Everyday Applique

Created By:

Meredith Daniel

Skill Level: Beginner

Do you ever feel there is a pressure to have something new? To come up with something different? Sometimes, when I am thinking of projects to share, I get too caught up in the novel, and forget that spicing up the everyday is really a stress free, and easy approach to exercising creativity and adding beauty to the world one stitch at a time. So guess what we are going to do today? We are going to take a simple, everyday item and give it some handmade love, and I think you will be inspired to see what you already have in a new light. I hope you will find joy in the simplicity of this everyday appliqué project and apply it in places that cause you to smile. Once upon a time, I decided I was going to be that fun, creative mom and allowed my three young children to have full reign over acrylic paints on my bare dining room table. After all, it was just a bit (okay, a lot) of paint. Well I found out that once it dries, short of refinishing the table, that paint was just part of the table. And it is everywhere, in every color. Now we use tablecloths regularly because I am not refinishing that table until the children are a bit older. So I'm going to show you how I took a plain grey tablecloth, and made it more "me" with just a bit of pretty fabric and a trusty appliqué stitch. I am sewing this project on my Janome Skyline S9, which is a combination machine, but I have never encountered a regular machine that doesn't include a simple applique stitch, so I am confident you will be able to do this project no matter what machine you are stitching on!

Janome Supplies Required
  • Click Here to download the Pattern
  • ready made tablecloth
  • some fabrics that you love.- I'm using 10 Liberty prints that make me smile
  • interfacing
  • wonder under (optional for fusing shapes- I didn't use it here)
  • thread that coordinates with your fabric
  • bunny template, if using (you can choose your own shape!)
  • scissors, a pencil or water soluble pen, and pins

Cut 6"x10' pieces from your fabrics and interfacing. This is large enough to fit the bunny, but if you are using a different template, just be sure to cut pieces that will fit your template. Fuse interfacing to fabric following manufacturers directions. If you are planning to use Wonder Under to fuse your template to your tablecloth, go ahead and fuse the first side, and leave the paper backing for now.

Trace template onto wrong side (interfaced or Wonder Under side), and cut all pieces with sharp scissors.

Pin or fuse your cut fabric pieces to tablecloth to prepare for appliqué.

Using your desired applique stich and foot F, stitch around each bunny.

You've done it! Look at that cute little bun.

and this one!

et viola! You have taken an ordinary tablecloth and made it extraordinary!

Now go grab some tea towels, and embellish them too! The possibilities are endless when you use this simple method to add a touch of YOU to everyday items. A project need not be difficult or time consuming to add measureless beauty to your home, your wardrobe, your life. 

hint: try this everyday appliqué on bath towels, shower curtains, sweatshirts, or an old piece of clothing that could use new life. 

I hope this inspires you to stitch today! Share your projects on social media using #oliviajanehandcrafted and #madewithjanome -Meredith

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

I like the concept, but the directions are "sloppy." Nowhere in the supply list does it mention the felt or the batting (how much?). Also, I would never use a high loft batting in a placemat, or a table runner, as I think that it would be too unstable for a glass. The next time I make these, I will cut out the batting (I use flannel) and spray baste it to the wrong side of the Dresden plate before I put the Dresden plate on the felt to cut out. I have not yet washed the finished placemat, and am hoping that the single layer of felt does not curl up, or become distorted after washing/drying.
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I made this today but your cutting directions need to be changed. You only need 4 of color 1 and color 3 4.5 squares for the triangles. Also the inner border, you only need 2 cuts as WOF is long enough to cut each in half to fit the sides.
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I've had this machine for only a week now. I bought it used from a lady who makes her own clothes, but she no longer needed the machine. During the purchase, she noted that she is almost sad that it's better to give it away because of how well the machine performed. (I also bought it along side a computerized machine of another brand.} She demoed the machine for us, showing it worked and gave us everything (including the box it came in!) She took amazing care of this machine. I have used it a few times now, and the directions for threading were easy to follow (albeit my hands are quite large so the lower looper was a pain, but that is no fault to the machine or brand.) And I recommend this machine to anyone who wants to learn to serge and wants a machine that can grow with them. I will happily use this machine time and time again.
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I love, love, love my S9! It's sews and embroiders beautifully and it's simplicity of use amazes me. I would recommend this machine for both a beginner and an experienced seamstress. If I would ask anything of Janome it would be to upgrade the programming to run a larger hoop size. I understand that it can't get much wider but there is most definitely room for it to go longer. That is the only limitation of this machine.
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I purchased a Memorycraft 15000 a few years ago and it was the best purchase I ever made! This machine can do just about anything you would would ever want! I love the capability of using the Acuedit app to set up my embroidery pattern on my Ipad and then download it to the machine! I love how my embroidery looks upon completion and I love all the good lighting it has to light up your workspace. That way you don’t need to worry about where to set up your machine. It also has plenty of room to do machine embroidery on any size quilts! There are many decorative stitches from which to choose that are outstanding! It’s hard to choose which one to use! There are so many great features it is hard to decide what I love the most. If you want to buy only one machine to last a lifetime, I would recommend this one!
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The S9 is amazing. I learned to sew by hand when I was just 5 and in my grandmothers way as she was quilting. I took seeing classes in high school until they would no longer let me sign up. The S9 makes me appreciate my current skills as well as motivate me to want to learn more. This machine is awesome.
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My Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000 is fantastic! I love, love, love this machine! When I came across the Eye for and Eye embroidery design today, I wanted to make it. However, the embroidery file is missing. Nothing downloads when I select the download button. Please help!
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Monday, August 16, 2021

I made the Halloween treat bag for my new granddaughter and I’m sure it will last for years. No embroidery machine so I appliquéd the lettering. Need a little more skirt fabric for a better gathered look, and I used thin double-bias tape for the skirt hem, over edge stitch on skirt sides. I’m pleased with my results!
Very helpful tutorial
Wednesday, October 25, 2023

I want to say thank you for teaching me this method of applique. I was able to do it with a small letters. This method is the best so far from all of those I've seen and tried.
So useful
Thursday, November 30, 2023

I'd like to express my gratitude for teaching me this appliqué method. I successfully applied it with small letters, and, so far, it's the most effective among all the methods I've seen and tried.

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