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Citrus Tutorial

Stuffed Felt Citrus Slices and wedges.



Join me today as we make some easy breezy - lemon squeezy - stuffed citrus slices and wedges. These are so fun and quick to make, you will want to want to have on in every citrus-y color sitting in a bowl on your kitchen counter, all summer long! Let's get started!


What You Need:

Free Citrus PDF Pattern

Citrus Template
.pdf
Download PDF • 109KB

Free Citrus SVG Cut File (optional)

Citrus Slices.SVG
.zip
Download ZIP • 1KB

Benzie Wool Blend Felt (in a variety of citrus colors and white)

(use the code "BEESEWINSPIRED" at checkout for 10% off your first purchase at Benzie)

Fabric Fuse Quick Bond Fabric Adhesive

Embroidery Thread in matching citrus colors

Hand sewing needle

scissors

Cricut Maker or other cutting machine for SVG File (optional)

Small amount of Polyester Fiber Fill



Instructions:



1. Download the FREE Citrus Pattern designed by Bee Sew Inspired. You can choose either the PDF Pattern to hand cut your shapes, or the SVG Cut File and follow the directions to have your Cricut Maker cut the felt shapes. Make sure to use your rotary blade and set the fabric to felt.




2. To make a Citrus Wedge: cut 1 main circles and all 8 inner triangles from the main felt citrus color and 1 inner circle from the white felt. To make a Citrus Slice: cut 2 main circles and all 8 inner triangles from the main felt citrus color and 1 inner circle from the white felt.



3. Fold the white felt circle in quarters and finger press the folds. This will help with placement of the citrus triangles. Open the white felt circle again.



4. Layout the triangles on evenly spaced on the white felt as shown. Use the fold creases as a guide for even spacing and centering.




5. Using your Fabric Fuse Fabric Adhesive, place a few drops in the center back of each triangle piece. Firmly press in place. Leave to dry for a few hours on a flat surface. This step will allow you to have perfectly placed triangles when you go to hand stitch without shifting or threads getting caught on pins.





6. Using 2-3 strands of coordinating embroidery floss, thread your hand sewing needle and tack down each triangle citrus segment. You can use your a tiny running stitch, blanket stitch or your favorite hand embroidery stitch around the perimeter of each triangle segment.





7. Next, using your Fabric Fuse Fabric Adhesive, glue the wrong side of the white, stitched circle to the center of one of the larger main citrus circles. Repeat the hand stitching around the white perimeter in white thread.







8. You will stitch the step differently depending if you are making a slice or a wedge. To make the wedge, simply fold the stitched circle with right sides together. Stitch 2/3 around the raw edge by hand or machine in tiny stitches with a 1/8" seam allowance. If you are making the Citrus Slice, match the second main circle over top of the stitched circle with right sides together and stitch around the perimeter by hand or machine in tiny stitches with a 1/8" seam allowance.



9. Carefully turn your citrus shape right side out and using your finger or a blunt option, press along the inside of the seams to make sure it is fully turned.


10. Gently stuff your citrus shape with polyester fiber fill. Do NOT over stuff.


11. Using an invisible ladder stitch, hand sew the opening closed.


Your stuffed Citrus Fruit is now complete!



Please share all your Citrus Slices and Wedges on social media and tag @beesewinspired so I can tag you back! Looking forward to enjoying a Slice of Life!



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