How to make your own fabric appliqué sticker — which is a great way to customize a pillow and show off a favorite typeface or design, and perfect for beginner or intermediate sewing skills.
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What you’ll need (for a 16 to 20” pillow cover):
- 5/8 yard base fabric (I used 100% cotton outdoor duck cloth. Choose a heavier weight, tightly woven fabric)
- 3/8 yard accent fabric (I used 100% cotton sateen)
- Zipper, invisible or standard
- Thread in base and accent colors
- Iron-on adhesive (I used Heat'n'Bond)
- Patterns in your choice of typeface (letters must be printed backward)
- Mark Simonson’s Bookmania typeface (used to create the F)
To prepare the iron-on paper, trace the design onto your iron-on adhesive paper. (I put the design under the adhesive paper and traced over the lines.) Carefully cut out around the traced lines. Remember: If you’re using lettering or anything that is read left-to-right, you’ll have to print them out backward.
Iron the iron-on onto your accent fabric, lined up with the selvage edge (lengthwise grain) of the fabric.
Cut out the design, around the transfer paper.
Prepare the pillow cover. Cut or tear the fabric to 1 inch wider than your pillow. I used an 18-inch pillow, so I cut a 19-inch square. This will allow for half-inch seam allowances and a tight fit on the pillow for a more professional look. Cut two pieces.
Fold both pieces in half and then in half again to find the centers (or measure carefully). Mark the centers with pins.
Position your appliqué on the center of the pillow (or wherever you want it). Peel the paper backing off, reposition it, and iron it down.