What you need for 1 Lily Pad:
2 15x15 pieces of fabric
1 15x15 piece of muslin (optional)
1 15x15 piece of warm and natural or other cotton quilt batting
1 Print 'n Press iron transfer sheet for light fabrics (completely optional) You could leave it blank or cut out a fabric letter to monogram. (optional)
sewing supplies (thread, sewing machine, iron)
1) I used this handy dandy compass that I got at Target on clearance, to draw a circle with the radius of about 7 inches. You could go larger if you wanted. I just made it as wide as it would go and used that as my radius. I then cut out a pattern piece using 15x15 square of muslin (gosh, I love that stuff).
Optional Step 1a) If you want to add a silhouette or monogram, you can add it now. For a great tutorial on printing out your silhouette click here. If you want to add a letter then you would trace your letter onto the back of a piece of wunder under or heat & bond (make sure you trace the mirror image), then transfer with an iron to the wrong side of your fabric, let it cool, then peel off the back and transfer with your iron onto the front of your fabric. Straight stitch or satin stitch around the letter. (Let me know if you want a more comprehensive tutorial on this. I do these a lot for the superhero backpacks in my Etsy shop.
2) Layer your two fabrics and your batting in this order: batting, 1st fabric right side up, 2nd fabric, right side down. Put the pattern piece on the very top of your "sandwich")and then cut to size. (I cut out more than one here & the batting isn't shown...oops)
3) Pin, pin, pin! Pin around the circle.
4) Sew, sew, sew! Sew all the way around using a 3/8 seam allowance and leaving an opening approximately 3 inches wide.
5) Turn your lily pad right side out and with your fingers work out the seam so the seams are nice and flat. Iron. Pin the opening.
6) Top stitch around the lily pad. My machine does decorative stitches, so I did a different stitch on the outside for each of the lily pads. The kids loved that touch. Even my older Janome Decor Excel 5018 has some decorative stitches.
Disclaimer: This is my first tutorial ever and I learned a lot about pictures and taking pictures of the steps etc. I hope you can still follow this :) :)
Baby is awake. Gotta jet. Stay tuned for more crazy stuff as I sew in-between everything else I'm doing!!