For more detailed information on Appliqué, check out my book Appliqué Made Easy: A Beginner’s Guide to Simple Appliqué Techniques
For this project I drew inspiration from a children’s book that my family loves. See if you can guess which book????
You will need to gather scraps for your appliqué project. As you can see, I didn’t use any of these fabrics; but, you get the idea.Since I will be making lots of these projects for my classes, I purchased a drop cloth to use as my backdrop. I also washed the drop cloth and bleached it to give it a better color. Otherwise, it is rather dingy. Since drop cloth tends to unravel, I serged all of the edges. You can also run a zigzag stitch around all of the raw edges and have the same effect. For this project you want something simple, so canvas or twill would work, as well.I’ve made a design template for you to use: Click this link to access the Alligator and Bird PDF
Go to the link above and print the pdf file. Next, cut out the template for the hill. Follow the directions on the package and fuse the back of your fabric with Heat ‘n Bond Lite fusible web. (affiliate) Peel off the backing then fuse to your fabric with an iron. This will keep the fabric from slipping around when sewing. Stitch down with either a straight stitch (which I used), zigzag, or any decorative stitch you prefer. I also used a heavier thread so mine would be more visible.Next, cut out the alligator and apply fusible webbing to the back of fabric. Place the alligator where you want it, then add a little bit of rickrack for his back. Iron down the alligator, making sure that you catch the rickrack.
With a water soluble marker or Frixion heat removable pen, make a smile on your alligator’s face. (affiliates) This will help with the stitching.Starting at the inside corner of his mouth, begin stitching around your alligator. Be creative and have fun with this.Next, apply fusible webbing to the back of your bird fabric. Place the bird 1” above the alligator to leave room for it’s skinny little legs.With a removable fabric marker, draw the bird’s legs and wing.Beginning with he right leg, stitch around your bird. Be sure to stitch the wing, too. Cut out as many clouds as you desire and add fusible webbing to the back. Lay onto your scene, then iron in place.Stitch around your clouds.Now, add a button for each eye. I like to tape mine in place and then sew them on the machine. Feel free to hand sew them, as well.Now you’re done. You can make this into a pillow or frame it for a wall hanging. It would also make a great taggie.Tah dah! It’s supposed to be Lyle the Crocodile. I know he’s a crocodile, I was just trying to see if you could guess!
I’ve included a short applique video to quickly explain.