So I'm here to share some of my tricks for using homemade appliques to make coordinating outfits out of mismatched hand-me-downs for next to nothing. Appliques are great because they can be added to virtually any piece of clothing and can help cover up stains or holes and make clothes look
Clothes to decorate, Heat'n Bond Lite (or there are "no sew" versions you can use), scraps for applique, Fray Check is optional depending on the fabric you choose to use and the look you want, basic sewing gear (needles, thread, sewing machine helpful, but not essential.
Types of Material to Use:
Almost any type of fabric can be used for appliques. I used woven cotton fabric for years with great success using a satin stitch edging. Recently, I tried using knits from old T-shirts and have fallen in love with them because they are so much less prone to fraying there are more possibilities for them. If you've never done applique's before, I suggest starting with knits.
Let's Get Down to Business:
1. Take a look at what you have. I like to collect all the "mismatched" clothes in one place, so I can pair them up. Be flexible and think a little outside the box about what pieces could go together. For this project, I started with these. Since the shirt is white, they can "match" on their own, but Firecracker isn't thrilled about the plain white shirt.
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