I really enjoy applique and embroidery, although they are both time-consuming I find them very relaxing. Here are a few projects I have done over the last couple of years.
Pirate Tote Bag
I had this plain bag in with my sewing things for over a year, unable to decided what to do with it. While brainstorming ideas for Rosie’s quilt I designed a couple of cute Pirate based ones and decided to do one on this. To start an applique I first design the image, to do this I tend to Google and Getty image search the idea. Then amalgamate the images I like the most into a design, I do this by hand as I’m not overly fond of spending hours on Photoshop and find it a lot easier to simplify the image myself. Another reason I do it by hand is because I know a lot quicker than computer how practical the sections of an image are going to be for applique. Below are my sketches, template and the two images I used as inspiration.
I love this quilt made from just using up fabrics in my remnants bag, unfortunately I can’t find any of the sketches I made to design it (will post them if they turn up). I have included below the images which I simplified for the animals.
I always find it really hard to find cute covers for my daughter’s V-shaped pillow, so instead of making one from scratch I thought I’d decorate a pre-made one. The boats are felt and directly copied out of Cath Kidston’s Make book, which is full of great projects. The Flowers were bought in a pack from Hobby Craft and the rest is all free hand embroidery or cut out felt shapes.