1. First choose a graphic you want to applique. Since I’m still new to applique I chose an image that was simple and had only one color of fabric. I googled “dinosaur applique” for ideas. I found an image that I liked but I didn’t want to have so much detail so I did my own freehand sketch based on my Google search and got this dino. It turned out so cute! After laying it on my fabric I decided I wanted it a little bigger so I did a second sketch.
2. Next, cut out your sketch and trace it onto a piece of Heat n’ Bond Lite. This is available at the fabric stores. ***I forgot to flip my stencil. Make sure you flip yours or the dino will actually be facing the other way.***
3. Cut out the Heat n’ Bond leaving about ¼” of space all around.
4. Place your piece of Heat n’ Bond on your fabric of choice (I used flannel) and iron it on. Thirty seconds on high should do it. **Note I re-did my dino with the stencil reversed.**
5. Using fabric scissors cut out your dinosaur!
6. When the applique has cooled, peel off the paper and choose the placement on your fabric. I knew I was going to add satin ribbon binding so I was sure to place my dino away from the edges. I also added ribbon to make mine sensory for babies. Tip: do this on the ironing board so you don’t have to pick it up and move it. When everything is perfect, iron it again for thirty seconds on high.
7. Now it’s time to sew it on. (If you’re not too handy at sewing you can buy no-sew heat n’ bond and be done with it at this point.) Choose a stitch width and length that you like. For this dino I choose a stitch width of 3 and length of 0.5. Starting at a relatively straight section of the applique begin stitching so that the outside of your zig zag stitch is just at the border of your applique. You want most of the stitch to be overlapping on your applique not your fabric. When you get to a corner, stop with the needle in the down poisition, raise your sewing foot and pivot your fabric. I like to stop when the needle is on the outside half of the zig zag and I can stitch in a reverse for a few stitches if I need.
8. That’s it! You’re all done! Now finish your blanket!