We're going to talk about applique today. It's the art of attaching one piece of fabric to another for decorative purposes. You can use this technique to make a cute blue skirt down right adorable by adding a wiener dog.
I use fusible webbing or "Wonder Under". It's basically a big sheet of paper with an adhesive that you activate with an iron.
HINT: I always use spray starch on all my pieces. It gives a more professional result.
Step 1: Iron the wonder under (paper side toward the iron) to the WRONG side of the fabric. Do not use steam!
Step 2: Trace your shape onto the paper and cut it out.
Step 3: When the paper is completely cooled, carefully tear off the paper backing.
Step 4: Place the applique shape on top of bottom fabric and iron (no steam). If it is just for a wall hanging or something that you won't wash, you can stop here. However, if you making clothes, you will need to stitch it into place.
If you are using a fabric that doesn't fray a lot -like a knit or felt, you can just use a normal stitch, like I did with this carrot pillow.
If I am sewing clothing, I like to use a tight zig-zag stitch. Line up the edge of your applique with the needle.
Every machine is different, but lower your thread tension to about a 3.
Change your stitch width. If you have a large applique, you may want to go wider, but for this project I set it at a "2".
Also adjust your stitch length. The smaller the stitch length the tighter together it will look. Practice on some scraps-I went with a 1.0 (can you see my typo?).
You can also use stabilizer. It's that paper fabric on the inside of all your embroidered sweatshirts. Do you see how my trial piece looks a little wavy? This could have been avoided by placing a piece of stabilizer behind the bottom fabric. It would have also helped if I wasn't rushing our the door to piano:)
I used one of my patterns from Ruby Jean's Closet to make these cute little skirts for my nieces. Wiener dogs crack me up and I love how it's long body wraps all the way around the body.
This is my first time to sew w/ a PDF pattern and I couldn't be more impressed. There are ridiculously detailed pictures and instructions with each and every step. If you want to learn to sew, but have been nervous, try-out one of her patterns.
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