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« on: August 12, 2004 09:27:50 AM »

Okay, so I want to try my hand at Jordy bags, and and idea for an upcoming dog show raffle is to attempt a silohette of certain dog breeds as an applique on the outside of the bag in the same pattern as the bag's lining (bag's outside is solid color).  My question is, how do I do an applique without the edges becoming unraveled?  I'm pretty new to sewing in general, so do the typical cotton prints tend to unravel?  Or do I have to stick to felt for appliques? 


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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2004 10:49:48 PM »

Oh man I have the same question! What I've been doing so far is cutting the shape, backing it up with a type of foam so it looks puffy, and then another fabric at the back, and then I zig-zag stitch around the shape of the applique. BUt the edges are still unraveling, even though I try to glue it down a bit.

OKay here's what I'm trying to say:

See the stitch on the edges? 

This is the whole design. It's not that complex, but those curves at the legs kinda faze me out as how else can I do appliques Sad


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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2004 07:40:53 AM »

You can do one of two things:

1. satin stitch around the outline

2. do the needle turn applique where you make a template; trace onto fabric, leaving a seam allowance; sew on to bag with an edge stitch (leaving template inside)
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2004 03:29:29 AM »

wow i know i learnt how in textiles but like most stuff that lady taught me, it has soon been forgotten Sad

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« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2004 03:43:58 AM »

I've used iron on fusible webbing before and it stops any unraveling.

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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2004 12:19:03 AM »

Milly- LOL  haha  that's a camera I had lying around. Hehe that's kinda funny, actually

ilovepaper - hmm where can I find this fusible webbing? And what does it look like?

« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2004 12:39:57 AM »

I use knit or ripstop nylon or something else that can't unravel...and I draw it on the applique (but don't cut it out yet, then sew it on and then carefully trim off the excess....
has anyone tried reverse applique?  where you sew it on in back and then cut a hole for it to show through?

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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2004 01:53:35 AM »

You can always baste your edges under as seen here:
But with a curvy design like your awesome octopus, that gets old pretty quick.  A far quicker solution is Wonder Under (yeah, and isn't the name fantastic?!)... it's a fusible bond much like fusible interfacing that has ironable glue on both sides.  It can be purchased at pretty much any fabric store.  For more details check out this link:

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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2004 03:34:54 AM »

Here's what I was talking about:


The post above mentions a similar product (thanks halfjapanezgrl).

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