Embroidery Library

Crafty Cut Applique

Free project instructions to embroider crafty cut applique designs.

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

Free project instructions for crafty cut applique


Applique embroidery uses fabric to fill parts of a design. One style of applique is called "crafty cut," and that has raw fabric edges. It brings a crafty look and layers of texture to your projects.
 

Project Needs & Notes

- Fabric like felt or denim
- Decorative scissors or pinking shears
- Medium-weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive (like Gunold KK100)

For this tutorial, I used the Cozy Country Crafty Cut Butterfly (Applique) design. Find even more crafty cut applique designs in the Crafty Cut Applique category here.


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Free video with instructions on how to embroider crafty cut embroidery designs.


Free project instructions for crafty cut applique
All applique designs from Embroidery Library come with a dieline file.

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 crafty cut 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 crafty cut applique
Place the dieline printout onto the fabric, and cut out the shape.

Felt is used in this example. If you wish, you can use a decorative scissors or pinking shears to give the felt a textured edge.

Free project instructions for crafty cut applique
Remove the paper from the felt.

Free project instructions for crafty cut applique
A template, or printout of the design, helps to plan where the design will be stitched on the linen napkin.

Mark the horizontal and vertical axis lines, as well as the center point.

Free project instructions for crafty cut applique
Hoop the napkin with a piece of cutaway stabilizer. Line up the marks on the napkin with the marks on the hoop.

Free project instructions for crafty cut applique
Load the full embroidery design (not the dieline) to the embroidery machine, and embroider the design.

Free project instructions for crafty cut applique
The color change sheet shows the stitching order.

In this example, the butterfly's antennae stitch first, then it embroiders a dieline.
That traces the shape for the applique piece.  

Free project instructions for crafty cut applique
Spray the back of the applique piece with a small amount of temporary adhesive, then place it in the stitched dieline.

Free project instructions for crafty cut applique
Continue embroidering the design. A tack down stitch binds the applique fabric to the linen napkin. For crafty cut applique designs, the tack down stitches are 1/4" in from the edge of the fabric, resulting in the textured, crafty cut look.

Free project instructions for crafty cut applique
After embroidering, trim the cutaway stabilizer away from the back of the napkin. Leave about 1/2" around the design.

Free project instructions for crafty cut applique
Crafty cut applique is a unique style that adds texture and dimension to your embroidery projects.

Free project instructions for crafty cut applique
Achieve different looks on your projects by trimming the edges of crafty cut applique designs with various types of scissors or decorative shears.

Here, the colorful vegetable designs feature a clean edge, while the butterfly featured above has a crafty look achieved with pinking shears. You can also use fabric that frays to add a unique look to your projects.

Free project instructions for crafty cut applique
Felt, used in the above example, doesn't fray. But denim does fray, as shown in this example. Use that denim fringe as a fun texture to incorporate into your projects!

Crafty Cut Applique



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Products used in this Project:

Crafty Cut Daisy (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

4.76" x 6.70"

Cozy Country Crafty Cut Bird (Applique) $1.99 - $2.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

3.47" x 4.96" | 2.67" x 3.82"

Crafty Cut Phlox (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

4.57" x 5.32"

Crafty Cut Tulip (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

4.66" x 6.03"

Crafty Cut Violet (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

4.64" x 5.09"

Crafty Cut Iris (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

3.78" x 2.90"

Crafty Cut Wildflower (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

3.76" x 3.23"

Crafty Cut Marigold (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

3.83" x 3.62"

Crafty Cut Sunflower (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

3.65" x 6.54"

Crafty Cut Iris 2 (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

4.76" x 6.38"

Crafty Cut Flowers (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

6.43" x 4.78"

Crafty Cut Tulip 2 (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

4.07" x 6.75"

Crafty Cut Watering Can (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

6.72" x 4.31"

Crafty Cut Bird (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

4.94" x 4.55"

Crafty Cut Ladybug (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

3.60" x 3.86"

Crafty Cut Sun (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

4.91" x 4.80"

Crafty Cut Butterfly (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

3.74" x 3.86"

Crafty Cut Bumblebee (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

3.60" x 3.74"

Crafty Cut Necktie (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

1.84" x 3.49"

Crafty Cut Dinosaur (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

2.82" x 3.37"

Crafty Cut Shark (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

3.44" x 2.70"

Crafty Cut Starfish (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

3.84" x 2.87"

Crafty Cut Tropical Fish (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

3.79" x 3.42"

Crafty Cut Flip-Flops (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

3.72" x 3.84"

Crafty Cut Seashell (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

3.85" x 2.69"

Crafty Cut Surfboard (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

3.86" x 3.75"

Crafty Cut Crab (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

3.79" x 2.78"

Crafty Cut Frog (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

3.24" x 2.73"

Crafty Cut Airplane (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

3.49" x 2.80"

Crafty Cut Cement Mixer (Applique) $1.00

Available in 1 Size:

3.33" x 2.73"