I had a lot of fun making the cover and I wanted to do a follow up post about the applique process. Well, more about prepping for the applique process. I love finding unique designs and words to adhere to fabric. For my journal cover I appliqued “Hello Friend” inside a word balloon. It was a shout out to my friend Trish.
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All work well. I would suggest trying them all and seeing what you like the best. If you are new to the sewing or applique world, this is super easy to do!
Take look at the following steps to applique a fun word..
- Gather materials – fabric, pen, scissors, tape, etc. Find your word or saying. Print out to the desired size
- Using a window or light box, trace your design. As my “Hello Friend” image above – make sure to FLIP AND TRACE the mirror image of the word
- Finish tracing and cut down to size. Iron onto to your fabric. No steam.
- Cut out the letters
- Figure out the placement on your base fabric BEFORE ironing down.. With a disappearing ink pen, I marked the top, bottom and side seam allowances and also the spine. It helped center the placement of the thought bubble.
- Peel the backing off and stick the letters in place. Iron with no steam. This will set your intital layer
- Repeat for the next layer
- Repeat for the next, until finished..
After you have everything ironed in place – there are many options for how to sew the design down. But that will be another post..