Appliques

Converting Our Hedgehog Applique into a Hedgehog Embroidery

Recently, Pixie, Fairy and their friend Sprite have been learning embroidery. It reminded me of how much I enjoy needlework. Right now they are learning the back stitch and French knots using an embroidery pattern we purchased of three adorable little girls. (I'll talk more about that when they are done.) I embroidered one of the little girls, too, and after talking to my DIL Meghan, decided to turn the piece into a pillow for Little Lady.

Of course, that means Little Guy needs a pillow, too. I decided to turn our Hedgehog Applique Block into an embroidery pattern. You could do the same with any of our FREE Applique Blocks. This is how I did it.

First, I made a copy of the pattern which can be found HERE. I then used my new light box to trace the pattern onto a piece of soft white cotton, using a water erasable marker. Of course, you can use any method to trace the pattern on a piece of cloth.

When I was done tracing the pattern it looked like this. You will notice the lines that indicate the ground and how the vine just stops.

Since I wanted the design to be in the middle of a pillow, and I wanted to leave space all the way around it, using the water erasable marker, I free-hand continued the vine to go around the back and under the hedgehog. Notice two things... first, I used the same type of curls I used above the hedgehog, and two, I was none too neat about it! What a mess! But I didn't worry about the mess, because the marker is erasable with water. No worries!

Now I was ready to start stitching.

Directions for how to make all the stitches used can be found in our Stitching Glossary.

I used a back stitch and 2 strands of standard DMC embroidery floss on everything accept the "berries". For the nose and eyes I began by outlining them, then I went back and filled them in with back stitches. If you would like, you could use a satin stitch. Note: Satin stitches are longer, and can easily get caught and snagged. If I was doing this as a wall hanging, I would consider using a satin stitch, but since it will be a pillow, which will be carried around, I wanted small stitches throughout the piece.

For the berries, I used 3 strands of DMC floss, and made French Knots.

I used a 7" embroidery hoop.

When I was done, the hedgehog looked like this.

Notice how I improvised on the back of the vine. Doesn't matter, all the blue lines will disappear!

Finally, I sprayed the piece using a fine mist, and like magic, all the blue markings disappeared!

Wah lah... here is our Hedgehog all done, ready to be turned into the center panel of a pillow. I love the retro 1940's feel it has to it. I'll share that as soon as I can unearth my sewing machine!


 

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Froggy Umbrella Applique Block

When Bug was just a wee lad, he was in love with his frog umbrella. You'd never hear him complain on a rainy day because out came "Froggy" and together the 2 would brave the elements. Bug was also known to tote Froggy on sunny days, too. You just can't spend enough time with a good friend, can you?

Bug still has Froggy, but he's gotten to the age when he's more apt to make a mad dash to his destination in the rain rather than take the time for a leisurely walk with his frog. So, let's call this my ode to Froggy Umbrella. He served Bug well!


As with all blocks, our Froggy Umbrella Applique was designed for a 6" x 6" block, but can be reduced or enlarged to meet your needs. Enjoy!

The pattern for the FREE Froggy Umbrella Applique Block can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Enlarge and Reduce can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Cut Out Felt can be found HERE.

The Stitching Glossary can be found HERE.

Refer to pattern and photo for applique placements and cutting instructions.

Make a copy of the pattern.

Cut out felt using the pattern as a guide. Transfer any embroidery markings.

Using a running stitch, sew eyes to block using 2 strands of floss.

Using a running stitch, sew umbrella cane to block using 2 strands floss.

Using a blanket stitch, sew umbrella section "a" to block using 3 strands floss. Note: Where section "a" will be covered by umbrella sections "b" and "c", use a running stitch. 

Using a blanket stitch, sew umbrella sections "b" and "c" over umbrella section "a" using 3 strands floss.

Using a running stitch, sew cheeks to umbrella using 2 strands floss.

Using a running stitch, sew irises to eyes using 2 strands floss.

Using a running stitch, sew handle to cane using 2 strands floss.

Using a stem stitch, add  mouth using 6 strands floss.

Add French knots to section points using 6 strands floss.
 

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Please With A Cherry On Top Applique Block

As a child, if we wanted something really bad, we'd say, "Please with a cherry on top?" because who can resist a cherry on top? I know I can't. I could eat an entire jar of maraschino cherries, but, oh, having just one on top makes just about any sweet treat all the more special! Today we are sharing our Please With A Cherry On Top Applique Block. Here is a totally yummy cupcake, oozing with frosting, and the pièce de résistance... a cherry on top, of course! Like all our appliques, this one was designed to fit on a 6" x 6" block but it can be reduced or enlarged to meet your needs.

Yum... right?
 

The pattern for the Please With A Cherry On Top FREE Applique Block can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Enlarge and Reduce can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Cut Out Felt can be found HERE.

