tutorial:: how to applique


so this is the “oh crap i have company coming over tonight and i need to make something holiday-ish looking” applique tutorial. it’s not my favorite looking applique technique but it gets the job done. maybe some other time i can show you “i’ve got time on my hands cause my husband is watching football and i can do this while i sit there with him” technique. so off to the tutorial:

go get yourself some heat and bond iron on adhesive (i like ultra heavy duty one cause that makes sure it’s stuck on there for good) get some cute orange fabric and some scraps of green for the stems. oh and a background fabric, i chose tan, because i wanted a black frame, but if you make it into a pillow i would suggest black, the pumpkins “pop” with color when you have a black background.
okay first make some pumpkin and stem templates out of paper. and before you say i can’t draw a pumpkin look how derange mine are and say “yes i can make ugly looking pumpkins just like v” trust me they wont look ugly when they are done. trace onto your heat and bond on the PAPER side, cut them out leaving and edge around your drawing (it makes it easier to cut with the paper instead of right up to the paper) you’ll see…
iron on to the wrong side of you fabric (paper side up to your iron, cause if you do it the other way your iron will have a huge glue-y mess.)
do the same to the stems and iron on…

cut our your shape by cutting on the penciled lines, turn it around and oh look it’s cute, sort of…
next peel off the paper and you have a plastic coating on the back of your pumpkins and stems.
place them on your background fabric (make sure your stems are a little behind your pumpkins) iron on top till they don’t budge.
place in a frame and display! now you’re all festive and can have company over! if you make one let me know and show me a pic! i would love to see your creation!
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