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Brightly Colored Fish Romper

This project features brightly colored fish designs that were simply cut from fabric and then fused onto a plain, inexpensive white romper. Add the sash to challenge yourself.

Completed version of brightly colored fish romper
The right fabric can brighten
any plain outfit.

What You'll Need:
  • One-piece romper in stretch or woven fabric in light, solid color
  • 1-2 yards brightly colored, lightweight, firmly woven print fabric (no knits or stretch material). Fabric should feature large individual motifs with no overlapping
  • Buttons coordinated to match print fabric
  • 1-2 yards double-sided fusible webbing
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Iron and ironing board

NOTE: Before cutting design motifs from fabric, reserve enough fabric for the sash by cutting two 6x30-inch lengths. Also cut three 1/2x6-inch lengths and two 1/2x30-inch lengths of fusible webbing.

How to Make Brightly Colored Fish Romper:

Step 1: Cut a motif from the fabric, allowing at least a 1/2-inch border around the perimeter of the design.

Step 2: Place fusible webbing on table, with the paper side up. Place fabric motif on paper with the right side down. Trace along fabric edge onto paper. Cut fusible webbing 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch inside of traced line.

Cut fusible webbing inside the traced line
Trace fabric motif on webbing and cut inside the line.

Step 3: Following manufacturer's instructions, fuse webbing to wrong side of fabric motif. Cutting through paper-backed webbing and fabric, cut motif along design lines.

Cut webbing and fabric along design lines
Once fused, cut motif along design lines.

Step 4: Remove paper backing from motif. Position web-backed motif on romper and fuse following manufacturer's instructions. It usually works best if you prepare all motifs with webbing, cut them out, determine their position on the romper, and then fuse them one at a time.

Position motif on romper
Position motifs where desired on romper.

Step 5: Replace romper buttons with coordinating buttons.

Step 6: For the sash, make sure you have reserved two 6x30-inch lengths of fabric. Turn under and press 1/2 inch on one short end of one length.

Step 7: Following manufacturer's instructions, apply fusible webbing strip to edge that is folded under (seam allowance) and remove paper backing. Fuse to short end of second 6x30-inch fabric length, thereby connecting both lengths of fabric. (Note: Do not fold under and press end of second fabric strip.)

Fuse together the two lengths of sash fabric
Fuse the short ends of the two
6x30-inch fabrics together.

Step 8: Turn under and press 1/2 inch on one long edge and on both short ends of seamed sash. Apply fusible webbing to all three folded edges (seam allowances) and then remove paper backing and fuse, following manufacturer's instructions.

Press 1/2 inch on one long edge
Press 1/2 inch of one long edge of the joined fabrics.

Step 9: Turn under and press 1-1/2 inches along long unfolded edge. Avoid allowing iron to touch any exposed adhesive from the webbing.

Pressing more of the sash
Press 1-1/2 inches along remaining long edge.

Step 10: Lay sash on ironing surface so that long, folded, webbed edge is on top, with adhesive face up. Fold top edge over 1-1/4 inches, which should overlap cut edge of bottom fold. Press with iron to fuse.

Pressing sash till done
Fold top edge over 1-1/4 inches.

TIP: The matching sash constructed via double-sided fusible webbing turns this project from "Beginner" to "Intermediate." Beginning crafters may want to exclude the matching sash, opting to purchase a belt in a coordinating color.

Next, more clothes get the brightening treatment with fishy designs.

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