Hoo? Hoo? Hoo wants to Applique?

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!

Here are a few tips I have for Fabric Applique…

  • 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!

So no more excuses my friends! If you can iron you can applique!



  1. 1

    Adorable!! Love how you did the branch out of ric rac and then added leaves!

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    Mama to 3 Blessings says:

    How cute is that! You inspired me to make some for my baby! I LOVE the owls! You did a GREAT job! :)

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    MitziMakes says:

    aw those owls are so cute!

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    the thrifty ba says:

    i just wanted to let you know how much i love your blog and that i posted alink from mine to yours today here http://thethriftyba.blogspot.com/2010/02/major-award.html
    thank you!

  5. 5

    Very cute Becca! I saw you yesterday – you did an amazing job!!!


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    TheFancyFritter says:

    Great applique!! I have played around with appliques in the past, but I had a question about the stablizing fabric you put on the inside of the shirt. Do you iron that on first then iron on your applique then sew it on? What is the best way for you? Thanks so much! :)

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    The Boob Nazi says:

    That is so cute.

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    The Boob Nazi says:

    But I'm still not convinced that I could do it. :)

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    Becca @ Blue Cricket Design says:

    Fancy Fritter…

    Iron on your applique first so you know how big of a stabilizer piece you need. Then iron on or place your stabilizer on the back!

  10. 10

    You need to show Kalli (@mamakalli) your cute owl onesie. She loves owls! And I thought I could do this until you got to the part about the zig zag stitching. Then you lost me. ;)

  11. 11

    cute becks! Kate says: "GASP!!!! I like that shirt, I like that owl!!!" It's a hit! Too bad we have no cute fabric stores around here!!!!

  12. 12

    I was surprised nobody had asked yet…where did you get that adorable owl fabric??

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    Kari @ Ucreate says:

    You had me at HOO!! Ric rac and owls? LOVIN' THIS!

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    Kristi Flanagan says:

    I love to applique! Those ouls are very cute – the ric rac is a perfect added touch! Makes me want to go sew!

    Punkin Seed Productions

  15. 15

    So stinkin' cute! Especially the ric rac as the branch!

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    Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    Please don't laugh at my stupid question, but were the cute little owls printed on your fabric and you just cut them out? Or were they the little iron-ons you can get at JoAnn? Sorry…I am pretty new to sewing. I can sew a straight line and that's about it. ;)

  17. 17

    I think that even I could make this. I am thinking that these little owls would make a darling shirt for my 5 year old!

    ps- i Just watched you on Studio 5. You rocked it girl! Great tutorial! I was wondering-could I use liquid stitch to hold the ribbon in place instead of sewing it. I don't own a sewing machine and I have no idea to sew. Great tip on the headbands!
    Again, You did great! (they really are as nice as they seem on tv huh?)

  18. 18

    What a fun project! I love finding cute fabrics and coming up with new ways to use them!

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    Lynn from For Love or Funny says:

    I love applique! It's really fun to do and it dresses up the simplest things!

  20. 20

    Cute, cute! You did a great job on Studio 5 by the way:-)

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    Stabilizer – duh! I tried applique for the first time a few weeks ago, and the edges kept puckering up. I will be heading out to buy some stabilizer tomorrow to try again.

  22. 22

    Thanks for linking up this wonderful project–so cute. I haven't done applique for years but may need to try again. Thanks for the support you give to my little ol'blog–I very much appreciate it!

  23. 23

    How did you get the zig zag to look so good? I've appliqued a few things lately with less than desireable results. Good thing I started with projects for my 2.5 year old, who is not picky!

  24. 24

    I love applique – don't do a lot but I do love it – easy and effective…

  25. 25

    Thank ya bunches! I'm about to do something for my granddaughter's first birthday so the brilliant tips are timely!
    All Things Heart and Home

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    Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden says:

    That is so cute! I love the ric rac branch! Thanks for the tips!

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    Stephie @ Made By Stephie says:

    so cute!! I am obsessed with owls right now – and these are so dang cute!

    I'm hosting a giveaway on my blog – come and check it out!!

  28. 28

    These are so adorable! And great tips for applique. Thanks!

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