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Happy Sewing Month! I was going to write a fun historical fact about sewing, but nothing was really all that…fun. Sewing? Awesome. History of sewing? Snooze-fest.
But I’m planning some fun stuff for you all in honor of National Sewing Month, so get excited! And if you’re at all curious, pay attention to today’s tutorial.
A tshirt, onesie, or whatever fabric you’re going to put the applique on
Fabric(s) to create your applique
Wonder Under or other fusible adhesive paper (like Fuse2Fuse or Heat N Bond, but I like Wonder Under)
Lightweight fusible webbing
To create your applique:
First, create a template. I use the cardboard on cereal boxes. You can freehand draw it, print something out on your computer, or use one of my templates (found in the templates link) then cut it out. If you are creating a more complex applique, make sure to cut out each piece. Then take out your fabric(s) and put the adhesive paper glue-side down (you can feel its more rough.) Iron the paper on the fabric on a medium-hot heat, holding the iron in one spot for at least 5 seconds. Let it cool. Then trace the template (reverse side up) onto the paper, which makes it very easy to cut out. Cut our your pieces and when you’re ready to iron, peel back the paper!
I’ll demonstrate a stacked applique. First layer is the background. Iron.
Add the body. Iron.
I add more body parts, which gives the applique a lot of depth. Iron again!
Last things, eyes, beak, brown wings. Iron again.
This step is important: Turn the garment inside-out and cut a square of fusible webbing the size of your applique. Iron glue-side down. This will reinforce the fabric since it will be sewn quite a bit.
Preparing to sew: Get your thread color of choice and white bobbin thread (if you want it to blend in with the white shirt.) Find the stitch settings you want to use on your machine. This is what the applique stitch looks like (#28.)
I also like to use #5 and #8 (zigzag.) Sometimes I use a plain stitch, for more detailed appliques, like the White Tree Onesie.
You might want to test out the stitches on scrap fabric first. But once you get the hang of the applique stitch, it’s fun to use. Pretty simple and hard to mess up. Just make sure that the applique is always to the left of the needle, since that’s where the inner stitch will go.
This is after I’ve gone around everything with the applique stitch. I didn’t do it on the fuzzy white fabric, since on the wings it was secure enough and I’m going to put buttons on the eyes. I just need to add a stitch around the border.
I did a #5 stitch in pink around the edge, and now I’m using the machine to put on my buttons. How to do this: Align the button and fabric under the foot so the holes are where the needle drops. Then, drop the feed dog, put the stitch to zigzag and tinker with the stitch width until you find the appropriate length between the button holes (do this by using the hand wheel.) Once the needle has found its way into either hole a couple times, try sewing with your foot petal or start button on a slow speed. I love doing buttons this way!
Clip all your threads (remember the ones on the inside!) You’re done!
Now go applique away!
P.S. Do you want to applique this owl? You can purchase the applique kit HERE
P.P.S. I have just added new templates to the Templates page!