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Habico haberdashery products wholesale in the UKThis project is sponsored by Habico haberdashery wholesalers.   It is written by Laura Strutt, the author of The Sewing Manual, Haynes, £21.99 www.haynes.co.uk and who blogs at www.madepeachy.com


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How to sew an applique baby bib

Add unique and fun motif to a shop-bought baby bib with a quick appliqué design. Combining a few basic supplies and using simple sewing skills you’ll be able to customize and transform plain baby items into adorable gifts.

How to sew applique

What you need

Collection of print cottons scraps
Double-sided fusible interfacing
Embroidery hoop
Sewing needle
Embroidery threads in coordinating colours
Sharp scissors
Shop-bought plain baby bib

Prym scissors and sewing needles, Anchor embroidery threads supplied by www.habico.co.uk available at most haberdashers or contact them for stockists.

Templates: One triangle for the bunting, Two rounded shapes for the bow tie.

How to applique a baby's bib

Trim the materials for the bunting design

Use the template to neatly cut out small triangles from five different scraps of printed cottons. Trim the double-sided fusible interfacing into five small squares large enough to back each triangle.

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Secure the interfacing

Peel away one of the paper backing sheets from a square of double-sided fusible interfacing and position a small fabric triangle into the centre and finger press firmly to secure the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric. Repeat to add a square of double-sided fusible interfacing to the wrong side of each fabric triangle.

How to sew fusible applique

Trim the fusible interfacing

Once each triangle has been secured to the double-sided fusible interfacing, carefully snip away the excess around each of the three sides of the triangle; be careful to leave the second sheet of backing paper attached to the fusible interfacing. Repeat until all backed triangles are neatly trimmed.

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Create the design

Position the small fabrics triangle across the front of the plain baby bib, curving slightly to create the shaping of the pennants of a string of bunting. Move the fabrics around until you are happy with the position and placement of each triangle.

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Remove the backing paper

Working with one fabric triangle at a time, carefully peel off the remaining piece of backing paper from the back of the interfacing and finger press into the desired location on the front of the baby bib. Repeat until each fabric triangle is in place.

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Secure the interfacing

Following the manufacturers instructions, press and hold the iron over each fabric triangle in turn to firmly to allow the adhesive of the fusible interfacing to secure the two pieces of material together. Work across the design pressing each shape in turn until each one is affixed.

Embroidering applique

Stitch each triangle

Secure the bib in the embroidery hoop. Using a short length of embroidery thread, secure on the back of the bib with a small and neat knot. Working running stitch, sew down one side of the triangle to the tip and back up the other side before fastening off neatly on the back of the work. Alternate the colours of the thread as you stitch each pennant.

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Complete the bunting design

With the bib held securely in the embroidery hoop, fasten a length of embroidery thread at the back at one end of the design. Work across the length of the design using chain stitch. Carefully position the stitches so that each sits neatly over the upper section of the fabric triangle. Fasten neatly on the back and press the bib to complete the design.

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Cut the materials for the bow tie design

Use the templates to neatly cut out one of the smaller rounded shapes and two of the larger rounded shapes. Trim the double-sided fusible interfacing into three pieces large enough to back each section of fabric.

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Secure and trim the interfacing

Peel away one of the paper backing sheets from a piece of double-sided fusible interfacing and secure to the wrong side of print cotton shape. Repeat to add a square of double-sided fusible interfacing to the wrong side of each fabric shape.  Trim the excess of fusible interfacing around the shapes; ensuring the second piece of backing paper is in place.  

Stitch an applique baby bib

Position the design

Arrange the fabric shapes onto the front of the plain baby bib, the smaller fabric shape will be positioned over the top of the center point of the larger two pieces. Move the elements until you are happy with the design.

Applique technique guide

Secure the pieces

Carefully remove the backing sheet from the double-sided fusible interfacing and finger press into position.

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Affix the fusible interfacing

Following the manufacturers instructions, press the pieces to bond the interfaced pieces and fabric of the bib securely together.

Embroidering applique onto a bib

Stitch the design

Secure the motif into the embroidery hoop and work with around the design with neat running stitch. Secure the threads neatly on the back of the work and press carefully to finish.

Applique baby bib tutorial

For more from Laura do visit her new blog www.madepeachy.com 
or check out her new project on The Sewing Directory: A Simple Sundress

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