Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Felt Appliqué Tutorial...

A few people asked how I did the felt appliqué on Willow's library bag, I used same the technique for the merry cushion last year so here is a quick explanation of what you need & how to do it.

Firstly you will need:
a computer & printer
sewing machine
wool felt
sewing thread that matches your felt
a needle & scissors
some newspaper
a sharpie marker or similar
basting spray (505 or similar)
fabric to appliqué your felt to

Optional:
a ruler & water soluble marker

bits & pieces

The first step is to print out the word you want to appliqué. I used the brush script font, but you could use any font you want. Cut out the word carefully, this can be quite fiddly, but take your time.


Place the word face down on the felt & trace around it with a pen. You can use a marker (or anything else that is easy to see) as you are going to cut the pen make away. Be extra careful cutting out the centre of letters & don't forget any i or j dots!

spray

Once you have cut out your felt place it (still face down) on some newspaper & give it a light spray with some basting spray.


Whilst it is tacky, place it in position on your fabric, you can gently adjust it's position until it is right. If you are worried about getting it straight on your fabric, use a water soluble marker & a ruler to mark a line for you to position it on.

sew

Now it is time to head to your sewing machine. Thread your machine with thread that matches your felt & line up your needle so that it is about 1-2 mms in from the edge of your felt- it doesn't matter where you start. Very slowly start sewing, making sure that you try to stay 1-2 mms in from the edge of the felt. Take your time. Stop sewing, raise your presser foot & adjust your fabric, especially when going around tight curves. The slower you go the less likely you are to veer off the felt. Once you get back to where you started, cut your thread, leaving a tail about 10cms long. Now go back & repeat the process for the inside of any letters that you need to do & any j or i dots.


Once you have finished all the machine sewing take a hand sewing needles & pass all the threads through to the back of your work, tie them off & them cut them so the back of your work is neat & secure.

back

Now flip your handiwork over & admire...

I hope this tutorial was helpful, i'd love to see any felt appliqué you do.


25 comments:

Bianca Jae Makes Stuff said...

FANTASTIC!! Excellent tutorial! Very clear. Can't wait to have the time to try it out! xox

Kirsty said...

Lovely & a great how to.

Jodie said...

Great tutorial! Love the tip about passing all the threads through to the back.

objectsofwhimsy said...

excellent tute!
Im going to have a go this weekend.
Thanks!

two little buttons said...

great tutorial, thanks. i think i will give it a go.

Belinda said...

Thanks for the tutorial Christie, looks great!

Leni and Rose said...

Unreal! I was just about to comment on your previous post asking how you did it - clicked over and voila, here it is!! I love it!

One Flew Over said...

A great tutorial Chris!

Holly said...

Such a great tutorial! I love how you explained the stitching part as I think that's where people slip up the most. Slow and steady!

Applique is a big sickness with me - I'm addicted! I don't have a printer though, so instead of printing off my motif I grab some kitchen paper and trace my motif straight off the computer screen! Then I pin it to my fabric and cut out the motif through the thin kitchen paper - and you're left with a motif in material and a motif in paper for you to save for later :)

~Holly

Teek said...

GREAT tutorial!!! I too love the trick with passing the thread to the back. Clever lady!!!!

2paw said...

I love your felt applique word, it's great!!

Mama Mogantosh said...

Thanks! Hasve filed away and will show you when I get to it. Such clear instructions.

gret said...

Fantastic tutorial Christie. Thank you!!ps. I love your library bag too. :-)

Andi said...

I was wondering how you did Willow's name so beautifully on her library bag.
Great tutorial.
Thanks,
Andi x

Catherine Hansen Peart said...

That is a really excellent, clear tutorial. Thanks!

Ginger said...

Outstanding tutorial! Loved how you taught us how ,thank you so much!

Mel said...

Thanks Christie! I missed the library bag but it looks super! I too would have asked for a how to ;)

Sarah said...

Thank you very much for this! I see the sewing on bit being the most fiddly... Your work is so perfect!

Corrie said...

gorgeous! thanks for sharing, love it!

corrie:)

Wendy said...

I love the name in cursive! And your pictures are so nice.

It's funny because last year I did pretty much the same thing, personalized library bags, to give as gifts. I've used that trick to pass the thread from the front to back, but I try to forget that I know it because it takes too much time to do it on individual letters. Thus the brilliance of the cursive. I am so doing it next time!

Also, not sure if you put them on your library bag, but all of ours have tiny little pockets for their library cards.

http://wisdomofthemoon.blogspot.com/2009/03/tutorial-personalized-library-book-bag.html

Jelly Wares said...

This looks Great!!! Thanks for sharing your 'how-to'....

Jodie :)

running thread said...

Thanks for sharing. Easy to follow your tutorial.

Lady Ren said...

What a very nice looking idea.

Sandy said...

i really like this! i've been hemming and hawing about using iron on for a project, but i think i will give this a try instead! thanks

elise said...

Oh thanks! Just what I was looking for.