Hey everyone Brooke here! You all are asking me about sharing some of my sewing knowledge with you. Well not only will I help you out by posting about a bunch of resources I have, but I am going to do a bunch of tutorials, as well. This is my first, for the process I use to do applique. I also plan on doing tutorials on how to make a pillowcase, kid's pants, and curtains. If there is anything SPECIFIC you would love to see or know how to make, please feel free to ask over on the Facebook page, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now, on with the GOOD stuff. For this project you will need the following:
UnderWonder fusable interfacing
sewing machine threaded with color you would like to be seen (or not seen) on the finished applique
template for shape (there are a ton on this site)
item to be appliqued on (in this case tee shirts, but you can so pants, skirts, towels, whatever)
fabric to MAKE the applique on (fleece and flannel do not fray as much, if you are worried about that..)
For this project I decided to make some cute toddler tees with skull ties on the front. I did not have a tie pattern that I really liked, so I actually just made my own.
Essentially at this point, you have created an iron-on patch. The only difference between this patch, and those you can buy at a store, is that yours is in a cool print, a cool shape, and therefore more awesome then the retail ones. Also? You will have to tear off the paper backing, do so carefully. If you find the fusible webbing is not bonded firmly to the cotton, and this point, you can lay the paper back on the cotton, and re-iron it. Please be careful to not get the fusible gunk on your iron, it is crazy hard to get off your finished product.
Now, step back, and admire your sewing prowess! This is so simple, you can even have older kids help you. My 11 year old appliques totes for his teachers last year, and has also done funky patches on a few pairs of pants!
Brooke is the owner and designer of Brooke Van Gory Designs, creating custom diaper bags, and handbags. She resides in Chicago with her two boys, and hubby.