How to Make an Applique!





Introduction: How to Make an Applique!

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Do you have a piece of clothing that fits you perfectly, but is just so boring? There are a few solutions to your problem, but in this episode of ThreadbangerThreadbanger, Rob and Corinne are talking about Appliques. Its an awesome way to fire up your wardrobe and give your clothes your own creative edge! Also, subscribe to threadbanger on itunes!!

What You'll Need:

A garment that needs sprucing
An image or idea for your applique
Some fabric
sewing machine
fuseable web paper

Step 1: Starting Up

1. First you must decide which garment in your closet needs some sprucing.

2. Decide on an image you want to use to give this garment some extra flare. Draw it out on a thick piece of paper, and cut it out. We used the tree motif, but if you don't have a lot of time on your hands, and you don't want to go completely crazy, chose a more simple shape.

Step 2: The Shape

3. Take out some fuseable web and trace out your image on the smooth side.

4. Get a piece of fabric, large enough to hold your image. This is the fabric that you will actually use to put on your garment, so chose something you like.

4. Place the fabric right-side-down, and the fuseable web paper on top of that, smooth side up.

5. Using the silk setting on your iron, iron the pieces together about 5 seconds on each spot. Make sure you check the fuseable web package before you begin to get specific instructions. And, DON'T USE STEAM! It will ruin your image.

6. Once everything is fused together, cut out your image.

Step 3: Attaching Your Applique

7. Peel the paper off of your fabric, and lay down your image where you want it on your garment.

8. Iron the fabric to the garment until it is all fused together, and easy to sew.

9. Then using a zigzag stitch sew around the entire thing, and you have yourself an awesome new look for your garment!



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    20 Discussions


    1 year ago

    that design was awesome

    instead of a zig-zag stitch, i've found that using the "buttonhole" setting makes a really nice solid border. :) (i guess it depends on the sewing machine though, i don't have automatic buttonholes, instead i have one setting for each side of the buttonhole.) using one of the length settings with a very small stitch length worked great! when i tried the zig-zag even on the smallest stitch length it still looked too zig-zaggy and sparse. i hope this helps someone!

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    Thanks atomicgypsy, that has helped me. I hadn't thought of that. I've tried in the past and like you said, mine also ended up lookingway too sparse so I haven't attempted it again. I will now though!

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    Could it be possible to make a pretty intricate design with this stuff, had a quite extravagant idea for an older pair of trousers that have ripped at the back up to the knee, it involves repairs with a flap and alot of embellishment... yes I do realise I should have fixed them but I did, it's just what happens to every item of clothing I own over time and if it still fits it wont get half way to the bin under my watch...

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    "every item of clothing?" Do you have one gigantic foot? Maybe you could bind it like Chinese girls used to do.

    Actually the life i live means that ripped and torn clothing is a daily occurence, I'v had clothes that were over half safety pins...

    I have to go back and re-do it, mainly because I was a bit lazy because I was just seeing how it'd look... So I'll iblify it...

    Cool. mine's crap. I wanted to see how the paint held up. So it's random stuff. Also, I'm going to try to screenprint.

    haha, that really WAS a complicated pattern! Ironing seems easy enough, but sewing a zig-zag all the way around every edge of that.... must have been a PAIN!

    Pretty cool! Maybe I could try doing something really awesome, like lightning cracks all over the shirt. Great job.

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    Hmmm, I just happened upon this site and I have this shirt that I just ruined at a job I was at lastweek, but I keep hoping it's fixable because it's a favorite. Ya see, I was working at a lumber mill and once while pulling a piece off the machine it hit my shirt and went through. But the hole isn't too big (about the size of a quarter). Do you have any idea of how I could fix that without making it look too retarded? There's a design on the front, as well, including where the hole's at. So that's a big problem to. I loved the above idea and was just curious and so thought I'd ask.

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    try patching it from the inside with a colour that stands out and some stand-out thread. it won't look normal but the patch will add flair.

    Cool! Looks kind of like the tree in Minas Tirith (from the Lord of the Rings)