Couch Fibers to Create a Surface Design

Lazies, Explore the excitement of adding fibers to your Lazy Girl Designs project with gorgeous fibers! In this example, shown on the pattern cover, I used Adornaments (TM) fiber packs from EK Success. Be sure to grab the FREE printable tutorial below!

Each Lazy Girl Designs bag pattern has a central or feature plain area waiting to be loved with fibers or other embellishments. You can also use fibers such as yarn. Pick a fiber pack that coordinates with your fabric selection from the 48 different colorways available. These fibers are thin enough to be sewn into seams allowing the fibers to be secured in seam allowances. Top stitch in place, or use a group of fibers to make a tassel for your bag. This technique can be used somewhere on most of our designs.

If you are leery of working with fibers, try our foolproof technique and practice on a sample. Construct the project as directed and incorporate fibers when you get to ‘Step 7: Embellish To Your Heart’s Content’. Unwind a bit of length for each fiber and lay them across the project as shown below. Use a monofilament thread and a zigzag stitch just wide enough to stich over the fiber. This is also known as ‘couching’. You may want to use a sewing machine needle with a larger hole and stitch slowly so you don’t break the monofilament thread. Use two fibers together. Pick any two and cut a bit longer than needed. Stitch ends to the seam allowance of the cover fabric. Hold both fibers together and twist so they are ‘entwined’ with each other.

Zigzag for the length of the fiber.
Repeat in cockeyed angles across the project.
Embellish both Marquee Areas for more fun.
Complete the Chloe Handbag as directed in the pattern.

Be sure to grab the FREE printable tutorial below!


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