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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Felt Applique Picture

I posted this on Saturday on Home Savvy A to Z but I am posting it again in case my readers missed it! I will show you how to make a felt applique picture.

For Christmas we did a gift exchange draw and I got my sister Camille. I decided to make her a appliqued picture with embroidery over it. I am not sure when I came up with the idea, but I like the way it turned out- I hope she likes it too!

Here is the tutorial on making a felt applique picture.
First find your inspiration picture (or sketch one up if you are that talented!).

You want to look for something that doesn't have too much detail or else it may get a little tricky. This picture did have a lot of detail, but I chose just to do the main shapes out of felt and add details with the embroidery floss.

I found this vintage clip art on The Graphics Fairy. I liked the layout of it but I didn't want to put the boy in it, so I just didn't cut him out.

Using a copier resize the image to how big you want your picture to be and make several copies.
Cut out each element of the picture that you want to make a different color.
I used a couple different shades of green for the grass.

Use the paper as a template for cutting out different colors of felt. I got all of my felt from the Etsy seller Giant Dwarf- it is a really nice fancy felt and there were so many colors to choose from. Regular acrylic felt may work for this, but I would be afraid it would fray too easily.

Then I traced the outline of where I wanted to put it on my embroidery fabric.

 I used 28 Ct Sky Blue Lugana. You can use regular cotton fabric to stitch this onto as well, I just liked the color of Lugana I had. I sell cross stitch/embroidery fabrics like this in my Etsy store and they are great for projects like this!

Then I used temporary spray adhesive to hold the pieces of felt together until I could embroider around them. You have to think a little bit here and layer them correctly but it isn't too difficult.

After that I used embroidery floss to stitch around the edges and add details to the picture.

I mostly used backstitches but if you are really good at embroidery and depending on the picture you are making I think specialty stitches would look pretty cool.

The only thing I wish I would have done differently was the white pieces. I couldn't get right on the edge of the felt without it fraying down and I don't like the brown outline inside of it- oh well, lesson learned!

The finished embroidery- I think my favorite part is the details of the leaves on the ground and the grass.

Now to Frame the Project:
This is the method I use for framing cross stitch and embroidery projects. I am not sure if this is the best way or the correct way but it has worked for me.

I get a 1/4" piece of foamcore in the size a little larger than the inside section of the matboard.

Center the front of the project on the foamboard and wrap the edges around tight.

Using T-pins pin the fabric into place on all four sides.

Then take thread and sew the raw edges together on the back to hold them firmly in place- I forgot to take a picture of this step.

Place foamboard centered on matboard opening, tape into place. I use masking tape and go across it both ways multiple times.

Place matboard in frame, cover back with posterboard or paper.

Here is the finished framed project- I hate taking pictures with the glass in the frame!
I like the way it turned out- hope my sister likes it!

 I will be linking up with some of these parties!
Linking up with BRAG MONDAY at The Graphics Fairy
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

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Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Wow!! what a lovely job you did on that piece; and the tutorial

Kellie said...

Worth seeing again... I just love this!

Carrie said...

Absolutely beautiful!! I'm pinning it so I can give it a try. Thank you for sharing the tutorial. I would love it if you would check out our sharing party on Saturday called Sharing Saturdays and hopefully share something.

WhyCuzICan said...

Really stunning!! You know, since you used a GraphicFairy image to be inspired, I'm sure you can link up to her BRAG MONDAY party over at graphicsfairy! Why not show it this coming monday?! (I see on your linky page that you don't have her party listed- if your images use or are inspired by GF and they are linked there, they qualify).

This would be soooo cool to see at Brag Monday!
(I'm there weekly)
Suzanne at WhyCuzICan
Visiting from Crafty, Scrappy, Happy party

Becca said...

WOW! This is stunning!

I'd love it if you'd stop by my blog and link up this project. I host a Home and Family Friday linky party each Friday. I hope you'll come link up to the party!



Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Very impressive!!

Melissa @ LoveBugLiving said...

You are so talented! Love it!

Ann @ Suburban Prairie Homemaker said...

That little one makes me think of the Campbell Soup kids. Such a delightful little picture. Great job!

Carrie said...

Thank you for sharing it at Sharing Saturday! I really love it!

Jenny said...

That is absolutely stunning. Such beautiful detailed work!

Stopped in from Sharing Saturday.

April's Homemaking said...

I love this! Your picture turned out beautifully, thanks for the tutorial, I have been wanting to try felt applique pictures for quite some time. I love the design you chose as well, very nice & vintage looking. Great job!!

Melissa @ twolittleredbobbins said...

That is so lovely! What a beautiful keepsake :)

Anonymous said...

Sew cute!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

WOW - this is a labor of love and it looks fantastic!

MiaB said...

I'm really into felt right now and this project is AWESOME!!! WOW!!! What a great gift :) I'm your newest follower.. thanks so much for sharing this with our readers at Sharing Saturday.


WhyCuzICan said...

Glad to see you made it to Brag Monday!!!

This is sooo cool!

Thanks (again) for sharing :D
Via: Brag Monday at GraphicsFairy,
Suzanne in NW Illinois at WHYCUZICAN

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

How adorable!!! What a fun project this is! Thanks for linking this up to Brag Monday!

Sue Frazier said...

This is so beautiful! New follower! We just moved out to the country too!

Ruby Jean said...

Oh this is Beyond ADORABLE!!! I LOVE it... You did an Amazing job!! would love for you to share here http://shoprubyjean.com/2012/01/sew-crafty-tuesday-6-and-giveaway/

Anonymous said...

How adorable! This is fantastic! I love the piece before the details were added as well. And then the details just make it pop!

Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy said...

ohhhh how cool! this is something I have never seen before.....my mind is buzzing! thank you for the inspiration!!! I love how yours turned out!!!!
jaime from crafty scrappy happy

Karima said...

I loooove this - you did a brilliant job! Karima

Jaime said...

Great job!! Featured you this week!

Laura said...

oh my this is so beautiful, thanks for the tutorial, I will def try and have a go sometime :-)

WhyCuzICan said...

Hi AGAIN, just noticed that Karen at GraphicsFairy put you PERMANENTLY on her craft blog! You ROCKED her socks off, I'm guessin' :)
(it's at http://www.graphicsfairy-crafts.com)

Kathryn said...

I would never have thought to do this but I love how it looks. Thanks for sharing this with us:)

krishna said...

Wow!!!! incredible..

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