Saturday, 26 December 2015

How to Apply an Appliqué in 10 Easy Steps

Step 1:
Trace each appliqué piece onto the paper side of your fusible webbing.  Leave approximately 1/2" between each pattern piece.
Step 2:
Cut out the traced pieces .  Be sure to leave approximately 1/4" of extra webbing around each piece.

Step 3:
Position the fusible webbing pattern pieces onto the wrong side of your appliqué fabric.  Use your iron to fuse the pieces.  Do not use steam.

Step 4:
Cut out the pieces along the traced lines.

Step 5:
Remove the paper backing and position the appliqué pieces onto your project, with the webbing side down.  Layer the pieces as directed by the placement guide.

Step 6:
Place a pressing cloth over the appliqué design and fuse with an iron, following the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 7:
Cut a piece of stabilizer that is approximately 1.5" - 2" bigger than the appliqué design.  Position the stabilizer on the wrong side of your project fabric, underneath the appliqué.  Use pins or baste the stabilizer in into position.

Step 8:

Set your machine to a zigzag stitch and stitch around the appliqué.  You can use coordinating thread or contrasting thread, depending on the project and the look you wish to achieve.  You can also change the thread colour for each appliqué piece, as desired.

Step 9:
Remove pins or basting stitches from stabilizer and trim stabilizer as close to stitching as possible without cutting through the project fabric.

Step 10:
If applicable, apply finishing touches to project - this could include sewing on extra trims and notions, or drawing on accents with a fabric marker.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Fabric Flower Boutonniere

As you may already know if you've been following my posts, I love to find ways to use up all of the scrap fabric I have.  That's why was really pleased to learn how to make this adorable fabric flower, which I turned into a boutonniere by sewing a felt circle with a bar pin to the back of it.  My boutonniere is a mix of plaid, lace and a mix of other novelty fabrics I found in my scrap bin.  I love to wear my new accessory with my black winter coat.

Monday, 14 December 2015

Repurposed Sweater

I had a sweater dress that I'd worn for a few years, but was becoming bored of, so I decided it was time for a change.  On a whim, I cut the sweater open, right down the center.  After serging the raw edges, I thought about what I could do to change up the look of the old sweater dress a little bit.  I finally decided to use a black lace trim that I've had stored away in my sewing closet for a while.  I hand sewed the trim to the edge of the new opening, and around the neckline, and was pleased with the look my "new" winter cardigan.