Jan 29, 2014

Beating my drum, part 2

Well I feel foolish!  I cut another circle for the bottom, marked the 3 1/2", eased the circle as it went along, and it ended perfectly!  No excess, no problems. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 So why did I have so much trouble with the top piece?   Here's the perfect bottom, and how I pressed the edges.  
Now for the inside.  I cut a piece of foam board (cardboard or mat) to fit in the bottom, and a piece of Mylar (plastic sheet) that is 1 1/2 times around the outside and 1/8" shorter than the height.   I stuck my hand in to pull the seam allowance up so the board sits flat on the bottom. 
 
 
Double sided tape would have helped because it was moving around a bit.   I rolled the Mylar, inserted, and it unrolled itself to fit the inside.  Pushed down on it, and then added a piece of quilt batting at the bottom, hoping it would keep the filling from wandering.  I used those little plastic beads because I've had them for years and want rid of them.
I stopped 3/4 way up the tube, and smooshed them down, tapping lightly to settle.  When I pressed on the beads, they expanded the Mylar to the limit and made a firm drum.  The reason for cutting the Mylar much bigger than the drum is to have an overlap inside to keep the filling from getting behind it.   

Added another layer of quilt batting over the beads.  Next will be several inches of crushed walnut shells for the pins if it would be used as a pincushion.
 
  
 Then gather the muslin over the walnut shells, secure, and trim excess.  A single layer of thin quilt batting to cover the muslin, and then hand sew the lined top to the drum. Maybe tonight!  Maybe not. For a shorter drum, I don't know if I would use the same method inside.  This is tall and I want it to sit well.  Using all sawdust would make an excellent drum and I'll see how stable this is before the final stitches.  If it's not, I'll try the sawdust.  I'm just glad it worked out because I really like this finish for a sampler I thought I wouldn't like.   All that's left is the little bit of hand sewing.
This wonky bird is on an antique wallet that I saw on Pinterest.  Still need to show you Ann's, (who has piqued my interest in wallets) work .  So for the next drum, will I machine sew the top and use the muslin on the bottom?  Probably.  But I will keep this drum finish in mind for short and wide samplers like this one.  I think using the Mylar and bottom disc would allow a much bigger round but shorter drum, too.  Theresa gave me a great idea to use wool or wool felt for the circle, which doesn't ravel.  Just press or tuck the drum's top edge, and hand sew a wool top to close.  Thanks Theresa!
Thanks for visiting!
  Hope I didn't bore you with this!
 
 
 
 

27 comments:

Brenda said...

Thank you for photographing this project step by step. I love that!!!

It is a beautiful finish!!!

Barb said...

Not bored at all. In fact, thanks for the pictures and clear description. I agree, this is a good finish for a wide sampler. It is a lovely finish!

Margaret said...

Well it looks great. I will follow your steps if and when I decide to do a drum finish. (Love the pic of the kitties in the last post!)

Teresa S. said...

Oh, not boring at all! It even made sense and I can't say that about all the tutorials on the web :)

Thanks for sharing!

janeks said...

Bored? Not at all. Live the pics and description. Hopefully I can find it when I need it :-)

Chris said...

Looks like you are figuring it out. It looks great!

Cindy said...

Great finishing instructions! Love the piece too!

Peggy Lee said...

I knew you would figure it out! Still don't think I am brave enough to try it though.
Love the little sampler you've used.

Peggy Lee said...

I knew you would figure it out! Still don't think I am brave enough to try it though.
Love the little sampler you've used.

Linda said...

It looks great! I think I like the bird even more now that it's curved around the cylinder. Thanks for showing the process.

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Love this finish!

Vickie said...

You rock Marly!!

Penny Shepherd said...

Really appreciate the step by step photos. I just learned something else! Thanks! I love those Pinkeep Drums but am intimidated to try.

Robin said...

Way to go, Marly! Your drum turned out super. Thank you for sharing the step by step directions and pictures.

Robin in Virginia

eszter said...

beautiful drum♥ thanks for your tutorial!

Primitive Stars said...

Your never boring Marly, enjoy my visits......Love your drum finish, toot your horn, beep beep, Blessings Francine.

Kim said...

Marly!!! This is an awesome finish! I liked the mylar inside the tube part, keeps it very neat!!! You are a good teacher!!! Love visiting your blog!!!
~Kim~

Maggee said...

Nicely done--filed away for future reference! And I have Mylar now! Yay! Thanks for sharing. Hugs!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Great tutorial, Marly and it reallly turned out great!

Gillie said...

Not at all, it was really useful, thank you!

Carol said...

It looks fabulous, Marly--never would have thought of using the Mylar... Thanks so much for this tips and detailed tutorial.

Judy said...

I knew you would come up with a good idea for finishing a drum. I've never done it as it just looked to difficult to do. I've done stand up snowmen and rabbits..but you only have to do a round bottom. Thanks for the walk through making a drum..very nice!

Judy heartland stitcher

Melody said...

What a fantastic finish!!!

Catherine said...

Love it!!!

Pam in IL said...

I really like the drum! It's a great finish and I'll have to give it a try.

Sarah Beth said...

Your sewing machine looks similar to me of my older Kenmore. Is that what your is?

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