It’s becoming that time of year again. Besides those renegade 70 degree days, I’m afraid the
cold air is beginning to settle in Kansas City. I have resisted as long as I could but it is time to dig out the long sleeves and abandoned blue jeans and put the shorts and sundresses away….at least for a little
As I’m plowing through the piles of clothes that I hung on to- “just in case they still fit”, I realize
Number 1: Despite not eating their veggies, my kids have grown!
Number 2: My kids play hard no matter what season it is!
I sort into piles of, “what can stay”, and “what has to go.” However there are a few items that
haven’t yet seen their nine lives! Some are too short, too stretched, or too faded for one more season,
but too hole-y or stained? This I can fix!
What was once considered a school picture worthy outfit will now have a new home in the play
clothes drawer. I will make these flaws go incognito, and I’ll show you how to do the same. Below is a
tutorial on how to send your kids back to the playground in style. It will be our little secret!
Step 1: Pick your garment
Step 2: Assemble your patch materials- scrap fabric, scissors, needle, coordinating or contrasting
thread, iron-on adhesive (Heat and Bond) for medium weight fabrics, iron, shape templates
Step 3: Trace your appliqué. Get creative and use old cookie cutters, your child's drawing or print one of our free appliqué templates....coming soon!
Step 4: Using a dry iron on cotton setting, iron traced appliqué to the wrong side of your fabric (rough side of Heat and Bond facing the wrong side of fabric) for just 2-4 seconds.
Step 5: Cut out.
Step 6: Peel off backing and place on garment you wish to appliqué.
Step 7: If you iron over a silk screen, make sure to use a press cloth or scrap fabric over the top to protect your iron. Iron for 10 seconds to glue to garment.
Step 8: Sew or not to sew! Its up to you! If you used the Heat and Bond Ultrahold you an skip this step and go straight to embellishments! Next, use a straight stitch on your sewing machine or pull out your embroidery thread and sew around your design.
Step 9: Embellish embellish embellish!!! Get creative, use pom poms and string garland with a needle tread and embroidery floss. Rosette trim can be your best friend! You can use along the bottom of pant legs, as the trim across the top of a stocking or center of a flower. Use lace to trim the bottom of pant legs. You may also use to add an inch to the bottom of the pants your daughter out grew!
Step 10: Send us pictures of your projects!!! We hope you have as much fun as we do with our little ones! Allow your child to chose his/her own fabric for his/her own appliqué! Get them involved! Most of all......have fun!