Tag Archives: Applique

Altered Hoodie Top ~ Appliqué Style

I am exploring this world of altering clothes. Amazing. 

I found this hoodie in my favourite supermarket in their bargain bins. It has a large motif reminiscent of the Olympics. At £1.99 it was a steal and I was sure I could cover over the pattern.

I am new to appliqué and slowly discovering the tricks and techniques. I’ve worked out the bonda web and I’m now experimenting with stitches. My machine has an appliqué setting which I used for this top.

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If you have any items of clothing that would benefit from a little appliqué love or you just want to spruce something up,  join me:

→ item to appliqué
→ sewing machine or your fair hands, needle and thread
→ bonda web
→ fabric
→ iron
→ box of maltesers

Measure out the fabric you need and the shape you wish to appliqué.

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Cut out bonda web the same size as your fabric pieces.

Iron the rough side of the bonda web to your fabric shape. Once it has adhered peel off the backing

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Iron the shape onto the main piece of fabric and stitch closely around the edge.

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Keep banda webbing and stitching the pieces together until voilà

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Hee hee, excuse the cheesy rose. I don’t know what came over me!

Do, do, please do, give me appliqué tips…can you use different stitches? The zigzag seems just a bit cumbersome. And my biggest fear is the fraying.  Quelle horreur!

I’ll keep you posted on any other appliqué projects.

♡naomi

Tweet Tweet Little T-shirt Bird

These dear little t-shirts are gifts for little ladies. I did make another but I forgot to photograph it before it was wrapped and sent.

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My sewing machine had a little rebellion whilst sewing the ribbon legs on one of the t-shirts.  Very frustrating.  Other than that they were fun to make.

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I accidentally forgot to switch from a zigzag stitch however this seemed to be a better way to attach the felt to the t-shirt. Happy mistake!

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Have a lovely Christmas Eve

♡naomi

Lightening McQueen ~ A Sewing Project

My darling godson turned 3. What to get him I thought…I scoured the shops, picked up toys, flicked through books but nothing stood out and grabbed me.

Something homemade I decided. A t-shirt…no, a hat…no. then boom, the idea was lodged… I wanted to make him a soft snuggly Disney Cars character. A pillow slash bedtime snuggly or just a huge fun car to play with.

Now my daughter went through her car/vehicle/truck phase when she was 1-2 years old and we are firmly in doll, baby, sylvanian family zone with no end in sight. So I have no idea about these car personalities. I think [hope] the red car is the main guy. He certainly seemed to be on Google images!

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I set about drawing him just to get a feel for the proportions and style. I then mocked up a paper version to form a vague pattern and went from there.

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I’d love to give you steps but I went with the flow and there is no way I could retell his life history.

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We hit a few bumps with the wheels [pun intended!] but overall he and I got on well. He was a cheeky fellow at times but forgiving and I made sure I filled him full of love, hugs and kisses.

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Now to wrap him up for the birthday boy x

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It always fun when you manage to translate something from mind to creation that looks similar to how you imagined.

Right I’m off to watch the Twilight Breaking Dawn part one. [Yes, I know. I never saw myself as a Twihard either and yes I know the writing is clunky, the relationship dynamics can be criticised, and Bella’s character is not role inspiring for our girls. But. It has provided me some delightful escapism when I’ve really needed it, and I loved it! So there!] Off to indulge [and in case you were wondering – totally Camp Edward]

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Have a lovely week lovelies
naomi ♡

Dinosaur Applique T-shirt

I’m on a roll!  I’ve just tried a little dinosaur t-shirt and it’s sweet. I did the exactly the same as the tractor t-shirt but instead cut out a raaa dinosaur.

I decided to go for a stegosauras for the first attempt. Good shape and nice detail with the scales (is that what they’re called?!)

Challenge: Easy to moderate depending on confidence with a sewing machine

Time: 1 hr

Equipment:
→ T-shirt
→ Felt in two contrasting colours
→ Dinosaur drawing
→ Thread the colour of your felt
→ Paper
→ Scissors
→ Pencil
→ Tiny bead for eye

Here are some photo instructions:

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1. Draw out dinosaur design. See my pinterest Applique Board and Dinosaur Board for ideas.

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2. Cut out your felt and pin to t-shirt.

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3. I sewed a line at the bottom of the scales so that they lift off the t-shirt nicely and gives it a little depth [plus you don’t have to sew around those awkward shapes]

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4. Sew on tiny bead for dinosaur eye

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5. Admire and enjoy your dinosaur t-shirt

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Tip:
Don’t forget to change thread and bobbin for the colours that match your felt!

enjoy, naomi ♡

T-Shirt Applique ~ Tractor

Its a homemade Christmas chez moi this year. I’ll be posting lots of t-shirt gifts in the next few weeks.
Here is the first t-shirt project.
☆I have never appliqued before so any advice would be warmly welcome. I am unsure how to bond/adhere fabric to fabric (wonderweb/fabric glue/simply sewing?).☆

Okay so here goes for tractor t-shirts:

Challenge: moderate to easy depending on your confidence with a sewing machine.

Time: 1 and a half hours [it’s always hard to tell as I’m usually doing a couple of things at once. I need to start putting on a timer!].

Equipment:
→ T-shirts
→ Felt [Tiger have packs of 5 sheets for £ 1 at the moment]
→ Thread the colour of your felt
→ Buttons
→ Pins
→ Scissors [fabric and paper]
→ Paper
→ Pencil

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1. Draw a tractor that fits your t-shirt. Cut out design.

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2. Pin design to felt. Cut out.

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3. Pin felt design to t-shirt and sew carefully around the edges of your felt design.

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4. Remove pins and admire handywork

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5. Sew buttons to tractor wheels.

Tip
Remember to keep checking that the back of the t-shirt doesn’t get caught whilst stitching. You don’t want to sew the front and back together!

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Show me your designs and finished products. Plus any advice on applique skills and techniques.