Over the next couple of weeks, I'm going to show you several cute holiday projects you can make to get a jump start on the holidays!
Christmas Cookies is an adorable 10-design set. The cookies are super cute when appliqued on items but they are really darling when stitched as freestanding applique.
What is Freestanding Applique?
Applique designs are typically stitched onto another fabric, like a shirt or a towel. When applique design edges are finished with satin stitches, you can make the designs stand on their own. The trick is using a heat-away stabilizer.
Creating the Cookies
Hoop a heat-away stabilizer. (A water-soluble stabilizer can be used as well.) Heat-away stabilizers work really well for freestanding applique because they pull away cleanly without any need for further removal.
Depending on how your stabilizer stands up, you may want to add another layer of stabilizer (scraps work well) just over the satin stitching area. Satin stitching can perforate the stabilizer if just one layer is used.
Stitch out the placement stitches.
Remove the hoop from the machine and add a piece of felt to the front and also to the back. You can attach the felt with spray adhesive, painter's tape, or glue stick.
Reattach the hoop and stitch the tack-down stitching.
Since felt was placed on both the front and back, the tack-down stitches show where each side should be trimmed.
Trim felt on both sides.
Continue stitching. Add extra stabilizer to support the satin stitch edges if necessary.
I left off some of the detail embroidery so that I could add buttons and other embellishments.
If you use the same thread in the bobbin, both sides will look good!
Whether you use a water-soluble or heat-away stabilizer, they easily tear away when embroidery is finished.
Plate them up for a fun addition to your Christmas décor.