See the tree in that quilt block?
It’s puffy and fat – like traditional trapunto applique.
You can read more about traditional trapunto here. It’s. . . a lot of work. Seriously. A lot.
So I didn’t use the (crazy labor-intensive) traditional trapunto technique. I used a fun and easy fake trapunto applique technique I developed to give the monsters in this quilt googly eyes, like this. . .
So much fun!
(It’s the button pupils dimpling the eyes in that really make them extra cute.)
Here’s the video tutorial showing how to do it.
You can use this technique for clouds and trees, like I show in the video, but also for any relatively simple shape. Just choose something big enough to be able to turn it right side out after sewing, with an outline that’s primarily gentle curves or wide points.
You can also use this technique without the puffy stuffing. It’s not really trapunto applique anymore, but it’s a great way to get easy turned edges for applique into shaggy or fluffy fabric – like cuddle fleece.
You can see that on the bunny face on this lovie.
I used the same technique on this bear lovie face – again without the stuffing.
By the way – the houses shown in the video and in the very top photo are all made with the Shiny Happy Houses quilt pattern.
Here are links to all the posts showing how to applique with fusible adhesive – my favorite method. It’s fast and easy and (with the right materials) it holds up beautifully to rough use and repeated washing.
- How to Applique with Fusible Adhesive – a very basic intro
- How Durable is Applique with Fusible Adhesive?
- Fusible Applique the Easy Way – the way I currently work – use with any of my patterns that include SVG files
- How to Use a Light Box to Layer Your Applique – perfect placement every time
- How to Applique with Fusible Adhesive – photo tutorial – use with any of my patterns that do not include SVG files
- How to Applique with Fusible Adhesive – video tutorial – use with any of my patterns that do not include SVG files
Here are links to special posts about eyes.
- Easy Eye Options for Applique
- Using Fabric Markers and Paints for Small Eyes
- Free Embroidery Machine Files for Machine-Stitched Eyes
- How to Machine Stitch Eyes without an Embroidery Machine
- How to Minimize Show-Through on White Eyes
- How to Applique Dark Eyes on Dark Faces
- How to Add Catchlights to Eyes
Here are links to some extra fun things you can do with your applique.
- How to Add a Baby Animal to Any Block
- How to Add Playful 3D Bits to Your Applique
- How to Add Soft 3D Pieces to your Quilt Block
- How to Add a Door (that Opens!) to Your Quilt Block
- How to Give Your Monster an Underbite
- Fake Trapunto (Stuffed) Applique
- Broderie Perse Applique
Other Applique Methods
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Move on to the lessons about outline stitching.
Have fun with it!
Thanks for your tutorials. I love them.