The Power of Embellishments: Three Ways to Add Pop to Your Projects

Aug 2, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Mona Phelps

Hi – this is Mona Phelps from Kentucky Whittaker Creations. Today, I’m going to talk about embellishments.

Have you ever felt like you love a project that you’re working on, but it needs just a little more? Something to make your project pop? If so, AccuQuilt’s GO! Circle die (½", ¾", 1", 1¼") may be what you need to take your projects to the next level.



This die perfectly cuts circles of various dimensions. (I know that I can’t cut a circle with such smooth edges!) I am going to show you how this die makes a big difference on three unique projects.


Zippered Pouches

I created a zippered pouch using a patchwork front. When I assembled the panel, it felt a little blah (and, I realized that my seams hadn’t lined up well).  I decided to use the largest circle from AccuQuilt’s GO! Circle die (½", ¾", 1", 1¼") thinking that they would give the pouch some dimension. And, the circles would cover up my mismatched seams.

The first thing I did was add some fusible fleece to the back of the precut squares. Doing this provided loft and stability to the fabric. I then ran the blocks through the AccuQuilt GO! with the fabric covering the largest circle. Using some spray fabric adhesive, I placed the perfectly cut circles on the pouch, then sewed the circles onto the front of the pouch using a blanket stitch.


The circles make a huge difference in the appearance of the pouch. I love the way it turned out.


Tote Bag

One of my favorite go-to’s for an easy project is a tote bag. They are so satisfying to make and have so many uses (re-usable grocery bag, book bag, toy bag for children….).

Going through my stash, I found some fun fabric for a bag. As the fabric for the tote bag is very busy, I didn’t want to add anything to the body of the bag. I decided to put the circles on the straps.

You will need your fabric and some fusible interfacing that is recommended for appliqué (dual sided). After fusing the interfacing to the fabric, place the fabric on your die and run it through your AccuQuilt GO! The 1" circle is perfect for this. Peel the paper from the back of your circles and place them on the strap. Following the manufacturer’s directions, adhere the circles to the strap. Now, you need to appliqué them to the strap. I used a zig zag stitch on my machine; however, you can hand-appliqué them on.


The circles certainly add a nice pop to the bag!


Key Chain  

I’ve been making fabric key chains for a while using various methods (quilting, fabric with interfacing, webbing, etc.). When I was thinking about different uses for them, adding some dimension to the key chains came to mind. However, I didn’t want to try one of the above methods. I pulled out my cork fabric scraps and found a match to a key chain I was currently making. Cork fabric is awesome to use because you don’t need to worry about raw edges. Once you cut the cork, the edges don’t fray. And, it’s a natural alternative to leather.

I used the ¾" circles for this project along with some buttons. I sewed the cork circles and buttons to the key chain (as seen below).


I love how these projects moved from nice to “wow” just by adding some embellishments. Let me know how you will be using AccuQuilt’s GO! Circle die (½", ¾", 1", 1¼")!




Topics: GO! Project Tutorials, Inspiration

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