How to Stitch Down Appliqué Pieces on the Santa Claus Pillow | a Shabby Fabrics Tutorial

How to Stitch Down Appliqué Pieces on the Santa Claus Pillow | a Shabby Fabrics Tutorial

[ Musical intro ] Hi! It’s Tammy with Shabby Fabrics. I wanted to bring you guys a fun
Christmas project today, something that I just love to make. This project is the Merry Christmas—it’s the Santa Claus pillow from Bareroots. Barri Sue did this.
I love her embroidery, she does such a nice job,
all the little touches that just make it so sweet.
She has all the little embroidery on here, you can see the little snowflakes!
There’s even little beads on here. You can put beads on here,
you could do French knots if you didn’t want to do the beads.
We do have kits available on this, they come with all the thread.
This is our thread set here for your appliqué.
And we do have the embroidery threads come like this to do
all of your embroidery with. You get the beads, you get everything!
So what I would like to do is— sometimes machine appliqué
can be a little bit intimidating and we’ve had a lot of questions
about when to use what stitches. So I would like to show you today
how I would approach this project and do some machine appliqué with you.
So let’s put this aside. All right.
So I have another pillow done here and what we’ve done is we’ve just built
the base and then I’ve got all the shapes, or appliqué down—or, they’re not appliquéd,
they’re just fused down. So let’s do some appliqué.
So I would like to do, like on this house right here, I would do, like, a blanket stitch.
I love the blanket stitches. One of my favorite stitches in doing machine appliqué. So I’m gonna go to the machine;
I’m gonna talk to you about how we would actually set our machine up and what—how we would go about
doing that stitch on here. All right. So here we are at the machine. So I am using an open toe foot so I can see where my machine is going to be
making the stitches. So that’s important. I have my tan thread in the top,
and I have a tan thread in the bobbin, and I’m using 50 weight thread— that’s what I have,
in top thread and in my bobbin thread— both my bobbin thread and my top thread match.
They’re 50 weight. And I’m just using a topstitch needle. All right. So I have found a stitch on my machine and it’s a blanket stitch.
And I’m just gonna sew a little bit and show you what the stitch looks like. It’s important to just find
a piece of practice fabric. I’m gonna do this on black fabrics,
so I think you can see it. All right? You see that? Okay, so this stitch is actually pretty big. It’s really long—the jump over is really long. I want to narrow that back a little bit
because my shape is smaller. So I’m going to decrease my length and my width a little bit on this. Let’s play with this a little bit here. Okay, now I think— I also decrease the width of my stitch, as well as my links. It’s always important to practice.
Oh, see, that’s much better! I think that’s the stitch I’m looking for. See how much narrower that is, now?
I like this stitch. So what I would do now is,
I would actually take— in a little book that I keep next to my machine
and I would record the width and the length and the stitch number, so that the next time
I go to do this type of appliqué, I just pull out my book
and then I have my stitches right there. So I’m gonna cut my thread
and I’m gonna grab my project. I’m going to show you how I would start this. All right. Here we go.
I’m going to grab my top thread and hang on to that
because I don’t want that to get tangled up. All right. So when I’m doing this,
I want my needle to come down on the edge of my appliqué
and then the— when it swings over
and takes that little bite, I want that swing onto my appliqué and back. And then it’s gonna take a stitch forward
and go back again, like this. That’s your blanket stitch, just like that.
All right, so let’s do that here. I’m just going to drop my needle down one stitch— perfect, that’s exactly where I want it. I’m going to start right in that upper corner. So I’m going to take one stitch
over and back again. One stitch, okay?
Now I’m going to go backwards. I’m gonna hit my back button. There we go. Now we’re just going to keep on
stitching all the way down. So what I’m watching here is,
I’m making sure that my needle is right on the edge of this fabric. I’m watching my stitch and I’m paying attention to how this machine
is stitching it. So it comes forward, jumps over, back, forward. You see that? That’s important,
to know what it’s doing and where it is in the stitch
when you come up to a corner like this. Okay. So let’s do the corner. I’m gonna come up to my corner.
Ah. Okay. I want to take now one stitch forward, like that. Now I’m gonna turn this machine,
gonna turn it. Now I’m gonna take— my side stitch is actually
gonna run right along the fabric, the edge of the fabric. See that? Perfect. Now I’m gonna start coming down
