Using Images as Templates for Applique

Posted by Cheryl

Halloween Towels

Halloween Towels

The Vintage Workshop imagery can be used in other ways besides the standard print, cut and paste.  One way is to use the vintage graphics to make templates to use for applique.

In the project above, we used the black cat face found in IE310, Halloween II multi-image collection.  We used the Designer’s Choice version so we could enlarge the image.  Using your imaging software, enlarge the cat face to the size you need.  We decided to embellish a store bought tea towel in Fall colors.  Once we got the image to the size we wanted, we cut it out to use as a template.

Before you begin the applique process, iron onto the back of your fabric some lightweight interfacing. This will prevent fraying and give the applique some stiffness.  Trace the cat face onto the interfacing side of your fabric. Then we cut it out and appliqued it to the towel. Another option would be to use a double sided fusible interfacing, like Heat-N-Bond, where you would iron it onto the fabric, cut out the cat face and then iron onto your project.

In our samples we used one of our favorite Halloween Fabrics - Simply Spooky by Red Rooster Fabrics (designed by Amy Barickman).   You can use an applique stitch or blanket stitch or use a decorative stitch on your sewing machine.  We added some other coordinating strips to the edge of the towels by machine stitching them and adding blanket stitch detail.  It’s a quick and easy way to decorate for the holidays.

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3 Responses to “Using Images as Templates for Applique”

  1. Alexis Ceule says:

    WOOT! I love it all!

  2. Melda Johannes says:

    I have done several dish towels with the borders, but not with the applique. They are really darling!

  3. Becky says:

    Way too cute! Thanks for sharing

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