Sunday, August 8, 2010

Tutorial - Using Applique to Embellish Clothing

Why are BRAND NEW CLOTHES such a MAGNET for spots and stains? It drives me crazy, but by using a simple applique, you can not only cover those stains, but personalize any article of clothing....AND it's easy! Today I am going to show you (in 2 parts) how to use applique to embellish really anything (stained or not!).

Materials Needed:
Clothing (shirt, dress, bag, etc)
Fabric Scrap
Steam a Seam 2 (or other applique adhesive, found at fabric shops)

*Extras-hand sew on buttons or ribbon trims, use decorative stitches with a sewing machine!

1. Cut out rough shape for fabric applique
2. Peel off 1 paper backer of Steam a Seam and press fabric onto adhesive
3. Cut out desired shape (can also use a die cutter machine!)
4. Peel off 2nd paper backer and position applique onto clothing
5. Use hot iron and press for 10-15 seconds (check instructions for exact timing)

Use zig zag stitch and machine sew along edges of applique
Hand sew on buttons or ribbon bow trims.

Part 1 Video shows basic applique:

Part 2 Video shows optional embellishments (machine sewing and button details):

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