Tutorial: How to Applique Without an Embroidery Machine

Ok, so I know that I have an embroidery machine to make most of my cute appliques for my Etsy Shop. However, I know not everyone has a fancy embroidery machine to do all the hard work. Fear not, my friends, you too can add a cute applique to clothing, pillows, or anything else you can think of that needs some extra cuteness without an embroidery machine!

How to applique without an embroidery machine

How to Applique Without an Embroidery Machine:

Materials:

  • Shirt (or item you are adding an applique to)
  • Fabric for applique
  • Heat’n Bond Lite Iron-on Adhesive (says “sewable” on the package)
  • Pattern for Applique (mine is an outline of Africa straight off the internet)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread

Directions:

1.  Gather your materials (Forgive me, I switched shirt colors after I took this picture)

2. Iron the Heat-N-Bond Lite on the wrong side of the fabric. Make sure you are ironing the side with adhesive to the fabric…if not, you’ll have a mess on your iron! The smooth paper side should be the part you are ironing. (A word about Heat-N-Bond Lite: There are different kinds. You want to make sure you get the kind that is sewable. If you don’t, it will be really stiff and will get your needle all “gunked” up. Make sure it is the LITE version.) Read the directions if it’s the first time you’ve used Heat-N-Bond.

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3.  Cut out your pattern (if you haven’t already).  Flip your pattern and trace your pattern BACKWARDS on the paper of the Heat-N-Bond. If you trace your pattern right side up, your pattern will be backwards when it is time to place it on your clothing. Trust me.

4.  Cut out your applique. Flip it over…see, told you it would look right in the end. :)

5.  Peel the paper backing off the fabric. There will be a “sheen” from the adhesive that transferred to the fabric. Find the proper placing for your applique.

6.  Using the proper heat settings (refer to the packaging), iron the applique in place.

**Oops! I missed this picture….imagine an iron :)

7. In order to make it easier to maneuver my shirt, I removed the bottom portion of my sewing machine. Now I can slide my shirt over the arm of the sewing machine.

8.  Topstich around the applique. Go slowly and stop as needed to turn your needle or adjust your shirt. I did a simple straight stitch, but you can get fancy if you’d like depending upon the stitches you have on your machine. Zig-zag is always fun, but might be hard to control the first time using this technique or if your applique is curvy…like my Africa shape.

9.  Voila!

Love For Africa Ribbon Ruffle Shirt

See, it is easy to applique without an embroidery machine!

Any questions? Ask it in the comments!

Frugal Fun Snacks & Learning, too!

Just wanted to let you know I have a guest post up on Pennies and Blessings showing a frugal fun snack for the summer…Grapesicles! In addition to that, we made some Fruit Kabobs and practiced making patterns. Super easy to set up and a fun way to let kids help prepare part of a meal!

And because I love you…I leave you with a link to Amanda at Impress Your Kids and the Fruit Of The Spirit Series…she made Fruit of the Spirit Kabobs! While you’re there, click around a bit and see some of the fabulous ideas to incorporate fun into teaching kids about God’s Word. You’ll thank me later.

Organizing Children’s Books

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I have an insane amount of children’s books. I think most former teachers do. Until recently, they were boxed up because we really didn’t have the room for them. When I was looking for a specific book to use with Jonah, I would have to go digging and end up frustrated. It just wasn’t working for me, especially as I planned out “Mommy’s Official Preschool” and worked to transition us into a more structured learning time. Plus, the kid LOVES books and it was past time to rotate our book basket.

So, thanks to Ikea and their great prices, my books finally came out of hiding! This organization project was no small feat. I knew that it would drive me crazy if they weren’t organized into categories. In my Kindergarten classroom, that was the way they were organized, and my brain still works that way when I try to find a book. So, I purchased several sets of the Ikea Flyt Magazine Holders and put each of the categories in a separate holder.

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So I sorted…

and sorted…

and sorted some more.

