Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Applique Tutorial & Giveaway Part 1



First you'll need to go over to my website and download your free pattern. Click HERE and look for the image with the little mug and marshmallow fluff. I've given it to you in a JPEG & PDF so that you can use whichever you like better. Then gather your list of supplies:

Background fabric, at least 12" square for easy stitching
Fabric scraps for appliques
Paper-backed fusible webbing
Embroidery floss
Cardstock (for printing out pattern pieces)
Fabric marking pen or chalk pencil (for marking fabrics)
Ink pen or pencil (for tracing patterns)
Iron & ironing board
5 inch embroidery hoop

Preparing your applique:
1. Print out your pattern pieces and cut out. Cardstock works best because it's easier to trace around than paper.

2. Cut your paper-backed fusible webbing just a little bit larger than your pattern pieces. 

3. Flip your pattern pieces upside down and trace them to the paper side of your fusible webbing. Fuse these to the backside of the fabric scraps you have chosen for your appliques. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the fusible webbing you are using.

4. Make the appliques by cutting on the traced lines.

5. Make sure that the adhesive side is face down and fuse the applique fabrics to the center of your background fabric. The upper edge of the mug will slightly overlap the marshmallow fluff. Mark your applique with your stitching lines.

6. Place the fabric in the hoop centering the area you will be stitching.

7. Cut off a piece of floss about 18" long. Separate the floss into 3 strand sections. I'm using 3 strands of floss for my demonstrations. I always use 3 strands when stitching around my appliques.

Put these to the side for now because we'll be learning our first two stitches in a few days. If you already know how to stitch, follow us along for the fun of it and make a potholder or wall hanging from your applique. 

NOTE: I've mentioned this before, but please keep your threads away from your pets! When they ingest long threads, it can become fatal. Not only am I a pattern designer, I also work for a vet and I see this a lot. Unfortunately it "slices" through their digestive systems. I'm constantly scanning my sewing room and myself to make sure there are no threads left behind.

Now that you've gathered your supplies and put them in a safe place, come back in a few days and get started. 

Run over to my website and download your free pattern! Look for the image below when you get to my website. 

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4


  1. Good morning! I love your patterns and designs and would love to win your giveaway :) We also have some things in common: my grandma helped me learn much of my sewing ability as a child, and I have some spoiled furbabies lol

    Okay, my first entry is: I followed your blog :)

  2. Next entry: I have liked your Facebook page -- actually had already done that :)

  3. Next entry: I followed you on pinterest :)

  4. Next entry: My favorite pattern from craftsy is the dog and bones mat. My second favorite are the needle cases with cat, dog and owl. I have gotten those for myself already and love them :)

  5. I LIKE you on Facebook (and off Facebook, too).

  6. What a fun giveaway!
    I like your Facebook page :)

  7. I adore your Pet Christmas Stockings :)

  8. I've been wanting to learn to do some applique you must have read my mind. I just pinned this post.

  9. I'm already a follower of your blog too

  10. I have followed all of your boards on Pinterest (We Live Inspired!)

  11. I have pinned your giveaway on pinterest

  12. I had a really hard time choosing just ONE pattern on your shop. You have some cute stuff!! It was really hard for me to choose between the owl& the kitty cat or bath time fun. I choose bath time fun if I had to pick just one favorite.

    My contact info is Rebekah at weliveinspired , email

  13. I just shared a link to your giveaway on my blog's facebook page for another entry. To verify, here is my blog's facebook page:

  14. I Like you on Facebook!
    leannlafave (at) hotmail (dot) com

  15. Already a follower of your blog and just liked your new Etsy shop. Adore your whimsical designs.

  16. Just liked your FB page.

  17. Posted your blog and contest to my FB page.

  18. Choosing one pattern was by far the most "difficult" task. The cat and dog applique won my heart though.

  19. Very good info. Lucky me I came across your blog by accident (stumbleupon).

    I've book marked it for later!

    Here is my web site:


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