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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Heart applique with Blanket Stitch tutorial

I'm reposting from a guest post last year on Sumo's Sweet Stuff!  With Valentine's coming up soon, this is a simple and sweet project you can add to any existing t-shirt!
I love the look of a blanket stitch and started a Pinterest board with some projects and tutorials!

I'm taking my own spin on it and embellishing a bodysuit with a blanket stitch around an applique!  I am lucky and have an awesome embroidery machine that I usually use for appliques but I thought for the tutorial I would show you the cheap and easy way of making a quick applique!  (To see some of my cute applique items visit my facebook shop!)

Pellon Wonder Under
Fabric Scrap
Embroidery Floss
Large Eye Embroidery Needle
Applique Shape

I just used a simple heart shape and printed it from the computer.  Take the Wonder Under and trace the shape of your applique on to the WU
Cut out the WU and put it rough side down on the wrong side of your fabric scrap.  Use a hot, dry iron to fuse it to the fabric.
Cut out the fabric to the heart shape and gently peel the backing off the WU.
Place the fabric applique down on the bodysuit.  Take a damp cloth and put it on top of the applique and then use the iron to fuse the WU to the onesie.
Now for the fun blanket stitch embellishment!!!!

Take your embroidery floss and knot one end.  Bring up the thread from the back, back down and then up again right next to your original hole.

Take the needle and slide it through that first loop to the left.
Now that your thread tail is on the bottom, take the needle and point it down, making sure that the tail is underneath the needle as you pull it through.
Continue this stitch all the way around your applique
Here's what the back looks like.  When you're finished, just knot off the thread and cut.
Use this to embellish all sorts of projects!!!  I think the blanket stitch would also look darling around a pocket on a t-shirt or even a pair of jeans!

I hope you have fun with these options and I would love to see what you create!


  1. What a cute idea! I haven't used the blanket stitch in years. Perhaps I should start! Thanks for sharing!



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