How to Applique

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Inside: How to Applique

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Have you ever wanted to learn How to Appliqué? It’s easier than you think.

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????

How to Applique

Step 1: Gather Supplies

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.

drop cloth

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.

dropcloth layed out

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.

Step 2: Access Design

I’ve made a design template for you to use:  Click this link to access the Alligator and Bird PDF

alligator design with bird and cloud

Step 3: Add Hill

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..

Peel off the backing then fuse to your fabric with an iron. This will keep the fabric from slipping around when sewing. 

brown fabric hill

Step 4: Stitch Hill

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.

stitch down hill

Step 5: Add Alligator

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.

add alligator
insert rickrack

Step 6: Adding Details

With a water soluble marker make a smile on your alligator’s face. (affiliates).

add smile

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.

stitch around alligator

Step 7: Add Bird and Clouds

Next, apply fusible webbing to the back of your bird fabric. Place the bird 1” above the alligator to leave room for its skinny little legs.

add bird

With a removable fabric marker, draw the bird’s legs and wing. 

add details to bird

Beginning with the right leg, stitch around your bird. Be sure to stitch the wing, too.

Cut out as many clouds as desired and add a fusible adhesive product to the back. Lay onto your scene and iron in place. Stitch around your clouds.

add clouds
stitch around bird and clouds

Step 8: Add Eyes

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.

tape buttons on as eyes

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!

finished design with Lyle books
turned into pillow

Learn more with this Applique Video

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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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!


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