Last week’s appliqué baby bib sent my inbox into quite a tizzy!
There were lots of questions regarding my tips for finding appliqué designs online, requests for a more detailed tutorial on how to sew them, and even a few inquiries about making your own bias tape.
So I thought I’d take some time over the next few weeks to cover all of that, and more.
We’ll start with a two-part post on creating and sewing appliqués.
I’m going to go more into depth as to how I find shapes to work with online (I may be a seamstress, knitter, and paper lover, but I am by no means an artist!). Then, later in the week, I’ll give a step-by-step how-to for sewing raw edge appliqués, and all of this will be from scratch…no cutting system required!
Up first, creating your own appliqués….
As I said above, I am surely no artist. Drawing with a pencil by hand is probably one of my weakest crafty skills. So, I turn to basic shapes that can be found online, for free, to help me create my own appliqué designs.
I thought I’d walk you through my process today, with a basic shape…an ice cream cone!
So, the first thing I did to create the appliqué shown above was a google search of the phrase “ice cream cone coloring page.” Of course, tons of images came up, none of which I loved 100%. That’s what’s great about this technique! I’m going to show you how I pick and choose which parts of each I like, and how I put them all together.
Back to that ice cream cone…
These two images caught my eye (Take a peek at my notes on each as to what I liked, and what I didn’t! You can click on the image to make it larger!):
So I kept the pieces I liked (and took away what I didn’t!) by simply printing these images out, and tracing the parts I wanted to keep! You can use a lightbox, or even just tape the print out to a window, then put a blank piece of paper overtop. Super simple!
Plus, I googled “free cupcake clipart images” to find that missing cherry! Here’s what I was left with, and again, take a peek at my notes!
To resize the individual pieces, I just ran them through my printer, and either reduced or enlarged them accordingly.
Put all the pieces together by tracing them one more time….
And that’s it! You’ve got an adorable appliqué ice cream design, ready to be cut out and stitched (again, we’ll cover that part in the next post!) and, as promised, it was created without drawing a thing by hand! Super simple, right?
I’d love see what designs all of you can come up with using this technique. Please feel free to experiment, and then send your creations my way! Just email them to Nikki@NikkiInStitches.com
Nikki, In Stitches
PS…The make your own bias tape tutorial is in the works, too! No worries! Look for that coming soon!
NOTE: This appliqué is made by combining individual parts of free images found online. It is for personal use only. If you’re going to sell your finished product, or benefit financially from its creation, you should contact the individual websites where the images are found, and review their copyright policies.