Put An End to Boring Clothes and Linens With
The word applique comes from the French appliquer which means to
apply, "put on" or "lay on."
It's a cut out decoration that is sewn or fused onto a larger piece of fabric.
There are a lot of nice appliques you can buy already made. The Vogue Fabrics
online store has a variety of appliques you can buy at reasonable prices. To view their stock, click on the
Then scroll down on the left navigagtion bar to Notions and click Appliques. Vogue has them in 3
Iron On and Sew On Appliques, Sequinned and Beaded
Appliques, Hot Fix Transfers
Or make the appliques
Find a fabric that has a print on it that you can cut out. The best
type of fabric to use to make appliques is cotton or a cotton/polyester blend. It has more
Another great idea is to use a coloring book. Find one that has
simple pictures that you use as patterns. Then cut the fabric using these patterns to create your
Applique--purchased or your own
Wonder Under Fusible Webbing**
Iron & Ironing Board
Fabric glue (optional)
Sewing machine (optional)
How To Make Your Own Appliques
When you cut the out image on the fabric you want to use as the applique, leave about 1/2"
around the image and cut it as a large square.
Cut the Wonder Under the same size as the fabric square. Iron it to the back of
the square with the paper side away from the wrong side of the fabric.
Cut the image out you're using for your applique.
Remove the paper backing. Iron the applique to the garment or item you are
If you are not using a sewing machine, put fabric glue on the edge of the applique so it will
not frey or unravel.
If you are using a sewing machine to finish the edge, Use a zig-zag stitch to finish the
edge. Adjust the length and width of the stitch to finish the edge.
Using A Pattern To Make The Applique
Cut a square of fabric and Wonder Under larger than your pattern.
Iron the Wonder Under to the back of the fabric--paper side out.
Cut your pattern and follow the instructions above.
This is an applique I put on a child's dress. I cut out the pattern, fused it with
Wonder Under then did a tight zig-zag stitch around the perimeter to finish it.
**Wonder Under is a fusible webbing available at craft and fabric stores. It has a paper backing
that allows you to easily iron the webbing onto the back of fabric. Then you remove the paper and iron your
decoration onto the larger piece of fabric.