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Thread: Anyone make their own appliques?

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    Super Member luvstoquilt's Avatar
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    I use cookie cutters, color books, etc.
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    I do my applique shapes with wonderunder fusible on the back and blanket stitch them down. This works on quilting cotton. What are your burp cloth backgrounds? If they are flannel, then a fusible applique should work. If they are terry cloth, it should still work but you will have to be a little more careful ironing them on and stiching the edge. As others have mentioned computer clip art is a good source for images. Our Walmart has big bargain bags of assorted embroidery/applique shapes (with the assorted button bags) in the sewing aisle for about $7? You could check to see if yours carries them and if they could work.

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    Coloring books work really well, as does simple clipart from the internet
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    I like using coloring books. You can also find some really cute ones using stickers. In the Michael's stores they have wooden cutouts of zoo animals, etc. that would make really cute appliques.

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    I take them from anywhere! Google coloring pages, take pictures of anything you run into that you like (take a pattern on a piece of fabric for example); take a picture, load it onto your computer, print and make your own stencils/patterns to cut from. It's really simple. You can use your own colors. I do that a lot.

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    I print many shapes from the web and have also gotten quite a few wooden shapes from Joanns, Hobby Lobby and Michaels. They sometimes go on sale for 4 for $1.
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    Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I will give it a try as soon as I slow down. Haven't had any time to sew anything.The month of July just flew by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    I do my applique shapes with wonderunder fusible on the back and blanket stitch them down. This works on quilting cotton. What are your burp cloth backgrounds? If they are flannel, then a fusible applique should work. If they are terry cloth, it should still work but you will have to be a little more careful ironing them on and stiching the edge. As others have mentioned computer clip art is a good source for images. Our Walmart has big bargain bags of assorted embroidery/applique shapes (with the assorted button bags) in the sewing aisle for about $7? You could check to see if yours carries them and if they could work.
    Yes, I am using flannel on one side of the burp cloths and terry cloth on the reverse side. I will check our Walmart out and see what they have. We have three superWalmart in a town near by. Our local smaller walmarts don't carry much of anything in this department. Thanks for your help.

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    I make a lot of machine applique quilts and have used purchased patterns and also made a lot of my own from coloring books and on line images, even drawn a lot of my own. I just visited an aquarium in Tulsa and bought this coloring book. Can't wait to make a baby alphabet quilt using this as the basis.
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