When I showed off these gorgeous clutch changing pads last week, I was thrilled that there were enough cute little scraps leftover to do some appliques. The fabric was sooo cute, and I was excited that it would make it onto a gift that the baby would wear too.
**If you're interested in any of these fabrics, I got them from Poppy Seed Fabrics here.**
(Also, for those of you who were interested in Patty Young's Sanctuary line last week, it is in now too, so check it out!)
Back to my lovely little scrap pile, to go with the boy changing pad, you really can't go wrong with a tie onesie. (I have a tutorial for making these here, if you missed it.) As long as one of your fabrics has a cute little pattern to it, chances are that it will make an adorable little tie!
For the girl, I cut out a few of these INCREDIBLY adorable little birdies, and put them on a onesie. So cute and sweet!!
Actually, I cut out several birdies and started attaching them to everything! Wouldn't it be so cute on a burp cloth, maybe with a monogram of the baby's initial as well? Since these aren't a present for someone immediately, I still have time to make up my mind about them. :)
I just started appliqueing a few months ago and now I love it! An easy way to make a personalized gift for a loved one, (especially a newborn or soon to be born loved one).
I've had a lot of trial and error along the way, so I thought I'd share some of my best tips, from one beginner to another.
Beginner Applique Tips
1.) Make a stitch cheat sheet. This is especially helpful if you are new to your machine and unfamiliar with the results that you'll get from changing up your settings. Grab a scrap piece of fabric and try out some different combinations of stitch length, width and tension, noting down on a piece of paper the settings as you try them out. As you go, you will see which combinations of settings give you the look you are going for, which don't, and which just aren't working. Star the ones that you like, and make yourself 2 little cheat sheets to keep: a scrap of fabric with an example of the stitch and a piece of paper where you've noted the settings.
My cheat sheets have my 6 favorite zig zag stitches on them. That way when I sit down to do an applique, I take a quick glance at the fabric to see what I'd like the outcome to be, set my sewing machine to the corresponding settings, and I'm off! No more guessing.
2.) Use a fusible webbing. This is the best way to keep your applique from slipping as you sew, especially the little edge pieces that like to shift around right when you are trying to secure them down. It is an extra step if you are used to just pinning down your applique, but it is so worth it for the design to stay exactly where you put it until it is sewn down.
3.) Use a pencil. When you are tracing your pattern onto the back of your fusible webbing, don't use a pen or marker! These can show through the material if it is a light colored fabric or bleed onto the material if you end up using a liquid No Fray. (Like on the inside triangle of this A! I loved this little onesie but all I can see is that blue pen bleeding through.) Just use a pen and spare your perfectionist self some heartache! :)
4.) Use a fabric stabilizer. If you are doing an applique on a stretchy material like a onesie or t-shirt, this gives you a sturdier base for sewing and keeps the fabric from getting stretched out and shifting around as you go. I typically use the tear away kind. I've heard that the water soluble stabilizer is great too, but I'm hesitant to wash something that I've just made as a gift. Anyone have any that they recommend?
5.) Reposition with needle down, and outside. If you need to stop and reposition your applique as you're going, make sure to stop the machine with the needle down on the OUTSIDE of the applique. Then you can reposition the fabric and not have any gaps in the stitching. (I made this mistake on the curves of this little a. I was sure to point out my mistakes to my friend when I gave her this gift. She still liked it, but I wish I had known this before!)
Well, are you ready to give it a shot?!
Does anyone have any more applique tips that they'd like to share? These were the first ones to make their way to my checklist, but I know there are dozens more! I'm still a sewing newbie, so please fill me in!
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