Get creative with appliqués

Adding an appliqué to projects is easy and the possibilities are endless.
They are great for using up scrap pieces of fabric and can turn a cheap, plain item into something great.
Here are some quick tips to get you started.

If you can't come up with your own design, try clip art, letters & numbers on Word.  Just enlarge them to the size required.  Or do what I did, I used a sticker from Picnik.   

Cut out your paper design and trace onto your fabric pieces with a erasable fabric pen or tailors chalk.
Set out your design on the garment and add a stabilizer.  See this guide from a previous post to help determine which one is best to use for your fabric.

I always add Steam-a-Seam to the fabric pieces and press them into place. It's up to you then whether or not you sew around the fabric edges.
Be adventureous!!! Fray some edges, use zig zag or a decorative stitch and layering also adds a great effect. Add buttons, ribbons or beads.

Be inspired by these other appliqué idea's
Hedgehog and Mushroom by The Applique Finery
Buy the template from Angel Lea Designs
This is a gorgeous example of reverse appliqué by Tractor Girl

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