My books that had been hiding in the basement thanked me for letting them come out to play.

I found two tall bookcases at a consignment sale for a great deal and it was a match made in heaven!

Sneak Peek

Jonah’s birthday party is coming up. I thought I’d give you a sneak peek of something we’re working on…

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Hmm….I wonder what that could be? Any guesses? The party turns out glorious in my head…

The Summer Park Tour

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We are blessed to live in an area that has tons of great parks. The problem is that we tend to frequent the same park because it is conveniently located near our home. Therefore, we hardly ever take advantage of the other parks available to us….which is a shame, because we REALLY have some awesome parks in Chattanooga! The past two years we’ve tried something that got us out and enjoying the other parks. I thought I’d share it with you in case you were needing something to get you out of the same rut I was in…or maybe you’d  just like to try something fun!

Introducing… The Summer Park Tour!

The Goal: Enjoy as many great parks as you can and rejuvenate your play time!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Make a list of all the parks in your area.
  2. Grab your calendar and choose atleast one day per week that could be “Park & Picnic” Day.
  3. Then, plug in the list of parks on the days marked “Park & Picnic” Days. (If you run out of parks, repeat your favorites!)
  4. Send out the calendar of “Park & Picnic” Days with the locations to your friends in hopes that they might join you at the park (It makes it easier if the kids have someone to play with and I always love having a little mommy talk!)
  5. On “Park & Picnic” Days, pack a picnic lunch, plenty of water and any other supplies you might need for the day (sunscreen, hats, sand toys, etc.)
  6. Head over to the designated park and play to your hearts content! Hopefully, a friend or two will join you, but if not, you’ll still have lots of fun!

The best thing about “The Summer Park Tour” is that it’s completely FREE!

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Jonah & Aunt Rachel in the Coolidge Park fountain

Live in the Chattanooga area? Here’s a list of great parks to enjoy:

  • Coolidge Park (bathing suits to play in the fountains)
  • The “Pumpkin Patch” Park on Signal Mountain (well shaded!)
  • Red Bank Park (take sand toys)
  • Soddy Daisy “Scramble Alley” wooden park
  • Vandergriff Park in Hixson
  • Riverpark/Riverwalk
  • Chester Frost Park (bathing suits for the lake)
  • Warner Park
  • “Helicopter Park” in Soddy Daisy (walking track)
  • “Cherokee Passage” by the Aquarium (bathing suits!)
  • Imagination Station Playground (Collegedale/Ooltewah area)
  • Riverview Park ( on/near Benton Ave.)
  • and many more!!!! (Let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to the list)

So tell me, would “The Summer Park Tour” work for you in your area?

Photo Credit: Insipidlife

Painted Flower Pots

I’ve got a new post up at Pennies and Blessings sharing how we brightened up our porch and someone’s day with painted flower pots. Be sure to take a look at how we did this on a tight budget!

My adorable little artist…

Mommy & Me: Portable Puppet Theater

Portable Puppet Theater1Jonah and I have had some puppet fun this week! I got tired of our fancy puppet theater that kept coming apart and made up a portable, easily stored Puppet Theater with a science project display board. Now Jonah can play puppets whenever he feels like it, without Mommy having to get everything set up. He’s loving the independence he’s gained…and so is Mommy! He’s been retelling a few of his favorite stories which encourages all kinds of literacy skills.

Want to see the tutorial?

You’ll have to visit Totally Tots to get the full details.

Portable Puppet Theater2Here are a few favorites we found on Amazon to go with our Portable Puppet Theater. Save up your Swagbucks and get a set! (Remember how I got $40 worth of books for FREE? I’ve got another $20 waiting on me to decide what to get from Amazon for FREE!)

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Also, if you live near an Ikea or will visit one in the future, I found some great finger puppets there!  It’s worth it to look next time you go!

Happy Mommy & Me time! Go enjoy your kids!