Embroidery Library

Multi-Piece Heirloom Applique

Free project instructions to embroider multi-piece heirloom applique designs. Free project instructions to embroider a towel border with an animal design.

Free project instructions for stitching a multi-piece heirloom applique designs


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. The result is a classic and cozy look for garments and home decor. Follow these tips and tricks to learn how to embroider a heirloom applique design that uses multiple pieces of fabric.
 

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 Ohli the Owl with Cupcake design.

This project was featured in the following:
Let's Dish Lookbook


Free video with instructions on how to embroider multi-piece heirloom applique designs.


Free project instructions for stitching a multi-piece heirloom applique designs
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 stitching a multi-piece heirloom applique designs
Dielines are embroidery designs. Open the dieline with embroidery software. Look at it to see which parts of the design are filled with fabric.

In this example, the owl's body, stomach, and wings use applique fabric.


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

The dieline shows four fabric pieces to be used. Print the dieline four times.

Free project instructions for stitching a multi-piece heirloom applique designs
When working with heirloom applique designs, use fusible web to bind 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 stitching a multi-piece heirloom applique designs
Place the dieline on top of the fabric and fusible web, and cut out the shape.

Free project instructions for stitching a multi-piece heirloom applique designs
Repeat for each applique piece that you'll use in the design.

Free project instructions for stitching a multi-piece heirloom applique designs
Now that the applique pieces and fusible web is cut to the right shape, it's time to embroider the design.

Hoop the towel with one piece of medium-weight cutaway stabilizer. Load the full applique design (not the dieline) to your embroidery machine.

Free project instructions for stitching a multi-piece heirloom applique designs
The color change sheet for the design shows the stitching order. First up is an outline for the owl's body.

Free project instructions for stitching a multi-piece heirloom applique designs
Take the fabric for the owl's body and peel back the fusible web. Place that right in the stitched outline.

Free project instructions for stitching a multi-piece heirloom applique designs
A tackdown, or zigzag, stitches next, and that binds the applique fabric to the towel.

Free project instructions for stitching a multi-piece heirloom applique designs
The next thing to stitch is a dieline for the stomach fabric piece. Peel back the fusible web, and place that right in the stitched outline.

Free project instructions for stitching a multi-piece heirloom applique designs
And then, the wings. Peel back the fusible web, and place the wings right in the stitched outline.

Free project instructions for stitching a multi-piece heirloom applique designs
Other elements will stitch, like the eyes and cupcake detail.

Free project instructions for stitching a multi-piece heirloom applique designs
After the design has finished, take the towel out of the hoop. Cut the excess stabilizer away from the back. I leave about a half inch of stabilizer around the design.

Free project instructions for stitching a multi-piece heirloom applique designs
Most fusible web will advise that it be pressed to permanently adhere the fabric. Check the package instructions for those details.

Free project instructions for stitching a multi-piece heirloom applique designs
Multi-piece applique designs are a wonderful way to incorporate your favorite colors, prints, and patterns in your embroidery projects.


Do you have questions or comments? Would you like to share pictures of projects you've made with heirloom applique designs? Let us know! Send your message and photos to stitch@emblibrary.com.

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