    Thank you!!

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