Embroidery Library

Heirloom Applique

Free project instructions to embroider a heirloom applique design.

Free project instructions to embroider a towel border with an animal design.

Free project instructions for machine embroidery heirloom applique


Applique embroidery uses pieces of fabric to cover areas in designs. Heirloom applique designs use a blanket stitch, or E-stitch, to finish the edges, resulting in a classic and cozy look for garments and home decor.
 

Project Needs & Notes

- Fabric that doesn't easily fray
  (felt or UltraSuede)
- Double-sided fusible web
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive (like Gunold KK100)
- Iron and pressing cloth

For this tutorial, I used the Snowflake (Heirloom Applique) design. Find even more single-piece heirloom applique designs here.

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Free video with instructions on how to embroider on straw placemats.


Free project instructions for machine embroidery heirloom applique
All applique designs from Embroidery Library have dielines.

Download the applique design and unzip it. Extract the files, and look for the file marked with the letters "DL." That is the dieline.

Dielines are used to cut applique fabric to the right shape and size.

Free project instructions for machine embroidery heirloom applique
Dielines are embroidery designs.
Open the dieline with embroidery software and print it.

If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is a free program that can print templates.

Free project instructions for machine embroidery heirloom applique
For heirloom applique pieces, choose fabric that won't fray. Felt and UltraSuede are nice options.

When working with heirloom applique designs, use fusible web. That binds the applique fabric to the base fabric.

Peel back one side of the fusible web, and smooth the applique fabric on top.

Free project instructions for machine embroidery heirloom applique
Place the dieline on top of the fabric and fusible web and cut out the shape.

Free project instructions for machine embroidery heirloom applique
Cutaway stabilizer is a good choice for a kitchen towel.

Hoop the towel with one piece of  cutaway stabilizer.

Free project instructions for machine embroidery heirloom applique
Send the full embroidery design (not the dieline) to your machine.

The color change sheet shows the stitching order. The first thing to stitch is an outline, which traces the
snowflake shape.

Free project instructions for machine embroidery heirloom applique
Take the snowflake fabric and peel back the sheet of fusible web. Place it right in the stitched lines.

Free project instructions for machine embroidery heirloom applique
Continue embroidering the design. An outer blanket stitch will sew, tacking the applique fabric onto the towel.

Free project instructions for machine embroidery heirloom applique
After embroidering, trim the stabilizer away from the back. Leave about 1/2" around the design.

Free project instructions for machine embroidery heirloom applique
Most fusible web instructions advise to press, which permanently adheres the web to the fabric.

Free project instructions for machine embroidery heirloom applique
Applique designs let you use your favorite fabric colors, patterns, and prints in a design. Try heirloom applique to add a traditional, hand-sewn look to your embroidery.

Heirloom Applique



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Products used in this Project:

Snowflake (Heirloom Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

3.42" x 3.87"

Cupcake (Heirloom Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

3.09" x 3.86"

Sew Sweet Owl (Heirloom Applique) $3.99

Available in 1 Size:

3.18" x 3.85"

House (Heirloom Applique) $1.99 - $2.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.85" x 7.67" | 4.85" x 6.36" | 2.94" x 3.86"