When we get a quiet moment, we love nothing more than a bit of hand or machine stitching. So, we were delighted when our Technical Editor, Laura, started designing and choosing 30 exclusive appliqué templates for our issue 40 gift…
With appliqué designs you can easily while away an afternoon (or weekend, if you’re lucky) cutting out and sewing down shapes to create gorgeous patterns no matter where you are.
Issue 40 is on sale this week and comes with a handy set of 30 Floral & Bird Applique Templates.
It wasn’t easy narrowing down the designs to just 30 shapes that would all work well together, but we think Laura’s final selection is perfect. Combining leaves, birds and floral motifs, you can mix and match the templates to your heart’s content, creating individual designs that no one else will have.
What’s better, you’ll get to raid your stash (or take a little trip to your local fabric shop) and play around with fabric choices and combinations. The templates are transparent so you can even fussy-cut fabric prints to enhance the shapes and create unique effects. Simply use the printed markings to help centre and position the templates.
Short on time?
Make a small cushion or sewing pouch to carry your sewing supplies while out and about. Or, really challenge yourself and design a whole quilt using the templates! You could even add some simple petals to enhance a quilt block or layer multiple shapes and prints for a lavish botanical medallion centre piece. The possibilities are endless!
If you’re in need of some inspiration, grab a copy of issue 40 to sew along with Laura’s charming cushion design, made with our template set. This stylish home sewing project is sure to brighten any room in your home (or make a lovely gift for friends or a family member).