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Date: 11/10/12 1:23 AM

I have only just started sewing and havn't yet used appliques on clothing, except for a couple of small iron-on motifs.

I am making matching aprons for my nieces and their mum for Christmas. I wanted to put their names on them but not sure what to use to do this?

Iron-on motifs here (Australia) aren't cheap and at approx $3 per letter it works out a little expensive.

Is there another way to put their names on the aprons? I have seen a bit about making your own appliques and sewing them on - is this easy for a beginner?

I also considered fabric paint, but again I have not done this before - don't want it to look too tacky!

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Date: 11/10/12 1:55 AM

You have to have a machine that does embroidery if I understand completely what you want. You can use fabric crayons and then heat set the words with your iron (an old quilter's trick!)

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Date: 11/10/12 2:03 AM

I only have a basic machine. Thats a shame - I really wanted to put their names on them. Maybe the crayons then.

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Date: 11/10/12 4:45 AM

How about the iron on transfer paper you print on your computer printer. You just have to remember to do the name as a mirror image.

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Date: 11/10/12 7:28 AM

Applique is the FIRST thing I ever did on a sewing machine, way back in 4H when I was in junior high. Simple applique is very easy, and can be done on any sewing machine with a zigzag stitch.

A few years ago, I made this wallhanging for my nephew on a bargain basement straight/zigzag Brother:



To make the name, I printed the letters out on my computer, cut them out, and used them as patterns. Were I to do it again, I would print them on heavier cardstock and trace around them on the fabric, rather than attempting to pin the tiny paper letters to the fabric and then cut them out... but it all worked out fine.

I fused the letters in place using little bits of Steam-a-Seam, and then sewed around them using a satin stitch (a zigzag set with a very short stitch length). I practiced first to get the right stitch settings and learn how to turn tiny corners, etc. It didn't take long to get the hang of it.

It really is *super* easy. You can find lots more detailed instructions and tips online--monogrammed pillows have been popular lately and there are gads of tutorials out there.

Have fun!
-- Edited on 11/10/12 7:28 AM --

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Date: 11/10/12 8:11 AM

1) Use a stencil to paint the letters.
2) Or outline large letters with your stencil, then stitch the outline in a contrast thread.
3) If you have artistic handwriting, trace on the fabric, then use a thin cording and zigzag over it for a raised name. I have used this for Christmas stockings.

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Date: 11/10/12 8:28 AM

gramma b,

This is very similar to what I just saw on a Bernina webcast and it looked really good. She used Sharpie to color in a letter (drawn first in pencil). Then she did a stitch around the edge (zigzag? - can't remember). Then, and this made it look very cool, she put a few stitching lines down the letter. This gave it a textured look and really helped disguise the fact it was a Sharpie colored in letter. The end result looked very fabric-like.

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Date: 11/10/12 9:09 AM

Interesting!
Sharpie doesn't bleed? For aprons there would be washing.
I know there are good fabric pens like Pigma used for doll faces etc--maybe someone has a favorite brand?
I remember when H. was wearing dress shirts, all those office guys used to have ink marks on their pockets from sticking in the fiber pens.
-- Edited on 11/12/12 7:31 AM --

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Date: 11/10/12 8:57 PM

Hadnt thought of using the computer - great idea!

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Date: 11/10/12 9:00 PM

She didn't really discuss that. The question crossed my mind too! I think she was doing this on an ereader cover so it wouldn't be washed often but would have to washed at some point. I see an experiment in my future

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