Appliqued Canvases

March 12, 2014

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

This is a pretty fun post and tutorial today! I had the pleasure of participating in the Living With Punks Home Sewn series!

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I brainstormed a long time trying to come up with the perfect project. I need curtains and throw pillows, but I was certain I could be more creative than that! What I really wanted around here is more stuff on the walls. After nearly 2 years of living in this house, our walls are still mostly bare. But now my kitchen is adorably complete!

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

If I can get my hands on it, I can applique it! I just love these details and appliqued canvases are my new obsession.

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

These canvases are really easy to make! Start by painting the background whatever color suits your fancy.

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

Using an xacto knife or blade, run the sharp edge along the canvas, making a cut just above the staples.

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

Pull the excess canvas off the edges.

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

To make it easier to replace the canvas, mark the back of the frame and the canvas in some way in the same place. That way you know you’ll be putting it back on the frame correctly, and if you’re doing more than one at a time you can keep them separated.

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

Separate the canvas from the frame.

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

To get your image, follow the steps in my applique tutorial. For this project, though, instead of using Heat n Bond, I used freezer paper. Ironing just isn’t a good idea.

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

Peel the paper off the back of your pieces and using a regular ol’ school glue stick, cover the back of bottom pieces and stick them to the canvas. The great thing about glue is that you can pull it up and reposition the pieces if you need to. You’ll want to move quickly, though, because the glue dries fast!

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

Applique your images, working your way up to the top layers.

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

I did glue my bows on since they don’t have to be sewn on.

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

I used a neutral thread in my bobbin to keep things blending on the back side of the canvas.

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

If these are going in your house, this is a perfect time to get the frames hung properly!

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

Find the frame that goes with your canvas. Match your letters so you know you’re going to reattach it properly.

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

Fold in the corners to get everything laying smooth.

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

Starting at one side, pull the canvas to the line you created when cutting the canvas off. Start in the middle of the side and staple to both ends. It helps to put pressure on the top of the staple gun to keep the staples from popping up.

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

Lastly, restaple the corners to keep everything neatly in place.

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

It was hard to photograph these on the wall I’ve actually got them hanging on. I love the new brightness in this dark corner of the room. Such perfection!

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

Did you make it this far?! Wonderful! Now check out this AMAZING giveaway going on over at Living with Punks! Oh how I’d like to win that machine! Don’t forget to enter, it could be you!

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3 Responses to “Appliqued Canvases”

  1. Susan said:

    So genius to sew directly onto the canvas! Never thought of that! thanks for participating and the awesome inspiration :)

  2. More Appliqued Canvases - Sew Like My Mom | Sew Like My Mom said:

    […] posted a tutorial on appliqued canvases for the Home Sewn Series on Living With Punks. And after my cute apron canvases for my kitchen, I really was hooked! My […]

  3. eileensideways said:

    great tutorial. love the look; so many possibilities

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