On page 16 of the latest issue of Quilting Arts Magazine-Dec15/ Jan16 , under my article entitled *Sheer Paper-Cloth*, I demonstrate how to make a pliable and soft material that is easy to sew by hand or by machine.
This technique is good not only for making art quilts, but also to make ornaments to decorate the house, especially now that we are in the Holiday season.
Once you have your paper-cloth ready, follow the next instructions to make a "bell tent":
1) Cut one piece from Sheer Paper-Cloth and iron interfacing in the back.
2) Draw and cut the pattern below from copy paper.
3) Trace the pattern on the right side of the Sheer Paper-Cloth (I usually use a mechanical pencil for this task but for this demonstration I used a black marker). Make sure you leave 1/2 inch of bottom border.
4) Cut circles from the contrast color areas of the Sheer Paper-Cloth and paste them with glue as shown
5) Select a dark color of 28w Aurifil cotton thread and load your sewing machine. Choose a free motion foot and drop the feed dogs.
6) Sew on the 1/2 inch space you left at the bottom of your traced shapes as shown in the picture below to go from shape to shape.
7) Select Aurifil Lana 12w thread for your hand embroidery. I love the bold marks these threads leave with simple stitches.
8) Once finished, cut around each shape.
9) Sew from the top dot to the straight edge. When you are ready to sew the third piece fold the opposite side as shown below (side view).
10) (Top view) You can see below the left side already sewn on both sides. It is folded to make room for sewing the right and third side.
11) After having finished sewing with your machine, each top side should look like this. Starting and/or stopping at the dots. Leave a small opening.
12) Cut a 14 inch long piece of thread. Tie up a jingle bell with a knot in the middle.
13) With the help of a tweezer pass both threads from the inside through the middle hole. It helps to rest the jingle bell at the edge, as shown in the picture, to have the right length of the thread.
14) Insert a little button on the top. Make a doble knot and apply a drop of rubber cement to the back.
15) Now that you know how to make one *Bell Tent*, why not make more and share them with your family and friends to spread some cheer throughout the season?