Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Using Web Images to Make Applique Patterns
Unless I have a particular image I'm working off of (like a pattern from clothes that I'm trying to match), I usually start with a quick internet image search. One of the tricky parts of finding the right image is an image simple enough. If there are to many details, it can be hard to translate that onto fabric...especially when you keep in mind that you'll be sewing around the whole thing. Including "clip-art, silhouette, and/or coloring page" in the search terms can be helpful because these types of images are more likely to be usable than photographs. For example, when I was making a sea turtle design (that will be coming soon for all of you), I used the search terms, "turtle silhouette" in a google image search and came up with some great starting points.
Once you find the image the hard part is done. I used to resize the image using photoediting software or Word, print it out, and trace it. There are a couple problems with this though...it's a pain...half the time when I print it out, it still turns out not to be the right size...and it's a pain.
Finally I got smart and started resizing the images in my web browser and tracing it right of the screen. You have to be careful not to press too hard and damage your screen, but this saves so many steps and resizing is a breeze. For those of you who don't know how to do this...I'll show you.
When I was making the quadruple heart applique, I found a layered heart I liked, but the layers were too close together for what I wanted. I needed to do some resizing, and I was able to do it right in my web browser.