How to make an appliqué heart

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Appliqué is a French term, here in the UK we would use the word applied. It’s an ornamental needlework that forms a picture or a pattern and it can be created using different types of stitches, such as zig zag or straight stitch. I have used a blanket stitch for my hearts as I like the decorative stitch pattern it creates, appliqué also is used to create decoration and depth to a project.

Recently, I have decided to revamp one of my first sewing projects from my school days – which is a fully lined bag with a shoulder strap. It’s well made but the lining is well-worn and poorly handsewn in place, and the outside of the bag is made from a horrible material which although it’s strong, it looks very unattractive! So, I’m decorating it with applique’ hearts and some coloured I-Cord.

This is the first time that I’m using appliqué and I decided to take some pictures and show you how to make your own.

  • First, you need to decide on a shape and draw it on some paper, or you can print off a template from online, then cut it out.
  • Pin it to some fabric/felt. I have used wool felt for mine as it doesn’t fray and keeps its shape nicely. Then cut out the fabric/felt piece.
  • You can, at this point, sew it onto your garment if you wish. I decided to hand stitch around mine with some embroidery floss to give it a nicer look and used blanket stitch, as its decorative. I used a blanket stitch on my free knitting pattern for a bookmark which can be found on my page ‘my patterns.’ You could machine stitch around the edge if you wanted to and use an overlock or other decorative edge stitch.
  • Then either machine, or hand sew the item onto your garment. I’m going to hand stitch mine as I want the stitches to be as invisible as I can make them.

Feel free to post pictures of your finished items here. Or share your items on social media and please tag me in the posts so I can see them. Can’t wait to see all your projects!

Thanks for reading! Feel free to share,

Sarah.

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