Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Here is another easy scrap project: appliques. These can be permanently fixed onto anything you like, or you can turn them into pins, brooches, etc. and put them on something temporarily, you can even stuff them to make a more 3-d pin! They can also be made in any shape you have scraps big enough for: I chose a mustache because I had the pattern handy from my Portlandia Potholders.

To begin, select the scrap fabric you will be using. Make sure it is large enough to fit your applique shape.

I didn't do such a great job of step by step photos on this one, but it's pretty easy to explain anyway. I used no-sew Heat n Bond and ironed it onto a piece of felt to start (I use eco-fi felt which is made from recycled pop bottles. It is also washable, as opposed to wool felt which will get yucky if you wash it a lot). I would recommend using white felt, but so people can see what I'm doing in the tutorial, I used yellow-orange. The great thing about Heat n Bond is it has a paper backing that you can use to trace your image onto, it makes it easy to cut out later on. I chose to cut my image out of felt and then iron it onto my final fabric. If you wanted you could iron Heat N Bond onto both sides of your felt, then remove the paper backing on one side and iron on your scrap fabric, then trace several images onto the paper still in place, cut them out and iron them onto your final piece.

Here, I have cut out my mustache from the felt first, and then ironed it onto my fabric scrap.

Then, I cut out my mustache! Now it can be sewn or pinned anywhere. I think these would be adorable on some onesies for a baby boy (let's be honest though, I'd put it on a girl with no shame in my game).

Don't forget to enter for a chance to win a bag of scrap fabrics on my Giveaway Day post.


  1. How did you finish the raw edges? Am I missing a step?

  2. I didn't finish the edges. Being rather "glued" with Heat n Bond onto felt, they don't really fray. Also, if you applique it onto something permanently you can stitch around the edges with a zig zag stitch and that will further hide any fraying in your final project, which is why I love this method so so much.

  3. Cute! Love the little mustaches. ;)