Charity Sewalong – August 2019

Childhood Cancer Support


Childhood Cancer Support is a children’s cancer charity with practical, hands-on support for the Queensland paediatric oncology community. They provide family support, home away from home accommodation and transport services to children with cancer, and their families from regional, rural and remote locations.

Talk like a Pirate Day is a nationally recognised major fundraiser for Childhood Cancer Support. While dressed up in your best pirate costume, funds are raised for the Childhood Cancer Support charity to go towards their support for their patients and families. 

Sewalongs are a great way to get inspired by what everyone creates, while giving to a worthy cause. If you’re new to sewing or embroidering this is a great chance to get involved and have fun no matter what the outcome. Any excuse to put your sewing and embroidery machines to good use is a great one.



For this month’s sewalong, we’re going to contribute to Childhood Cancer Support and their Talk like a Pirate Day by creating pirate bandanas for the kids to wear. 

We have sewn these bandanas in a few different ways. We have created them using a whole square method, patchwork method and also added an extra touch with some embellishment using the ScanNCut or applique.


A flat fell seam encases the raw seam edges to stop them from fraying.  Rather than using a traditional patchwork 1/4” seam, we will stitch our bandana together with flat felled seams to hide the raw edges. 


Whole Square Bandana

  1. Cut and measure up a fabric piece to the size of 22” x 22”.
  2. Finish the edges of the square with a rolled hem.
  3. Your done!
    Add some embellishment using the ScanNCut →



Patchwork Bandana – Finished Size – 22” x 22”

  1. Cut different fabrics into squares and rectangles, allowing for a ⅝” seam allowance for flat fell seam construction
  2. Join together your pieces of fabric using a flat fell seam
  3. Stitch fabric right sides together using a ⅝” seam (flat fell seam should be done on the wrong side of the fabric)
  4. Trim one side of the seam back to ¼”1
  5. Press the larger seam allowance in half, turning the raw edge under so that it meets the original seam. This encloses the trimmed seam.23
  6. Press/iron the turned under seam flat and stitch down. Use pins to assist.4
  7. Repeat until all fabric pieces are stitched together with the flat felled seam. If necessary, square up fabric to 22” x 22”.5-text
  8. To finish, set up your overlocker for rolled hem. Test stitch on scrap fabric until satisfied with rolled hem finish. Stitch around the outside of the bandana with rolled hem.


Fold the bandana in half, iron, then fold in half again and iron. Measure 1 ½” from the fold on the centre line. This is where the design will be positioned on the bandana (note the location of the heart and sword before ironing into place).

Using Applique
Download applique design →

  1. Print out the applique design. Download design →
  2. Trace the design onto hot melt web. For even better precision, if you own a Light Box, place your Hot Melt Web on top of the Light Box and trace.
  3. Cut out traced images from the Hot Melt Web and iron onto the wrong side of contrast fabric.
  4. Cut out fabric shapes, remove the Hot Melt Web backing and place into position on the bandana. Iron the shape in place on the bandana.
  5. Stitch around shape using appliqué method.

Using Flex/Flock on transfer vinyl
Download the ScanNCut files (.fcm) →

  1. Download the ScanNCut files (.fcm) and save this onto a USB to plug directly into your ScanNCut machine.
  2. Install the Standard ScanNCut Blade into your ScanNCut by following the steps outlined in your machines quick reference guide.
  3. Place your Flex Fabric Transfer Media Sheet or Flock Fabric Transfer Media Sheet shiny side down onto a Standard Mat making sure it sticks well. Use the brayer/roller which is perfect for securing material firmly and evenly to the cutting mat. The last thing you want is your media moving when it’s cutting out your design.
  4. Load the mat into the ScanNCut by following the steps outlined in your machines quick reference guide (remember to hold the mat level while loading)
  5. Load the design from the USB and position the design on the mat so that it does not go close to the edge.
    Hint: If making multiple bandanas, add the same design multiple times to the one piece of vinyl and cut them out at the same time.
  6. Once you have the design lined up on the media, choose the ‘cut’ option. If you are unfamiliar with the medium don’t forget to do a test cut! Cutting a small hole in the corner of your mat is a lot less upsetting than cutting a large design straight through your mat. On the main screen choose the ‘test’ button. We usually use the ‘triangle or square’ test and place it in the top left-hand side corner of the mat.


    ScanNCut SDX1200
    When using Flex or Flock media we recommend using the “Half Cut” setting to cut through the first layer, this ensures the clear layer remains intact. We have kept the cut pressure at auto, and switched on the “Half Cut” option. If you find  the half cut is not cutting the first layer of media,  alter the Cut Pressure  to + 2.

    Note: this setting varies depending on the thickness and brand of media you are cutting. Refer to the cheat sheet on machine settings (page 9) in the  ScanNCut Educational Binder for further assistance.



    All other ScanNCut models
    Refer to the Echidna ScanNCut Educational Binder that came with the ScanNCut machine.  The cheat sheet on machine settings can be found on page 9. The binder will indicate the recommended pressure setting depending on the media used.  If you are unsure, we suggest undertaking a few test cuts to test the blade depth and quality of cutting before moving onto the next step.

  7. Once you are happy with the test cut, proceed with cutting out the design
  8. When the machine has completed cutting the design, unload the mat from the ScanNCut and gently peel back the flex or flock which should leave your design on the clear film.
  9. Cut down the clear film around your shape for easier manipulation and set aside

Putting the design onto the bandana

  1. Position the images one and a half inches from the folded edge of the bandana. IMG-0163
  2. Press/iron in placeIMG-0160
  3. Peel off clear plastic film



This sewalong will run from 1 – 31st August 2019. However, you can continue to donate to Children’s Cancer Support all year round.


The bandanas can be dropped in or posted to any of the Echidna stores or you can send them directly to the charity:

Childhood Cancer Support
87 Annerley Road

Be sure to include your name, postal address and contact details with your donation.

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