Reindeer candy canes

reindeer-candycane

You’d think I’d have noticed by my age that Christmas always falls on the 25th. But once again, it’s taken me by surprise, so I was looking around for something quick and easy to make to satisfy that festive urge. Last year I made candy cane mice which were very popular. But this year I fancied something a bit different, so I came up with these reindeer candy canes, which are equally easy.

You can hand or machine sew them, and they just use a few scraps of felt. Here’s how to make them.

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7 tips for appliqueing with multiple fabrics

Here's a list of tips for applque designs with different layers - including dealing with colour run, bulky layers and see-through.

All but the simplest of applique designs use multiple pieces to build up the design. The most common design is to apply fabric shapes in layers, so pieces overlap those below.

In this post I’ll talk about some of the things to think about when appliqueing with multiple fabrics, and in particular when trying to layer them.

But first, I’ll just explain what I mean by layering fabrics, and how that differs from building a design in separate pieces.

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Tutorial: make a quick and easy sunglasses pouch

Make this quick and easy sunglasses pouch; there's no turning, no fancy closures, just some pretty fabric and a bit of bias binding.

Here's a really quick and easy project for the summer – a sunglasses pouch. Even quicker that the previous sunglasses case I made, there's no turning, no fancy closures, just some pretty fabric and a bit of bias binding.

This is a good project to practise applying bias binding; the pouch is an unusual shape with both concave and convex curves and a corner.

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Tutorial: Appliquéd Mini Tote Bag

This mini tote bag is the perfect project to showcase your favourite appliqué design.

I’ve talked a lot about appliquéing recently, so here’s a quick and easy project to showcase your favourite designs. This is a great mini tote bag for whatever your kids are into – I made one for A and each of The Cousins and popped a few goodies inside to keep them occupied on the plane for our holiday in a few weeks (I know my sister reads this blog, so for the record, I’m not taking credit for this idea – goodies on the plane is completely her idea, and has become something of a family tradition now!).

So here’s how to make a mini tote bag with an appliqué pocket – use any appliqué design of your choice (or use one of mine).

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Free appliqué template: football (soccer ball)

Free appliqué template: click through to download a free football (soccer ball) appliqué template

Here’s another free appliqué template – this time a football (soccer ball for all you misguided folk who believe that a football can possibly be anything but round!), coming on the heels of the Euro 2016 Championship.

You can use this template with my tutorial on how to appliqué with fusible web.

Download the Template

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Comparison of raw and turned-edge appliqué

A comparison of raw and turned edge applique methods for machine applique: which one is best for you?

Pressing on with my appliqué series, today I want to look at different ways of finishing the edges.

So far I’ve talked mostly about the fusible web method of appliqué but there are times when you might want or need something different.

Since I’m not an expert on some of these (mostly I stick to the fusible web method) I’m going to link to some tutorials on how to do them, and concentrate instead on comparing them. Specifically:

  • How easy they are to do?
  • How long do they take?
  • Which aspects are tricky?
  • Generally, when would they work well?

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