Birthday Patch Applique!

I loved how my Charlie bugs birthday outfit turned out this year! The hat, still my favorite! The skirt a close second! And lastly the fun and simple Birthday patch that tied it all together!

First you will iron on Heat ‘n Bond adhesive to the back side of your three fabrics. Use a circle pattern or trace lids to get two different sized circles! Mine are 4 and 3 inch circles. Trace a number or free hand one. Be sure to remember to trace your number backwards because you are tracing it on the back side of your fabric.

Remove the paper from the back of your number and center it onto your smaller circle. Iron it on to adhere it!

Next remove the paper from the back of your smaller circle and center it onto your larger circle. Iron it in place to adhere it!

Sew along the edges of your number and the smaller circle using a zig zag stitch!

Now it’s ready to iron onto a birthday shirt! Tips for sewing it on:

  • You’ll need to use a stabilizing fabric on the back side of the shirt. Cut a piece slightly larger then your patch. This will keep the shirt from snagging and gathering in your sewing machine!
  • After you have sewn the patch on feel free to trim the stabilizing fabric on the inside of the shirt for better comfort.

The final touch that makes a fun statement!



  1. 1

    This is super adorable and looks so professional! What size zigzag did you use? what machine do you use?

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    Love ths skirt and the hat too. Did you use a pattern for either of them?

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    Becca @ Blue Cricket Design says:

    I have a Janome and use a medium sized zigzag. Just test your zig zag settings until you get a size you like!

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    miss corner cape says:

    that looks so great! what a cute job well done!

  5. 5

    Tremendously cute. We have a third birthday party coming up this weekend. Maybe I can squeeze in time for such cuteness… Adorable.

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    Ashley @ Ashley's Craft Corner says:

    I have a question for you – do you have any tips on keeping the stitching even as you go around the circle? I've been trying some applique recently and I'm having a hard time getting it even on curved shapes/letters. And if your answer is just to practice…well I won't be surprised.

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    ificould says:

    Love this! So cute! Did you make the hat too??

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    the thrifty ba says:

    im going to be 39 and i love people knowing it is my birthday! i might just make one for me! if i do-YOU WILL KNOW ALL ABOUT IT! thanks!

  9. 9

    That is so adorable. I'll have to remember this for my grandchildren!

  10. 10

    Love it! It looks, too! My little one's b-day is coming up and I'm finding all sorts of inspiration like this! Now, I just have to find the time to make it all!

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    Are you using fabric stabilizer on the back side of the shirts! It makes a world of difference!

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    Jamielyn says:

    i LOVE this! She is super cute her in birthday outfit! I'd love for you to come link up over here

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    raggygirlvintage says:

    Very cute, and a forever keepsake too!

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    Love Being a Nonny says:

    Love this…and your blog!

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    Nicely done, Becca!!

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    Melissa E Photography says:

    Becca is a rockstar!!

    The end.

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    Pati @ A Crafty Escape says:

    LOVE this!!!

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    The Keylors says:

    Preciosa! What a lucky girl to have you for a mommy. : )

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    Cottage Dreamers says:

    I love this! It looks like something I could handle and it's so, so cute!
    ☺ Celeste

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    Sunshine of Seven says:

    That is totally ADORABLE! The skirt is a perfect compliment for that cute shirt! Cool blog too, thanks for the ideas:) !

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    The Persimmon Perch says:

    Love the matching skirt!!!! So much fun. Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

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    The Little Red Shop says:


    : )

    Julie M.

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    Brandy says:

    Totally cute. Thanks for sharing a great idea and tutorial.

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    Love it… you are so talented…. Thank you so much for your generosity for Baby Ryan’s Tombstone fund..

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