Free Appliqué Template

Free Appliqué Template: How to Create Umbrella

To accompany my recent posts on appliqué, here’s another free template for you to use. You can use this template with my tutorial on how to appliqué with fusible web. This design has two…

How to Appliqué with Tricky Fabrics

How to Appliqué with Tricky Fabrics – Part 1

Last year I did a string of posts on appliquéing, and I promised some tips for dealing with tricky fabrics. So far I’ve demonstrated all my appliqué techniques with cotton fabrics – a…

Advent Trees free motion embroidery

Advent Trees: free motion embroidery

I’ve been building up to this one, because it’s the first time in this series that I’ve tackled something I find a bit daunting. While I’ve done some free motion embroidery before, I’m…

felt eyes cutting method

How to cut small circles from felt – 5 Easy Methods

I was working on an up-coming project and needed to cut out a whole load of felt circles to make eyes. This can get fiddly, so I thought I’d share my favorite method…

Advent Trees - sewing tips

Advent Trees: sewing in circles

This is the next post in the series of advent trees – a chance to try out some new embellishment techniques. In this post I’ll be looking at some more decorative stitching –…

tips for appliqueing with multiple fabrics

7 Tips for Appliqueing with multiple fabrics

All but the simplest of applique designs use multiple pieces to build up the design. The most common design is to apply fabric shapes in layers, so pieces overlap those below. In this…

Appliqué with Tricky Fabrics

How to Appliqué with Tricky Fabrics: Part 2

In Part 1, I talked generally about how to deal with tricky fabrics: what kind of things you need to think about, and how. Here, in Part 2, I’ll give tips for dealing with…

How to Applique

How to Appliqué with Fusible Web

Appliqué is a great way to add a personal touch to loads of items, transforming them from everyday into something more special. I like to use it a lot, both to adapt things I make…

Ribbons and Trim

Advent Trees: Using Ribbons and Trim

Last year, I made a series of advent tree Christmas decorations, with different ideas for decorating the trees (you can see all the different versions at the end of this post). I thought…

left handed scissors

Left-handers: How to Cut with Right-Handed Scissors

Chances are, you’re right-handed in which case this post will be of no interest to you. Go ahead, click elsewhere – I won’t judge you! But for the 10% of people who are…