For the birds

This funky bird photo from my photo archives inspired an appliqué for our easy tote. Frayed edges are fun, so they will be incorporated into the appliqué design.


Once you decide the size you want your graphic appliqué to be, you can click here for instructions on how to design and size an appliqué from artwork or a photo.




I used a grid ruler to draft a rectangle pattern large enough to fit the bird appliqué, plus 1/4″ all around for fraying. Cut out the pattern.


Cutting the patch edges on the bias will create a control for fraying. To establish our grain guide, fold the pattern piece as shown below.

Bias is a 45 degree angle from a straight grain.


Pin pattern to a loosely woven fabric, with the pattern grain guide parallel to fabric grain. Cut out patch.


A second patch creates a frame:

I made a second rectangle pattern minus the 1/4″. Make a patch with paperbacked fusible web and muslin.


Center patches and fuse. Machine stitch around small patch. Fray edges of the large patch. Trim if desired.


Fuse the graphic appliqué onto the patch, finish with stitches. Add details. Glue or hand stitch your patch onto your surface.


A stick held with embroidery floss feet seemed like a good idea for this little birdie!

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