some ideas for your fabulous seaside appliqué
A seaside bag or even a summer dress are a great idea for your fab seaside appliqué
reversible seaside bag with appliqué
A seaside bag or even a summer dress are a great idea for your fab seaside appliqué

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to make some fabulous nautical appliqué:

You will need:
Blank paper for sketching shapes, ruler, pencil,
Contrasting & mix-match nautical type fabrics like Stripes, spots, stars, anchors and vintage flower fabrics are great!
Scissors, Pins, Hemming web (bondaweb)
Sewing machine & Iron
for) Lay the fabric over the bondaweb and a pressing cloth over the top.
Shapes for appliqué: boats and seaside huts are great!
Shapes for appliqué: boats and seaside huts are great and oh – so easy!

First draw some nautical shapes onto paper.

Sail-boat: use irregular triangular shapes and a rounded bottom.
Sailors Bunting: upside-down mini triangles in differing patterns are good here. Lighthouse: long rectangle with a curved top – don’t forget windows and circle for the light to radiate
Beach huts: Rectangles with triangles on top – plus a mini rectangle door in some mis-matched fabrics.
Anchor: you may need a template for this one as it’s an odd shape if doing for the first time.

Next cut out the scraps of fabric using your paper patterns as a guide.

Mis-match stripes with spots & stars, even vintage florals can work to give this nautical seaside look!

Lay the bondaweb and shapes carefully on your piece ready for ironing
Lay the bondaweb and shapes carefully on your piece ready for ironing
Cut out the hemming web / bondaweb exactly as the fabric shapes (don’t worry about cutting right or wrong sides here – it’s all right in this project!)

Peel the paper away and discard.

Lay the bondaweb – just the ‘web’ in position on to the bag or project

Repeat for all shapes

Make sure you use a pressing cloth otherwise this will potentially make a mess of your iron and project!
Make sure you use a pressing cloth otherwise this will potentially make a mess of your iron and project!
  Make sure you use a pressing cloth otherwise this will potentially make a mess of your iron and project!

set the sewing machine to a tight zig zag stitch
set the sewing machine to a tight zig zag stitch
Take your ironed on shapes to the sewing machine, set the machine to stitch a very tight small zigzag and then carefully stitch around the lines the tighter the stitch the better!
Top tips:
~Set the middle of the foot to the edge of the appliqué shape – just use this as your guide and don’t watch the needle as it will send you all over the place… Just the edge of appliqué with middle line of machine foot.

~ When you get to the edge of a sharp edge simply stop turn the needle into the bobbin so it is holding on to the project – lever up turn and you are back on track! Even better if you can set your machine to automatically stop with the needle down!

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