You may have seen this lovely type of appliqué on vintage garments. It’s simply a pretty piece of floral fabric cut out in the shape of a flower and sewn to a garment. While there are a couple of ways you could attach the flower, this method tucks the seam allowances inside for a clean edge. Alternatively, you could use your sewing machine to sew the flower on, which would leave the edges raw.
This example uses the Meringue skirt pattern from Colette Sewing Handbook made from stretch cotton twill and a lovely cotton vintage floral we had in our fabric stash.
- floral fabric
- washable pencil or pen
- hand sewing needle
1. After choosing which flowers you’d like to use, draw around them with about a 1/8″ – 1/4″ seam allowance.
2. Cut out the flowers. You may need to make little snips along the curves in order to neatly fold back the seam allowance.
3. Carefully press the seam allowance back. I found the best way to do this was to press the fabric with high heat and gently fold back small sections at a time and press them with your fingers. Then press it again with the iron to reheat the fabric. If you do this, make sure you don’t burn your fingers! One of those tiny appliqué irons would be perfect in place of a regular iron.
4. Play around with flower placement and then pin the flowers to your garment.
5. Hand sew the flowers to the garment. Make sure the seam allowance stays tucked under. You can use the tip of your needle to fold it under as you go, if it tends to poke out at all. Half an hour of hand sewing and you’re done!
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