A Bit of Applique: Easy Projects with Modern Flair


A Bit of Applique: Easy Projects with Modern Flair

A Bit of AppliqueA Bit of Appliqué
Gifted By: Martingale
Reviewed By Karin Jordan, Editor, FaveQuilts.com


Appliqué is a fun and versatile craft to have in your sewing arsenal. The collection of 17 beginner-friendly projects in A Bit of Appliqué by Amy Struckmeyer provides a thoughtful window into the variety of possibilities that can be achieved with this simple method of embellishment. Learn how to do hand and machine appliqué and either use the templates in the book or find out how to create your own. Amy illustrates how inspiration can be found anywhere—from a child’s drawing turned into a fanciful skirt to a favorite fruit pie cheering up a plain tea towel.

Through making wearable, decorative or useful (think Zakka) objects you’ll learn all the essential appliqué techniques—wool, raw edge, reverse, fusible, freezer paper and bias tape. She even teaches you how to combine appliqué with quilting. Illustrated sewing patterns are included to make projects such as a pencil case, a messenger bag, a tote and a girls’ garden skirt. Did I mention the adorable stuffed penguin?

Other template designs can be used to transform pre-made clothing items into something more unique and personal. Have a plain t-shirt you don’t wear because it’s boring? Add some quick reverse appliqué to the knit fabric to transform it into a one-of-a-kind garment. All the necessary tools to make the easy projects are outlined at the beginning of the book. In addition, helpful tips are interspersed throughout the pages to help you with a pesky zipper, cleanly secure the stitches and help advance your sewing skills to the next level.

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