Appliqués are one of the easiest ways to embellish children’s clothing. Add to tees, hats, jeans or onesies to give them instant pop!
This tutorial will show you a few ways of achieving buckle free appliques.
- A few helpful tools are : Stitch-N-Tear Pellon, a walking foot for your sewing machine & a light weight interfacing.
- Cut your shape, press free of creases and then add your interfacing.
- Pin a piece of Pellon, larger than your shape to the reverse side of the fabric. This acts as a stabilizer. It has a texture very similar to interfacing but it does not iron on. Using an interfacing is fine if you don’t have Pellon.
- Position your appliqué and pin.
- Look for your applique stitch on your instructions panel. It may just be your zig zag option. The stitch length will be lower in number.
- Swap over to a walking foot if you have one and do a few practise strips of stitching to ensure you have the right size. If you don’t have a walking foot, loosening the pressure dial may help eliminate your fabric from puckering as it reduces the foots pressure as it feeds.
- The applique edge should sit in the middle of your foot attachment.
- When you get you corners, place your needle down into the fabric, lift foot, pivot.
- Once completed, turn your fabric over and tear or cut away your stabilizer.
- You will just be left with the outline.
- Press from the top.
This was a guest post by Jodie Maloni of The Haby Goddess. If you are a beginner sewer and would like to learn more techniques just like this one, visit Jodie’s Sew School Online for all details of her 6 week online sewing course beginning 8th October, 2012