How to Applique

Have you ever wanted to learn How to Appliqué? It’s easier than you think.
Appliqué is a fun way to express yourself. Learn How to Applique by following these simple steps. It's easier than you think. - The Seasoned Homemaker

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.Appliqué is a fun way to express yourself. Learn How to Applique by following these simple steps. It's easier than you think. - The Seasoned HomemakerSince 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. Appliqué is a fun way to express yourself. Learn How to Applique by following these simple steps. It's easier than you think. - The Seasoned HomemakerSince 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.Appliqué is a fun way to express yourself. Learn How to Applique by following these simple steps. It's easier than you think. - The Seasoned HomemakerI’ve made a design template for you to use:  Click this link to access the Alligator and Bird PDF

Appliqué is a fun way to express yourself. Learn How to Applique by following these simple steps. It's easier than you think. - The Seasoned HomemakerGo 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. I’ve made a design template that you can accessStitch 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.I’ve made a design template that you can accessNext, 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.I’ve made a design template that you can access

Appliqué is a fun way to express yourself. Learn How to Applique by following these simple steps. It's easier than you think. - The Seasoned HomemakerWith a water soluble marker or Frixion heat removable pen, make a smile on your alligator’s face. (affiliates) This will help with the stitching.Appliqué is a fun way to express yourself with sewing. Learn How to Applique by following these simple steps. It's easier than you think. sewing | how to sewStarting at the inside corner of his mouth, begin stitching around your alligator. Be creative and have fun with this.Appliqué is a fun way to express yourself with sewing. Learn How to Applique by following these simple steps. It's easier than you think. sewing | how to sewNext, 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.Appliqué is a fun way to express yourself with sewing. Learn How to Applique by following these simple steps. It's easier than you think. sewing | how to sewWith a removable fabric marker, draw the bird’s legs and wing.Appliqué is a fun way to express yourself with sewing. Learn How to Applique by following these simple steps. It's easier than you think. sewing | how to sewBeginning 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.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.Cut out as many clouds as you desire and add fusible webbing to the back. Lay onto your scene, then iron in place.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.Cut out as many clouds as you desire and add fusible webbing to the back. Lay onto your scene, then iron in place.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.Cut out as many clouds as you desire and add fusible webbing to the back. Lay onto your scene, then iron in place.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!How to AppliqueFor more appliqué ideas follow my Adventures in Applique Pinterest Board

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Comments

  1. says

    I guessed Lyle the Crocodile right away! :) Love that you used the ric rac for his back and I LOVE your button taping tip … I’ve never thought to do that before. I’m pinning that tip so I don’t forget. Thanks for sharing at Project Inspire{d}!

  2. says

    Hey Girl! It’s Deonna from the Child at Heart blog. I was just stopping by to say hello! I’m pinning this to my sewing for beginners board because I could benefit from reading this as well as my other followers. Thank you! Have a joyful week!

  3. says

    Simple tutorial to follow, thanks! I haven’t done a lot of applique, so I might need to try again sometime. :) Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Wind-Down party, be sure to link back to us so you can be featured! =)

  4. says

    I love this tutorial, and you’ve inspired me to do do some applique, yay! Off to see more of your blog, by the looks of the picture links, it gets better and better!

    ~Allie

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