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Appliquéing is a way of stitching on a garment or an accessory. This application is used, for example, in costume fashion to provide patches with traditional motifs. In our case, appliqués can decorate not only fashion clothing effectively for further adornment, but also decorate defective areas nicely – especially in children’s clothing. Motifs can either be bought as well as made from fabric scraps and can even be embroidered. Read on to see how appliqués can be made and applied…

Step 1

For self-made appliqués, the appliqué is to be drawn on the wrong side of the fabric.

Step 2

To make sure that the appliqué is secure, you should fuse interfacing onto the wrong side of the fabric to be appliquéd and pinned along outer edge over drawn appliqué. Then the appliqué is sewn from the wrong side over the drawn line with small zig zag stitches. Then from the right side, the top fabric is cut away on the outside of the zig zag stitches.

Step 3

Then the appliqué edge should be stitched again with a more tightly set zig zag stitch. If the edge of the appliqué is to be somewhat raised, a cord can be included and zig zag stitched over.

Purse and Blazer

Finished! Appliqués are used, for example, in bags and accessories. Just like here in the children’s bag from the 10/2016 #146. Of course, there are appliqués not only for children’s fashion – they can also be used as an elegant, decorative element, as on this blazer from the 05/2014 #135.


Refined looks can be achieved with tulle appliqués. To do this, the motif is first drawn on the right side of the fabric and then the tulle is stuck to the wrong side of the fabric. The appliqué lines are stitched from the right with a tight zig zag stitch.


Top appliqués are very simple. These are stitched from the right with tight zig zag stitches along the outer edge of the design. These are usually appliqués that are store bought or pre made using an embroidery machine.


There are also ironing appliqués! For this, the fabrics are glued with Vliesofix, then the individual parts are cut out and pressed. For example, this girl dress with fox motif from the 08/2014 #148.

Happy appliquéing!


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    Aug 30, 2017, 05.04 AMby nrobson

    very useful info, a technique i’d like to apply again, very enhancing…

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    Aug 30, 2017, 01.01 AMby Cam18

    Very helpful info!

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