Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Lily Frog Embroidery Applique Design
Lily Frog Applique by Planet Applique is such an adorable new design that I wanted to take a moment and share a tutorial on how she sews out in the hoop. As I designed Lily, she took on her own little personality. Its so difficult to find cute frog for embroidery these days. Clipart is exhausted and I felt to need to draw her from scratch and put her in a sewing format that you can enjoy making! Head over to Planet Applique and get this pattern and return here for a quick step by step.
STEP 1: Get your materials. Fabrics for the applique and a blank, thread and stabilizer. I found a kimono style wrapping onesie at Hancock Fabrics on sale for 6.99. Whats great about these, is that you can open up the garment and so embroidery and applique becomes much easier!
STEP 2: Load Lily to your machine and after pinning your garment in place on top of the hooped stabilizer, run the fabric die line for her body.
Step 3: Lay down the fabric for Lily's body so that it covers the die line. After, a tack down line will stitch. Next Lily's tummy fabric die line stitches. Lay down her tummy fabric.
Allow the tack down for Lily's tummy to stitch and then remove hoop and trim your fabrics. Trim as close as possible while leaving everything hooped.
Step 5: Return hoop to the machine and now its time to have fun! The machine is going to begin stitching her left arm and it will not stop again until we get to her tummy stitching. This should take about 4-6 minutes. When the machine stops over her tummy fabric, get your next thread color (pink) loaded. This stitching is not a satin stitch, but rather a vintage tri stitching. I used pink felt on lily's tummy.
STEP 6: Now Lily's tummy is done and the machine will move directly to her cheeks. Once both cheeks finish stitching, then her big smile goes down, followed by the right eye and then the left eye.
Step 7: Optional. I have added three lovely hearts around Lil's head. If you do not want hearts on your Lily, then you can stop the machine after the left eye is complete and remove her from the hoop. Otherwise, change threads to any shade of pink and let her hearts get stitched.
Take a peek at this lovely little Valentine Kimono Wrap Onesie I decorated with Lily Frog Applique and the Lilypad Heart Applique embroidery design. I put the heart lilypads on the butt of the onesie which really looks outstanding!