Editing Older Designs…

We are trying our bestest and fastest to reconvert all of our old designs, add the vp3 fornat and 6×10 where needed.  It is going to take us a while.  We will post them here as we get to them.

If you have previously purchased them your download links should still work!

Please let us know if you have any questions: contact@appliquealley.com

These are the ones we have edited so far:

 

LG-STEVIE-SNAKE-thumbSM-STEPHANIE-SNAKELG-TODD-TURKEYthunb

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Ribbon Turkey Tutorial

WOW!  This design is an old one… one of our first I think!  🙂

We hesistated to add it to the new blog…. but we still love this turkey!  (though I think I might do him different today!)

BEFORE GETTING STARTED, LET ME MENTION THAT I SIMPLY DID THIS AS A TUTORIAL ON THE DESIGN ITSELF AND TO TEST THE DESIGN. IF YOU ARE STITCHING THIS OUT FOR A CUSTOMER, I HIGHLY SUGGEST IRONING ALL OF YOUR FABRIC AND APPLYING HEAT N BOND LITE BEFORE PLACING YOUR FABRIC IN THE HOOP. I ALWAYS TRY TO USE A THICK SATIN STITCH IN MY DESIGNS TO ADD STABILITY BUT USING HIGHER QUALITY FABRIC WILL HELP AS WELL. I ALSO SUGGEST LEAVING MY DESIGNS IN THEIR ORIGINAL FORMATS. ALTERING THEM IN ANY WAY COULD CHANGE THE OUTCOME OF THE DESIGN. THANKS!

I HOPE THIS TUTORIAL HELPS! :

1. FIRST CUT YOUR RIBBON TO THE DESIRED LENGTH. I CUT MINE ABOUT 9″ AND FOLDED IT IN 1/2 FOR EACH “FEATHER”. IN THIS TUTORIAL, I USED 6 STIPS OF RIBBON.

2.THE FIRST OUTLINE OF THE TURKEY IS JUST TO SHOW THE SIZE OF THE TURKEY
3.THE SECOND SET OF STITCHES IS TO SHOW WHERE THE RIBBON WILL BE PLACED

4.THEN, FOR EACH RIBBON, IS A TACK DOWN AND ZIG ZAG STITCH. FOLD YOUR RIBBON STRIP IN 1/2 AND LAY IT IN THE HOOP IN THE CORRECT POSITION. I LEFT A GOOD BIT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STITCH TO ADD STABILITY AND TO KEEP THE RIBBON FROM SLIPPING. HOLD ONTO YOUR RIBBON AT THE FOLD WHILE THE TACK DOWN STITCH COMPLETES. WATCH YOUR FINGERS! THIS IS ONLY TO KEEP THE NEEDLE FROM PUSHING THE RIBBON ASIDE.

5. I PUT 2 RIBBONS IN A V – SHAPE ON THE TOPSTITCH… BUT IT JUST DEPENDS ON THE THICKNESS OF YOUR RIBBON. YOU COULD PUT 2 ON EACH STITCH IF YOU WANTED MORE, OR YOU COULD EVEN USE ANOTHER MATERIAL BESIDES RIBBON…. THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT WAYS TO DO THIS.

6. I ADDED AN EXTRA TACK DOWN STITCH TO ADD STABILITY TO THE RIBBON.

7. NOW YOU ARE READY FOR YOUR TURKEY PLACEMENT STITCH. SINCE YOU ALREADY KNOW WHERE IT IS GOING TO BE DUE TO THE OUTLINE STITCHON STEP 2, YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND LAY DOWN YOUR MATERIAL. IN THIS TUTORIAL, I LAIDDOWN A VERY THICK PIECE OF STABILIZER (SIMILAR TO FELT) TO MAKE SURE ALL OF MY RIBBON WAS COVERED WELL AND LEFT NO “HUMPS” IN MY FABRIC. THIS SERVED TWO PURPOSES, TO COVER THE RIBBON AND TO KEEP THE RIBBON FROM GETTING CAUGHT IN THE NEEDLE DURING THE PLACEMENT STITCH.

8.THEN BEFORE CUTTING THE STABILIZER, I LAID DOWN MY BROWN GINGHAM FABRIC AND PROCEEDED TO THE CUTTING LINE STITCH.

9. THIS STEP JUST SHOWS THE FABRIC AND STABLIZER CUT WITH THE ZIG ZAG STITCH COMPLETING.

10. HERE IS MY FINISHED TURKEY! AS I MENTIONED BEFORE… THERE ARE ALOT OF WAYS YOU COULD DO THIS TO MIX IT UP A BIT! IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE EMAIL ME AT APPLIQUEALLEY@HOTMAIL.COM

Ribbon Spider Tutorial

If you choose to add ric rac legs or ribbon legs to your spider, here is a tutorial showing the steps. If you are using the design with satin stitched legs and string, you will not need this tutorial.
Q: Why would you add ric rac and not just use the satin stitched legs and string? A: Along with providing a cute cute alternative to this design, adding ric rac to make the legs and string allows you to make the spider itself much bigger b/c it stretches across the whole hoop instead of having to have room for the legs and string.
This is my design but Make Mine Monogrammed. tested it for me! Thanks Keely!
1.An outline of the spider, leg placement outline, and web string outline will stitch first… just so you can get a clear picture of your design before beginning.
2.Next place the material for the web string (ric ract in this tutorial) down and let the tack down stitch complete. Then follow the same step for the legs. You will have to hold the legs in place until the tack down completes. Watch your fingers!

3. I added a zig zag stitch to provided stability

4.When the zig zag completes, follow the steps for creating an applique as usual. I suggest placing a thick piece of stabilizer (or felt) down before your fabric. This will prevent the ric rac from showing through or making lumps in your design.

[HINT: I would suggest putting a stitch in the top of the “web string” and at the ends of the spider “legs” to prevent them from flopping around too much…. esp in the washing machine.]

5. Finished product! Don’t you just LOVE This dress!!! SO CUTE!!

 

You can find the design here:

http://www.appliquealley.com/item_44/RIBBON-SPIDER.htm

Circle Fringe Patch Tutorial

CIRCLE FRINGE PATCH TUTORIAL

1. First a thick satin stitch will complete.

2. Next a triple running stitch will complete to hold the satin stitich in place while you make the “fringe”

3. Now take your hoop off your machine CAREFULLY. DO NOT take the material off the hoop. Turn the hoop over and carefully run your seam ripper through the white bobbin thread. Be very careful not to cut your material underneath. Try to only cut the white bobbin thread and not any of your colored thread.

4. Turn your hoop back over and run the pointed side of your seam ripper over the satin stitch to pull it through to the front. Try not to cut any of the thread.

5. Here is what the fringe will look like when you finishe.

6. Next a 2nd triple running tack down stitch will complete, followed by a blanket tack down stitch.

7. Then your placement stitch for your applique material will complete. You may now do as your normally would to applique. Try to be careful when you are cutting your fabric so that you don’t cut any of your “fringe” .

8. And, here’s the finished product! You can find this font at Kabo Designs.

 

You can get the design for free here:

http://www.appliquealley.com/pages/freefiles.htm

More free designs here:

http://www.appliquealley.com/category_97/FREE-DESIGNS.htm