Basic Applique Embellishment

April 3, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

Totally Stitchin': Applique Tutorial

You can easily add a cute little applique to your baby gifts or other projects, and I am going to show you how with this little tutorial! May I just add, I’m not an expert on sewing machine applique, but, it’s fun and it looks cute! If you have any tips/ideas or other techniques you’d like to share, please kindly do so in the comments section!

Here’s how I embellished one of my Serged Baby Receiving Blankets.

Totally Stitchin': Applique Tutorial

I just free-hand drew my letter to be appliqued (create a pattern and cut on top of the fabric ensuring that your letter will not be cut out backwards). You can also trace letters or print letters out. After I cut my H, I placed it top-side-up on some fusible webbing and cut out around my letter.

Side note: I’ve also heard of people stabilizing the backside of their projects as well, but, I found this unnecessary for my project. If you are unsure about it, it’s always a good idea to do a test run first on some fabric scraps!

Totally Stitchin': Applique Tutorial

Then, keeping the letter and fusible webbing together, I placed my letter on my project and heat pressed it with my iron to fuse the letter to the blanket to keep it in place and avoid some fraying (so, take note, the fusible webbing is placed between the letter and the project).

Totally Stitchin': Applique Tutorial

I chose my blanket stitch to applique my letter down (you can adjust the settings if need be; I like the small standard settings).

Totally Stitchin': Applique Tutorial

I also used the open toe clear foot for more visibility! Start your needle even with the edge of the letter (reinforce stitch first) and then, begin! Take your time and have fun with it (practice a couple times before your actual project)! Keep the straight stitch just barely to the right of the letter and let the horizontal stitch bite into your letter or design.

Totally Stitchin': Applique Tutorial

The corners can be tricky…you have to play with those! Again, it’s best to practice turning corners, so you can get used to how your stitch is going to flow with pivoting!

Totally Stitchin': Applique Tutorial

After you have stitched all the way around your letter or design, you’re done!

There are other ways and techniques to applique:

Totally Stitchin': Applique Tutorial

 

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