Embroidery Tutorial ~ Preparation for Applique

Design and Layout

I recommend doing some sketches of your design before progressing. This will aid you greatly by helping you know what your applique shapes need to be and where they go.  Once you iron your applique pieces down, you can only rarely remove them without damaging them and the ground fabric.  The design doesn’t have to be complete or exact.  I like to leave lots of room for fun.  You can also use colored pencils for your designs although I do not.  I like the colors to guide me as a I work.


(this sketch is not the same used for the actual embroidery, sorry)

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Pouch Tutorial

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Collect all the materials you will need to complete your bag.  Shown here is the pouch fabric, drawstring cord, embroidery threads, beads for the drawstring tassels (separate tutorial, coming soon), applique pieces.  Not shown here is the lining and additional applique pieces.


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