Saturday, December 11, 2010


I have discovered the world of applique! I am making a book for my granddaughter...she is visiting this christmas from out west. This book I discovered is full of applique so I channeled the help of my friend, Rachel, who is expert at these types of things, and set out to make this book.

First you trace your pattern onto fusible web, but trace it backwards! I learned that lesson the hard way! I used paper for tracing patterns onto fabric with a stylus and it seemed to work fine.

Then cut out your pattern and iron it onto the wrong side of the fabric you are using. This is not a very good picture but you can see the letters on the fabric near the bottom.

Then you cut them out again! This time they have the fabric attached. Peel the paper off the fusible web and place the pattern on your layout where you want them and then iron down.

Once they are ironed down in place you need to sew around the pattern pieces. I used a zig zag stitch but a blanket stitch is very nice too and is what my friend Rachel uses.

Once you have the sewing done voila! you have your applique. Here is the front and back cover of my book. I still have to embroider on the eyes of the teddy bear and the mouth.