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« on: March 04, 2011 02:00:40 PM »

This is something I made recently for a swap partner.  She likes octopi, I like to make these nice zippered pouches--it was a match made in heaven!  It was, however, the first time I had appliqued something on the pouch, and although I think the wool felt octopus came out GREAT, I had a hard time transferring the design I drew onto the felt.  Felt is too thick to place over the design and trace it, so I cut out a paper template and traced around it with a ballpoint pen (worked much better than the pencil I tried first).  It worked, but was very tedious.  Does anyone have an easy way to transfer a design onto felt?  I would love to hear how you do it!




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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2011 02:09:03 PM »

I LOVE this, the octopus is so cute!
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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2011 02:19:43 PM »

This is so adorable! i love it
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« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2011 02:23:03 PM »

So cute Grin I love the eyes
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« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2011 02:30:01 PM »

That came out really awesome. You have great sewing and applique skills!
Very cute - and lucky swap recipient Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2011 02:38:38 PM »

That is super cute! Everything about it is awesome.
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2011 05:14:00 PM »

That is super cute!  As far as an easier way to transfer, I use wonderunder.  If you iron it onto the felt, you can draw right onto the wonderunder, and cut it out.  It makes appliques loads easier.  It doesn't work for everything, but I use it right much.  

The other advantage then is that you can iron it onto your project so it stays in place when you stitch around it  Wink
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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2011 05:26:47 PM »

That's a great idea, thank you!
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« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2011 05:41:42 PM »

Love, love, love this! I adore your octopus. Very cute. You did an amazing job!
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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2011 01:40:17 PM »

I second the use of wonder-under! I do a lot of appliques and heat-bonding them first makes them SO much easier to stitch around, and you can draw your design on the back first, and it's super easy to cut out, and no pen lines on your applique.  Smiley

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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2011 08:40:46 PM »

SQUEE lol, that Octopus is freaking adorable! Lucky swap partner for sure Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2011 02:02:01 PM »

Your pouch is great and the octopus is super cute! Smiley
Just throwing out another option here; freezer paper.  I use freezer paper a lot for tracing patterns.  Draw your design on the paper side and cut out (I usually leave a little paper around my drawn lines) then you can iron the waxy side of the freezer paper to your felt and cut out the design on the drawn line.  I use a little bit of glue baste-it to hold my felt while hand or machine stitching it in place.
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« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2011 03:14:25 PM »

Thanks, I'm going to try that!
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« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2011 05:09:02 PM »

ahhhhhhhh adorable!
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« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2011 05:35:12 PM »

I trace my design onto fusible stuff, like heatbond and then secure and cut the felt from there.. then I do a quick topstitch around the design.. stays put and is pretty easy to work with Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2011 11:14:23 AM »

the octopi is so gorgeous with his cute eyes!
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« Reply #16 on: March 15, 2011 06:12:41 AM »

This is such a cute idea! Can you give me any advice or link me to a tut on how to construct a pouch like that? I've always had trouble with zippers Roll Eyes

For appliques, I use Freezer Paper. It's a white paper that's available in the US, that is papery on one side and has a thin plastic coating on the other. If you put the plastic side against your fabric and iron it, it sticks nicely and peels off without leaving any residue. I use it to make templates for appliques and stencils for screen printing Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: March 15, 2011 08:01:03 AM »

Hi, thanks for the idea of using freezer paper for felt appliques, I will try it! To find a tutorial for a pouch, go to the "purses, bags, and wallets" board, at the top of the page there is a link to tutorials.

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« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2011 07:03:20 AM »

Cute!  Love his little face!  I've only done a felt applique once and I used your method but traced with chalk.  Wouldn't work too well for a detailed applique though.  Freezer paper is a good idea.  And I didn't know you could use wonder under on felt so that's good to know!
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