The Stitching Glossary can be found HERE.


DIRECTIONS - Refer to pattern and photo for applique placements and cutting instructions.

Make a copy of the pattern.

Cut out felt using the pattern as a guide. Transfer any embroidery markings.

Using a blanket stitch, sew cupcake bottom to block using 3 strands floss.

Using a blanket stitch, sew first the bottom icing, then the middle icing, and finally the top icing to block using 3 strands floss. Use the pattern to determine the overlap.

Using a running stitch, sew cherry on cupcake using 2 strands floss.

Using a running stitch, sew leaves to block using 2 strands floss.

Using a stem stitch, add cherry stem, leaf detail, and cupcake stripes using 6 strands floss.

Using a straight stitch, add "sprinkles" to cupcake icing using 6 strands of floss. Use a random pattern for color placement.
 

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PHOTO: 9-24-09

 

Happy Snowman Applique Block


"In the meadow we can build a snowman". Oh, how I love our "Winter Wonderland"! There can be the slightest sprinkling of snow and  wee ones will be outside, carefully scooping up what precious little snow there is, hoping to build a towering snowman. But, when the weather's right, and the snow blankets the ground, you can be sure neighborhoods will be graced with the visitation of these jolly visitors.

I'm sure you can think of many places that are crying for this joyful snowman! As always, this Happy Snowman Applique Block was made to fit a 6" x 6" block, but you can reduce or enlarge the pattern to meet your own needs. I have a favorite wool coat that is beginning to show its age, but I can't bear to part with it, so... I'm thinking I can "gussie" it up, just for fun. Think it's yearning for a snowman!
 

The pattern for the Happy Snowman Applique Block can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Enlarge and Reduce can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Cut Out Felt can be found HERE.

The Stitching Glossary can be found HERE.


Accessories:
tiny black button eyes (3/16")

DIRECTIONS - Refer to pattern and photo for applique placements and cutting instructions.

Make a copy of the pattern.

Using the photo as a guide, cut out felt and transfer any embroidery markings.

Using a blanket stitch on the top and bottom, and a running stitch along the 2 sides, sew hills to block using 3 strands white.

Using a blanket stitch, sew snowman pieces to the block using 3 strands white in the following sequence; bottom, middle, top.

Position scarf ends piece in place. (The scarf neck will cover the top edge of this piece.) Using a small running stitch, sew scarf ends to snowman using 2 strands of floss along stitching line. (The 2 dangling pieces of scarf will not be sewn down, giving a 3-D look to the applique.)

Using the pattern as a guide, clip the 2 bottom edges of the scarf to give a fringed look.

Using a running stitch, sew scarf neck to snowman, covering the upper edge of the scarf ends, using 2 strands of floss.

Using a running stitch, sew hat to snowman using 2 strands of floss.

Using a running stitch, sew hat brim and tassel to snowman using 2 strands of floss.

Using a running stitch, sew carrot nose to snowman using 2 strands of floss.

Using French knots, stitch mouth using 6 strands of floss.

Sew on button eyes using 2 strands of floss. If you prefer you can sew on eyes using a satin stitch or French knots.

Using a stem stitch, add branch arms using 6 strands of floss.
 

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PHOTOS: 9-23-09

 

Piggy Applique Block

The question... which came first, the chicken or the egg?... is a debate best left for scholars, BUT, I can answer this question... which came first, the Pig Pull Toy (aka Pulled Pork) or this Little Piggy Applique Block?... and the answer is... the applique. I did a series of 4 barnyard animals for another project, and when the time came to make a pull toy for Little Guy's 1st birthday, I immediately thought of this applique. I simply had to enlarge the pattern and cut it out of wood. Like all of our appliques, it was designed to fit on a 6" x 6" block, but it can be enlarged or reduced to meet your needs. Bet you can think of someplace to put this Little Piggy, right? Enjoy!

The pattern for the Little Piggy Applique Block can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Enlarge and Reduce can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Cut Out Felt can be found HERE.

The Stitching Glossary can be found HERE.

DIRECTIONS - Refer to pattern and photo for applique placements and cutting instructions.

Make a copy of the pattern.

Cut out felt. Transfer any embroidery markings.

Using a blanket stitch, sew body to block using 3 strands floss.

Using a blanket stitch at the top and bottom of pig and a running stitch on either side of the stripe, sew stripe to body using 3 strands floss.

Using a blanket stitch, sew rear leg to pig using 3 strands floss.

Using a running stitch, sew ear to pig using 2 strands floss.

Using a blanket stitch, sew front leg to pig using 3 strands floss.

Using a stem stitch, embroider tail using 6 strands floss.

French knot an eye using 6 strands floss.
 

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PHOTO: 1-30-10
 
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