Sewology Sunday - Machine Appliqué August 10 2014, 0 Comments

This tutorial originally appeared over on the Timeless Treasures blog and features the fox from our Zoey's Zoo quilt pattern. We have a few patterns that include machine appliqué elements, but Zoey's Zoo is our first appliqué centered pattern. So, we thought we would whip up a little tutorial on how we like to do machine appliqué. Here we go!

 

STEP 1: Gather what you will need: fusible webbing, fabric, marker, reversed appliqué pattern, matching threads, sharp fabric scissors, sewing machine and iron.

Machine Appliqué Tutorial!

STEP 2: Trace the appliqué pattern onto the paper side of the fusible webbing.

Machine Appliqué Tutorial!

STEP 3: Cut out the traced pieces leaving at least ¼” around all edges.

Machine Appliqué Tutorial!

STEP 4: Iron the traced pieced onto the wrong side of the fabrics that coordinate.

Machine Appliqué Tutorial!

STEP 5: Using your sharp fabric scissors, cut out the pieces along the traced lines.

Machine Appliqué Tutorial!

STEP 6: Peel the paper off the back of the pieces. Make sure the shiny webbing stays on the fabric.

Machine Appliqué Tutorial!

STEP 7: Layer the pieces onto the background fabric. Arrange everything how you want it and fuse it down with a hot iron.

Machine Appliqué Tutorial!

STEP 8: Using a blanket stitch or zigzag, sew along the edges of the appliqué, catching the fabric edge. I love the look of a blanket stitch (used here) but if the project will get lots of wear and love, a zigzag will last longer.

Machine Appliqué Tutorial!

STEP 9: Switch threads until you’ve stitched down all the appliqué pieces.

Machine Appliqué Tutorial!

And Voila! You are done!

Machine Appliqué Tutorial!

Here is the finished mini quilt I made with this little appliqué fox!

Mr. Fox Mini Quilt

Our other patterns that have a few appliqué elements are the Piccadilly Circle, Lullaby Lane and Cassidy Crossover. Appliqué allows us to add odd shapes and fun elements to quilts. Have some fun with it let us know how it goes! Happy Sewing!