Sewing appliques into your sewing projects, give interest and detail you wouldn't get from other sewing embellishments. It takes a little more effort for a lot more WOW!.
You can purchase a variety of appliques from online craft and sewing stores, and your local fabric stores usually have a good selection of pre-made appliques.
Some pre made appliques come with an adhesive already on the back. You would apply the applique with an iron. I find even with the adhesive I still like to either hand stitch or machine stitch the applique on to my projects.
Sewing by hand or sewing machine gives extra stability to your project.
I personally have found the online craft supply stores to have the best selection of sewing appliques. The variety is much more extensive.
However you can find pre made appliques in any sewing section of your local craft or sewing and fabric stores.
Appliques can be homemade or purchased. If you have an embroidery sewing machine you can place applique on your projects this way. You can hand embroider applique or cut fabric and embroider this way.
Below are some examples of different ways to applique.
Purchased appliques are an easy way to add popular licensed characters, or holiday images, without owning an embroidery machine.
If you do have an embroider machine and you haven't explored the many wonderful things you can do with your machine, have a look at embroidery software. This is a wonderful addition to your sewing projects you may not have tapped into yet.
There are many different ways to make homemade appliques. Some supplies I have listed below will make the process a little easier.
Heat and bond is an amazing product to add images to your sewing projects. It is an iron on process and then you can finish the edges as you wish.
Spray adhesives are great for temporarily placing your pieces where they need to go. It isn't a permanant application so you can move things around until you're satisfied with the look you're going for. Then you applique permanently.
There are many ways to apply an applique. Here is one way I have used letters to add interest to a quilt.
The fabric and colors I chose are purely for examples to show how you can make your own letter appliques. You can use this same method for any type of applique, like bears, toys, flowers for example.
I found these letters at Michael's craft store.
They were in the children's paints and craft section. Or you could make your own letters and numbers using card stock.
I started by tracing around the shape and then cut it out.
Once you have the letter cut out you can use fabric spray glue and or stitch a straight seam just enough to secure the applique.
Depending on the fabric, I use both spray glue and a straight seam.
You can finish the edge of your applique one of two ways.
I have an applique stitch on my sewing machine, but you can get the same effect, by adjusting your zig zag stitch to a very narrow stitch.
Or you can use fabric paint purchased from the craft store. Follow the manufactures instructions given.
These are the finished edges with machine stitching and with the fabric paint.
I did this quilt in the same manner as above. This is an example of how it turned out. Leave sewing appliques to go to free quilt patterns.
You will see how I built this quilt and use applique to add interest.