this edge right here. See there? So I didn’t—whoop! I’m gonna come up to my door here.
So I’m gonna actually reverse and tie this off. I’m gonna pick this up,
and I’m just going to jump over— there we go. I’m gonna start again. Now I’m gonna do a backstitch again. There we go. All right. Let’s do another corner. Okay.
So I’m straight in the corner right here and you see that—move the foot out of the way
so hopefully you guys can see that on the camera. So I’m right here in the very corner
and I know that I just came forward. The next thing this needle is gonna do is
it’s gonna go side-to-side. So I’m gonna turn this all the way around
so the side to side stitch actually goes along the bottom of my appliqué.
Watch. See that? So it went along the bottom of the appliqué. Now I can just go ahead
and continue right up the side. [ Sewing machine whirring ] All right. So I’m at the end and I am gonna go ahead
and do a little backstitch on this, just like that. I cut my thread— there we go. So you can see at the bottom,
how clean that corner is? Both my corners are nice and clean. I just came up to it, and when I did the side swing on the machine
it actually went along this edge before it took off.
And when I got to this one, it did the side swing this way,
and then we took off, straight down. All right. So on smaller shapes,
or shapes that have points on them, a lot of times I’ll just do a straight stitch. So I would just do a straight stitch here
on my little door. Let’s do that really quick.
I’m just gonna use the same tan thread and change my stitches now. You know what? In fact, we should probably
take a look at our stitches. So let me actually stitch out
just a straight stitch, because I know that your stitch— so you know what your
straight stitch looks like. If that’s too big you can make
your stitch a little bit smaller. Sometimes on smaller shapes
I try to make my stitches just a little bit smaller. Not a lot smaller.
You see the difference there? I like that better
for going around tight corners. Okay. So we’ll go ahead and do our little roof, or our door. I was gonna
do the door, I think. Okay. All right. So again,
I’m gonna hang onto my thread. Now on the door, I just want to come
about an eighth of an inch on the inside of this. So I’m watching on my foot— right here in the middle, it has a mark right in the center of the foot
where my needle is going to come down. So I’m watching that, and actually it’s kind of nice
that this door is actually a stripe. I’ll just go back one stitch to secure that, because I can just run straight up that stripe. Take one more stitch across the top
and then back down, and then across the bottom. Cute! All right. Come back and cut our thread. There we go.
I would do a straight stitch on my windows, my chimney, your door—or your roof, here. Now I’m looking at Santa, here, and I think it would be really cute to do a satin stitch. I love to do a satin stitch So I’m gonna change my thread out,
and when I come back we’re gonna play with a satin stitch
and I’ll teach you that. Okay! So, here we go. So, um—to do a satin stitch, you’re gonna start with a zig-zag stitch. So let’s just see how the machine
does a zig-zag. Wow! That’s just my regular zig-zag,
that’s my normal setting on the machine. So now I’m gonna start playing with it. And I’m gonna definitely make this smaller. Okay. Because I want that—
the stitch much tighter together, Let’s see where we’re at.
It’s getting better. See how that’s better?
But it’s still not quite where I want it. Let’s go down a little bit more. Let’s take a look at that.
It’s almost there. Let’s go down a little bit more. All right, let’s try that. There we go. Sew a little bit so you can see that.
I like that much better. It’s not—and you can see on here, it’s not perf— I mean, it’s not perfect. It’s not so tight together
like it’s an embroidery-machine-together, but I know that I’m gonna be stitching
on white fabric. So I know that, that— the little black that you can see between the stitches
is only because I’m on black fabric. I think that stitch will be all right.
I don’t want it to be so tight. If you get too tight on this stitch,
your machine is not going to move. It’ll get—it’ll gather up that stitch
underneath your foot. You’re not going to like it.
So I tend to do this a little bit looser. I like that stitch. So I’m going to—
and I like the width of it. So let’s go ahead. I’m going to do this
around Santa’s hat here. I think it’d be really cute to put a satin stitch around his hat, kind of like it’s furry or fuzzy. So I’m gonna keep the center of my foot— This is going to be
right where the edge of my appliqué is, so that my needle is going halfway on the— Well, you know, let’s move it over just a little bit.
I wanted to hit the red, but I want this stitch
to be mostly on the appliqué. All right. So it’s—and I’m not going
to do a backstitch here, because doing a backstitch—
I’m just gonna over-stitch it when I come up. All right, all right.
