Adding an Appliqué to Clothing

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By Sewing Contributor Jessica, from the blog “Life Sew Good”. 

Making your own appliqué is not hard, but it does take some practice to make it look good.  To make your own appliqué, all you need is Heat & Bond, fabric of your choice and something that needs embellishing!

Here’s what you need:

  • Heat & Bond—make sure it’s the kind you can sew on
  • Fabric that you want to use as part of your appliqué  **Make sure you pre-wash it!!
  • Scissors, Iron, sewing machine
  • Clothing, towel, bag or anything you want to appliqué on!

1. Cut out a piece of fabric you want to use for your appliqué.  I found this bird & love it! Notice I decided to keep the fabric between the legs.  I decided that they are small enough that they would get when I sewed between them; thus, easier and better looking in the end if I left it.

2. Using your Heat & Bond’s instructions, apply your piece to your project.

3. Here’s the harder part that sometimes takes some practice. You need to choose a stitch to sew around the edges of your appliqué. You have some options. If your machine is pretty basic with few stitches, go for a zig-zag. If you have lots of options, you may want to play with what you think looks best. I chose to use #11 on my machine. After using different stitches, it was my favorite.

4. Starting in a less-conspicuous spot of your design, sew around the entire outer edge, making sure your stitches are always catching your appliqué.

Here’s another example of an appliqué a friend did on a towel:

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