Category: Applique

April 9, 2014

More Appliqued Canvases

Filed under: Applique,Family,Sewing - 09 Apr 2014

So for a New Years Resolution this year, I decided I was going to make everyone’s gift for my family members. I started out with a bang, though one gift is still unfinished (but nearly done and I’ll definitely been blogging about it!), and I’ve been doing great so far! We have at least one birthday every month, so it’s been a fun challenge to keep myself thinking outside the box.

I 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 sister and her family built a house last year and moved in last fall. She’s been searching for things to hang on the wall and I knew this would be perfect for her! I quickly came up with an awesome little design in my mind and was thrilled to see it come to such adorable fruition.

Sew Like My Mom | Appliqued Canvases

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I made it a tree with birds, representing her and her hubby and their three darling girls. The girls each picked out which bird was “them!”

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It just makes me so happy to see it hanging in her house!

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Check out my tutorial and whip up some for the little love birds in your life!

June 21, 2013

The Ultimate Applique Post

Filed under: Applique,Sewing,Tutorials - 21 Jun 2013

Sew Like My Mom | Ultimate Applique Tutorial

I get lots of emails from readers with lots of questions about applique. I answer many things not mentioned in the first 2 tutorials so I decided to make a big tute with everything I know all in one place that will hopefully answer all questions you might come up with while creating your own unique appliqued creations.

I taught myself to applique a few years ago. I had nothing to go on, I made it up as I went along, and through trial and error, and MANY hours behind the machine, I’ve mastered my art of applique. I used to think of it as the poor sewists embroidery, but now I usually prefer it to the embroidered look as it pushes the boundaries of what I can do with fabric and thread.

I’ve done lots of cool projects over the years. Some are featured here on my blog, buried back in the early days.

I started with tees and bibs. I probably made 50 shirts and bibs before I branched out past that.

Sew Like My Mom | Ultimate Applique Tutorial

I love this little face!

Sew Like My Mom | Ultimate Applique Tutorial

Then I started doing things like pillowcases,

Sew Like My Mom | Ultimate Applique Tutorial

aprons,

Sew Like My Mom | Ultimate Applique Tutorial

and dresses.

Sew Like My Mom | Ultimate Applique Tutorial

Sew Like My Mom | Ultimate Applique Tutorial

Then I realized the sky was the limit and I started appliqueing everything I could get my hands on!

Sew Like My Mom | Ultimate Applique Tutorial

Sew Like My Mom | Ultimate Applique Tutorial

Sew Like My Mom | Ultimate Applique Tutorial

Sew Like My Mom | Ultimate Applique Tutorial

Sew Like My Mom | Ultimate Applique Tutorial

This past year I really started pushing myself to do more, be better, and make amazing things.

Sew Like My Mom | Ultimate Applique Tutorial

Sew Like My Mom | Ultimate Applique Tutorial

Sew Like My Mom | Ultimate Applique Tutorial

Sew Like My Mom | Ultimate Applique Tutorial

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May 16, 2013

Superhero Cape Shirt tutorial

Filed under: Applique,Sewing,Tutorials - 16 May 2013

It’s amazing how things sort of cosmically come together sometimes. A few weeks ago I was contacted by a woman organizing a Superhero 5K to raise awareness of bullying its long-term effects. She was looking for donations for prizes and had found my superhero masks and asked if I’d donate a set. I was so flattered and eager to help with anything she needed. I then discovered she was organizing the run in my city and had no idea where I lived! So I promptly registered The Hubs and I for the run and asked her if I could donate more. She happily accepted my offer.

It just so happens that the day before, a friend of mine shared a story about a paper-thin, washed-one-too-many-times, beloved Spiderman costume her son owns and how it caused a wardrobe malfunction at the least opportune time–with missionaries on her doorstep! It got me thinking about how I wished there were more options for boys and costumes of their heroes. There are all sorts of dresses you can make to look like Princesses or other girl characters, but boys are left with one-piece, horribly-produced, overpriced Halloween costumes that aren’t meant for the washing machine or daily wear.

So between the two, I was inspired. I’ve seen the hero shirts that have capes that velcro on them and they’re just not my style. Velcro quickly collects junk in it and loses it’s ability to stick to itself (yet manages to stick to other laundry in the washer), and it doesn’t stay on very well, no matter how new the velcro. It’s just not my favorite medium. So I decided I’d make an easy way to put the cape IN the shirt!

Sew Like My Mom | Superhero Shirt Tutorial

Why a cape? Well, because I firmly believe that everyone needs a cape.

Sew Like My Mom | Superhero Shirt Tutorial

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