So we’re gonna give it a start here. So I’m watching ahead of myself now, and coming up on a curve,
and I’m gonna slow way down on a curve. I’m just going to take a couple stitches at a time and now I’m going to stop.
Now you can see, I’m going to sew, if I keep on sewing straight,
I’m going to sew right off of this thing. So I’m going to turn this around. I’m gonna give it a couple more stitches.
Come on. There we go. Stop on the outside. I’m going to turn it again, I’m gonna come around. I want my stitches to be nice and smooth, so I’m just trying to turn it
just a little bit at a time. I’m not— not turning it a lot, I’m just
turning it slowly, small increments. I’m gonna stop with my needle on the outside
of the appliqué when I turn this. There we go. See how it’s still in that corner?
I’m gonna turn it again. There we go. Cute! I like the way that looks.
Go across this brim here. All right, so let’s do another corner.
So I’m slowing way down on this. I’m gonna stop on the outside,
and I’m just gonna turn it just a little bit. Okay. I’m gonna stop, I’m gonna
turn my fabric a little bit again, and I’m just kind of
turning my fabric as I go. But if the machine gets ahead of me,
I need to stop and turn my fabric. I think the key to doing this
is just keep your machine moving, but go very slowly on your corners. Stop—always stop with your needle on the outside of your appliqué,
or to your right. So I stop when it’s on the outside edge,
not on that inside edge. Again—I’m gonna turn again,
it’s a pretty tight little corner. I’ll just over-stitch a little bit,
and backstitch a little bit. How cute is that? I love that. It just added so much texture to Santa’s little hat.
I think that’s so cute. I love it. So you can play with that,
you can do his mustache, his hat here, the little ball. If you do a circle, just—
again, you’re just gonna go very, very slowly, constantly turning your machine.
Appliqué is so much fun, but it really does— it just takes time. So just play with it, have fun!
I think this was great. Okay, so now let’s take this over
and talk about the embroidery part of this. Okay, so here I am back.
We’re going to use a Wafer 2 Daylight box. I love these boxes they’re very light, they’re LED lights.
It’ll go very, very bright. I have my pattern, and I’m gonna show you how I got
the Merry Christmas on here. And this is black fabric,
so it’s very difficult to see through. If you’re trying to hold this up to a window
or something like that, you could do that. I would tape the heck out of it, if you’re doing that;
just make sure your pattern is taped to the window— the project is completely taped
to the window so that it doesn’t move. Or you could use the Lightbox which is much easier. That’s what I’m going to show you.
So I’m gonna turn this Lightbox on and I have it on the brightest setting
that it will give me. I’m gonna center this for my appliqué. There we go, all right. I’m going to use
a Sewline pencil. These are amazing. It is a chalk pencil, it’s white, and it shows up beautifully on black fabric.
I love these pencils. All right. So we are just now—
I can see this lettering, and I think we’re going to
zoom in with the camera so that you guys can see
what I’m doing here. So I’m just gonna trace this Y. Just gonna give a coup—just gonna run over
that a couple of times with that, just like this. And we just did a backstitch with this.
Oh, this is so cute! We did a backstitch with the white thread,
white embroidery floss. And then we did a little French knot
at the top of these. That is so cute to do a
French knot at the very top and at the end when you
start and stop your stitch. And I’m going to turn off the light box
so that we can see—there we go! See, how beautiful is that?
You can really see your stitches. To embroider—this is your embroidery floss
that comes in your kit. You’ve got lots of white, you’ve got your green,
your gold, your red, all the colors that you need to do this. And Barri does give you very good direction
on how to do your embroidery, what stitches she’s using,
that’s all included in the pattern. I hope you had fun and learned some new
tips and tricks on how to do machine appliqué. We’ll see you next time
on another Shabby Fabrics video! [ Musical outro ]

20 thoughts on “How to Stitch Down Appliqué Pieces on the Santa Claus Pillow | a Shabby Fabrics Tutorial

  1. Thank you so much for doing this video. I have so many projects not finished because I'm afraid of the machine applique. This helps so much.

  2. I bought one of your quilt kits that has a lot of flowers to applique. Some really little. Turning the quilt top under my throat is a pain. I put the quilt away for now because I was getting so frustrated. Any hints about this?

  3. Thank you so much Tammy. You make it look so easy. For some reason I am totally intimidated by applique. Love watching you do it.

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