Thursday, February 28

How to Applique

You guys asked for it, so here it is! Let me just warn you - it's like picture OVERLOAD here! I tried to take a picture of every little step and there are a LOT of little steps you have to do, but totally worth it!

First things, first... You MUST have an embroidery sewing machine to be able to do this. I have the Brother SE-400 that I got a few years ago and I love it! It's a great machine, especially for the price!

You also need to know how to do some basic embroidery (like lettering), how to work your machine, and how to use a embroidery/applique file downloaded from the internet and transfer it to your machine. If you don't know how to do these things, read your manual and try them.

Ok, here we go... you need to get your supplies together and don't sit there and think, "Oh, I don't have that, but I probably don't need it." Yes, you do need it. Just get all of the junk that goes with doing all of it so you can do it correctly!

Here is my setup when I applique...

Supplies needed:
1. embroidery machine
2. embroidery file downloaded and put on your machine
3. regular iron
4. small travel size iron (got mine at Joann's)
5. pellon wonder under paper-backed interfacing
6. pellon wonder under easy-knit fusible interfacing
7. spray glue that works on fabric
8. small scissors ( I use the one's that came with my machine)
9. a empty box to spray the glue in and not get a mess everywhere
10. regular stabilizer sheets

How to Applique:

1. Get your fabric pieces ready. The applique I will be using need two different fabrics and thread colors. I always cut a small piece of fabric and iron the paper-backed wonder under on the back side of the fabric I am using...

2. Measure and mark the center of your tshirt or onesie (I like to just put a pin in the center, instead of using the markers)

3. Turn the tshirt or onesie inside out. Spray one side of the regular tear-away stabilizer with the spray glue in your empty box and press it on the backside of there your applique will go on your shirt.

4. Turn your shirt back right-side out and hoop it. You will also use your grid to make sure it is center. See, my little pin I used to mark the center is lined up. If your's doesn't line up, just re-hoop and try again.

5. Now, you're ready to start! Put your shirt that is hooped on your machine and get the applique positioned where you want it. It will do an outline stitch and then stop so you can see where to put your fabric first.

6. Take the hoop off of the machine and trim the thread. DO NOT UN-HOOP!

7. Now, you can see the outline of where you want your first piece of fabric to go. Peel the paper-backing off of the wonder under and spray the back of it with the spray glue. DO NOT IRON IT YET! The spray glue will hold it in place right now.

8. Now place it back on the machine and let it outline it again. 

9. When it is done outlining it again, take it off of the machine and cut as close as you can to the thread to take off the excess fabric. Now you can use your little iron after it is cut out to iron the fabric and activate the wonder under to hold it on better. This is the secret to really good appliques. I usually iron it on there for about 10-12 seconds.

10. Now, I noticed on the applique description that came with the file, that instead of doing the full stitch around the bunny now, they do the outline for the bow. So, I need to change my thread color out now and let it outline the bow.

11. Now that you have the outline of the bow, you will take your piece of fabric that you have ready for the bow and peel the paper-backing off of it. Remember, DO NOT IRON it yet (it's habit)! Instead, spray the back of it with the spray glue and press it on where the bow will go.

12. Now, put it back on the machine and let it outline the bow again.

13. Trim around the bow and now you get to iron it! 

14. Now, before I put it back on the machine to let it stitch, I notice it is going to stitch around the bunny first. So, I need to change back to the brown thread and then let it start stitching.

15. Once it is done stitching the bunny, then you will need to trim any thread (if needed) and change the thread color to the color you're using for the bow.

You're done! Isn't it adorable?! Before putting it on, I always add the easy-knit fusible interfacing. I iron it, too, for about 10-12 seconds. Basically, it's a piece that you iron on the back of the applique so the thread isn't so scratchy next to the skin.

Of course, when you're done you can add a name or monogram! ;)

Also, before you ask, I really like the applique's from Applique Planet and from Applique Momma. They also have freebies! I know Applique Momma is having a flash sale right now and most of the designs are only 80 cents! Holla!

I have also experimented with all the different Wonder-Under's and it can be overwhelming when you're at the fabric store to know which one is the correct one to buy. Here is a photo of the one's I get so you can write down the numbers or whatever to match them up...

Whew, that was a lot ... Let me know if you have any questions!

Wednesday, February 13

Dylan's Favorite Snack

No kidding, these are his favorite snack and have been for quite some time now. He asks for them constantly and will ask other people for a "nana-cicle" at their home, too. They are really easy to make, they taste better than some flavored popsicles, and healthy, too! I don't feel bad at all handing him one of these when he asks for a popsicle at all!

 I always buy two bunches of bananas at the store. I use one to cut up and freeze for his popsicles and the other to just leave out and eat like normal.

All you need to make these are:
lollipop sticks (I grabbed a big bag of them at hobby lobby on the baking isle)
a container
a knife

Now just cut each banana in half and slide a lollipop stick in one end...

Put them all in a container and place it in the freezer. That's it! It's amazing how sweet they are and they last for weeks, too! :)

Tuesday, February 12

Dylan's Valentine Treats

Today, Dylan took his Valentine treats to his gym class! It's no secret that I love giving gifts for every occasion and these are one of my favorites! I always try my best to think of something practical to give that parents don't just toss in the trash and something that I know I love myself.

I decided to give the "Dwink" juice box holder with a juice pouch inside. I love this little holder because you can slip any juice box in it and the kids don't squeeze the drink all over and make a mess! It's one of my favorite little gadgets we have around here! You can buy them from Babies R Us, Amazon, or from the distributor, Price Products, LLC.

I attached a little gift tag that read, "This DWINK is on me! Love, Dylan Rhoads" No, I didn't get the idea from Pinterest... I still have some creativity in me! ;) But, feel free to give these yourself! :)