Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Appliqué Way

Unfortunately it's that time of year to start thinking about back-to-school basics for my kids (although it's currently 90 degrees in Portland! Hoodies are a staple item in this wet-weather town but I was struggling trying to find something "simple" that my 4-yr-old-fashionista would agree to wear that wasn't an explosion of bad graphics and brand logos. I found some solid-colored hoodies at H&M kids, then my daughter helped choose and cut out some floral designs from my scrap bins. My favorite part is the flower that she insisted I add to the hood. This was my first real venture in machine appliqué, but found it quite easy and addicting. I recommend using the iron-on adhesive backing which adds stability to the fabric to the appliquéd as well as keeping the fabric in place without pins.