This ones for all you readers who say “I’M NOT CRAFTY!!!” You know who you are! You think it takes some genetic jack pot or a magic Genie granting you a wish to turn you into a crafting Goddess! Don’t tell anyone but being creative isn’t all that difficult! Especially when there are amazing tools out there to use to get the job done with little effort or skill really!
Take for example this Applique Onsie I threw together… Holy Cute Owl Batman! All I did was buy a fat quarter of fabric, iron on some heat ‘n bond, cut it out, iron it on a onsie and zig zag stitched around it!
Ok…so maybe I did add some Ric Rac and fabric leaves but come on people!!!! If ever you’ve wanted to dive in and get your feet wet in the crafting world this is how to do it!
Take full advantage of the amazing Designer Fabric that is beyond beautiful and vibrant! If you can find a print you love that has an isolated image all the better!
- Be sure to buy the sewable Heat ‘n Bond! If you don’t your needle may get stuck in the thicker bonding and trust me! It’s not fun!
- When you cut out your image don’t cut directly on its outline. Allow for a small space that will accommodate your stitching without interrupting your image!
- You must use a stabilizing fabric for the inside of your shirts. Without it you’re screwed! Onsies and thin cotton will gather and not sew. You need something stronger on the back to help it glide threw your machine! Again…don’t ask me how I know!
- Layering appliques looks incredible too! Don’t be limited to just one idea…play around with your images by stacking, layering and playing with a design before you iron them on!
Flowers, Birds, Trees, Shapes and other images lend themselves so well to Applique! Next time you need a project idea browse the aisles of your favorite fabric store and keep your eyes peeled for prints that you can picture on a tee shirt or onsie!