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15″ x WOF Main Fabric (I am using Metallic Confetti from Michael Miller Fabrics Glitz line)
1/2 Yard of Lightweight Fusible Interfacing
12 Pearled Snaps
a Sheet of Heat’n’Bond
Coordinating Fabric – for your numbers
**7 Yards of Pom Fringe (this is optional but looks amazing!)The first thing we are going to do is cut out the numbers that we will adhere to the fabric chain pieces. I am doing this with the Silhouette Cameo using the same technique I used in this tutorial here. You simply adhere the coordinating fabric to the Heat’n’Bond and then use your Cameo (or scissors) to cut your desired numbers. Then peel them off your cutting mat and remove the paper backing. Now set the numbers aside until later
Now take your fabric strip and press it RST (right-sides together) to create a 2.5″ x 10″ strip.
Place the fusible interfacing onto the wrong side of the folded fabric strip and press with a hot iron to adhere.
Now you need to grab a number that you created earlier and adhere it to the right-side of the fabric chain. To do this simply place the number in the center of the chain and using a hot iron, press the number to the fabric. If you have a large ruler you can use this to speed up your process and have a more unified placement of your numbers.
Complete the chain piece by folding it RST and starting at the bottom of the long raw edge (leaving one short side open) stitch up the long side and across the top short side, starting and finishing your stitches.
Once the chain piece was completed I decided that I wanted it to have a bit more pop to it. So I found this great aqua Mini Pom Fringe that matched my coordinating fabric and decided to add it to the long edges of each chain piece.
Once you have all your chains completed your just interlock them and the close the snap.
Now comes the fun part…using it to countdown the last few hours of 2014. We have a small activity planed for every hour -IF- my kids can manage to stay awake. We also plan to attach our Fabric Countdown Chain to a bunch of helium balloons and as each hour passes we get to pop one balloon until we get to the last balloon that will be filled with a bunch of confetti and candies.
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