i use tulle for some of my top cover. it tears away clean & i always have scraps!!
When I used the sweaters for quilt applique, I washed and dried the sweaters first so they would be ready for the washing a child's quilt is sure to get. Children really like the tactile quilts -- I have used satin, lace, and corduroy as well as wool - just wash and dry first.
What a brilliant idea for re-using old sweaters. Children love to feel the different fabrics and soft appliques would be wonderful for children in hospital. I guess the soft sweaters would make great little animal appliques, too.
have done a whole quilt for grand..using mixture of squares with machine embroidery and applique designs..use a washable topping and you'll be fine!! washes like a dream
I have used lots of different things for applique - never sweaters but similar things. Definitely use the wash-away topper - and jrob states - make it plenty big - not worth it catching the foot on the way across.
Yes, do make it plenty big....I have got the foot caught and it makes a terrible terrible noise, and would damage machine if you didn't stop it immediatly.
Everyone has shared my response. WSS, don't cheat it, make it at least and 1 1/2 bigger than the design to keep your embroidery foot from dragging. Also, be sure your applique has a good satin finish (as opposed to a raggy edge) so that the sweater doesn't unravel.
I have used fleece, towelling, velvet, corduroy and suede for appliqué. I use a wss on top when sewing them. Does not harm my machine, but sometimes it spoils my mood a bit, especially when cutting the material back to the stitching line.
I wonder if they also use a lightweight heat n bond? I use that for cottons to keep the fraying down. It should keep it in place but would also add a little extra stiffness and bulk, so I don't know. I love the idea of repurposing things, that's why I like to go the thrift stores, you never know what you will find.
I have used minky and fleece as well as a fur (but that was a disaster because it was my first try with it)
The key is stabilzer -- especially a topper. You may want to use an iron-on fusible backing for the sweaters just to keep their shape and to keep them from being too loose.
Thank you. I bought some topper stabilizer. I look forward to trying this as soon as my machine is functional again. Thank you for the hints!
I have a friend who does minky all the time in baby quilt animal appliques. She puts a topping (WS) over them that helps contain them, and lets them keep their lofty pile.
Thank you. This is very helpful! My first try was a disaster, and I would prefer to not repeat that!