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Vinyl Applique

Free project instructions for creating vinyl applique embroidery designs.

Free project instructions for creating vinyl applique embroidery designs.


Clearly amazing! Transparent vinyl applique makes specially created embroidery dazzle on pillows, totes, and more. Follow along as we give this bunny a shiny new pair of glasses!


Project Needs & Notes:

- 6 inch square of clear vinyl
- Medium-weight cutaway stabilizer
- Temporary spray adhesive
- Air-erase pen for marking
- Printed dieline
- Scissors
- Masking tape
- Thread for embroidery


Designs featured in this tutorial include:
- X5336, Bespectacled Bunny (Vinyl Applique)


Special notes:
Spray adhesive will show on clear vinyl. For best results, avoid spraying any adhesive onto the actual applique piece to keep it clean.

Trim all unwanted threads from the embroidery before placing and sewing the vinyl applique piece. Otherwise all unwanted threads will be trapped and seen in the final product.

Free project instructions for creating vinyl applique embroidery designs.

When you download the vinyl applique design, you'll find two files. One of the files is an embroidery file and the other is a dieline. The dieline file is marked with the letters DL. Dielines are used to cut the fabric to the right shape and size.

Open each dieline file with an embroidery software, and print it. If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom TrueSizer is a free program to use.

Free project instructions for creating vinyl applique embroidery designs.

Cut around the paper shape, leaving a good amount of space around the dieline circle.

Free project instructions for creating vinyl applique embroidery designs.

Tape the paper dieline onto the vinyl fabric, making sure it is completely flat.


Free project instructions for creating vinyl applique embroidery designs.

Now that the applique piece is ready, it is time to prepare the fabric for embroidery.

Cut a piece of cutaway stabilizer a bit larger than the hoop. Spray the stabilizer with a temporary adhesive, and smooth it onto the back of the fabric.

Free project instructions for creating vinyl applique embroidery designs.

Print out a template of the design from the embroidery program you used to print the dieline. A template, or printout of a design, is an excellent tool to help with placement.

Position the template where you want the embroidery to stitch out on the fabric. Mark the center point, as well as the horizontal and vertical axis lines with an air erase pen.

Free project instructions for creating vinyl applique embroidery designs.

Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together, aligning the marks on the hoop with the marks on the fabric.

Use a size 11 or 75/11 sharp sewing needle. A sharp sewing needle has a smaller, finer point than an embroidery needle. That means it will make smaller holes in the vinyl.

Free project instructions for creating vinyl applique embroidery designs.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design. Move the hoop so the needle is directly aligned with the center point on the fabric.

Begin embroidering the design. The inner detail of the bunny will embroider first.

Free project instructions for creating vinyl applique embroidery designs.

Follow your color change sheet. After embroidering the "dieline" step, remove the hoop from the machine, but do not unhoop the fabric or stabilizer.

Trim away all unwanted threads.

Free project instructions for creating vinyl applique embroidery designs.

Place the vinyl shapes inside of the dieline.

Hold the vinyl pieces in place by sticking small pieces of tape around the sides of the circle to adhere it to the fabric.

Free project instructions for creating vinyl applique embroidery designs.

Place the hoop back onto the machine, and continue with the design. Follow the color change sheet to embroider the "preliminary tack down" step. Here two small stitches will sew along the top and bottom edge of the vinyl dieline, adhering it to the fabric.

Once the preliminary tackdown has sewn, carefully remove the tape.

Free project instructions for creating vinyl applique embroidery designs.

Follow the color change sheet to embroider the remaining steps of the design. A tack down will sew first, followed by the finished satin edge of the glasses.

Free project instructions for creating vinyl applique embroidery designs.

Once the embroidery is completed, trim away the excess stabilizer from the back of the design, leaving about a 1/2" around the embroidery to finish.

Vinyl Applique



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