Applique is a craft that involves placing one layer of fabric over another and sewing it into place. The result is a layered image of fabric on a fabric background. Applique patterns can then be sewn into quilts, onto hats or clothing, or used on their own for decoration. Animals are particularly good for applique because they allow for simple shapes in a variety of colours.
Use brown fabric to make a bear pattern. Fuzzy fabric works well. Trace a bear on all fours with legs, a body and a head. Leave it completely brown to make it look like a silhouette. Sewing the pattern onto the front of shirt makes a great piece of clothing for a child.
Animal Silhouette Pillow
Find animal templates on the Internet and print them. Cut the animal shapes out and iron them to different colours of fabric until they stick. Cut the animal shapes from the felt. Place the shapes on a large piece of canvas in a pattern that you like, and use fabric glue to stick them in place. You now have a large piece of animal applique fabric that you can use to make a pillow.
Springtime Baby Jacket
Find chick and egg patterns, print them onto paper and cut them out. Iron the paper onto fabric of the appropriate colours and cut out the shapes. Add eyes to the chick patterns by sewing on a small black circle. Glue or sew the shapes onto a small baby jacket. Try placing the chicks and eggs across the front of the jacket.
Find patterns for jungle animals such as elephants, lions and tigers. Print them and cut them out. Glue them to the appropriately coloured fabric. Cut the patterns out of the fabric. Find a dark blue or dark green quilt. Arrange the applique animals in a pattern that looks good, and glue or sew them on.
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