Hello everyone, we hope you are having a lovely week. Today we are sharing how we made an applique using scraps of materials, for our second Eco Craft for Green Week Thurrock which is part of the Great Big Green Week, a national week of events celebrating action on climate change created by the Climate Coalition.
You will need:
- Piece of material approximately 35cm x 28cm as the base
- Scraps of felt or fabric
- Offcuts of ribbon
- Old buttons and/or sequins
- Sewing thread
- Our downloadable template for the applique shapes
1. First, we selected a cream fabric, from our stash of scrap fabrics, to use as the base for our applique.
2. Next, we cut out two beach hut shapes, one from pink felt and then other from deep pink offcuts.
3. We then cut two oblongs in each colour to represent the doors of the beach houses.
4. We pinned the house shapes on to the cream fabric and sewed them in position using simple running stitch or back stitch, you can choose to colour match your thread to make your stitches invisible or sew with a different colour thread to make your stitches a statement.
5. Next, we pinned the doors to the centre of the beach huts and sewed in place.
6. We decided to add doorknobs to the beach hut doors, looked through our box of old buttons and selected two black buttons that looked similar and stitched them on using buttonhole stitch.
7. Next, we found two 22cm lengths of 15mm wide grosgrain ribbon from our box of offcut ribbons and stitched them on as an edging to the roof.
8. To create a scene, we used a piece of brown bias binding which was approximately 15mm wide by 20cm long to create the trunk of a palm tree. Because it was a bias ribbon, we could gently curve it to form the shape of the trunk as we sewed it onto the cream fabric. Alternatively cut a strip of brown fabric with a gentle curve.
9. Using the template for the palm leaves we cut the shape from green felt and stitched it onto the top of the palm tree trunk.
10. Then, we added a strip of 4mm ribbon for bunting between the two beach huts and sewed on some leaf shaped sequins which were left over from a set of children’s craft supplies.
11. To finish off the beach scene we added a surfboard made from blue felt.
We hope you enjoyed crafting along with us today
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Stay tuned for our next craft and happy crafting! From the team at Cece Luna x