Add a touch of embroidery and go from plain to elegant, plain to festive, or in this case—plain to cute! Featured are three appliqué designs from Everyday Designs Boutique. I couldn’t resist adding the designs to swimsuit coverups, so that the most adorable little girls I know could be the starfish of the beach.
Appliqué and computerized embroidery go hand in hand. The stitching time is streamlined since the fabric comprises much of the embellishment. Best of all, it’s truly enjoyable to add these creative touches.
I selected three coordinating designs, the mermaid, fish, and bubbles. (Find more Everyday Designs Boutique embroideries by clicking here.) After downloading the designs, I decided which size to use. For Avery’s cover-up in the purple, I chose an embroidery size slightly larger than for her sister Luella’s pink coverup.
The Embroidery Process
The purchased swimsuit coverups are made from stretch velour. Use these steps when embroidering your next project:
- Back knit fabrics with a stabilizer. Use a multipurpose stabilizer such as fusible, no-show mesh stabilizer.
- Select appliqué fabric and thread combos to go with your project.
- Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of each fabric. My staff and I like a fusible tricot, which gives the fabric extra body and prevents the background fabric from showing through to the right side.
- Hoop the stabilizer, not the fabric, to prevent the hoop from leaving a hoop burn on the fabric.
- Hoop a tear-away stabilizer.
- Lightly spray the stabilizer with a temporary adhesive.
- Then, finger press the fabric to be embroidered to the stabilizer.
- Follow the thread/stitching guide of the embroidery. Stitch the first thread color, which will show the placement of the fish fins.
- Cover the area with the fin fabric and stitch the appliqué to the project fabric. (You’ll see the process of embroidering the fish; the other two designs follow the same steps.)
- Next, trim close to the stitching. Use a curved embroidery scissors for the best results.
- Stitch the next thread color which indicates the placement for the body of the fish.
- Cover the area with the appliqué fabric.
- Stitch the next thread color, which attaches the appliqué fabric to the background fabric.
- Apply a topper stabilizer. Featured is a wash-away stabilizer. The topper stabilizer keeps the threads on top of the nap!
- Stitch the remaining thread colors.
- Next, stitch the bubbles appliqué to the fabric. Note: The fish and bubbles embroideries were merged together as one design on my computer.
- Stitch the remaining mermaid embroidery design using the same process.
Choosing a larger embroidery design for the larger sized garment, keeps the proportion of the embroidery relative to the size of the project.
Special thanks to my precious granddaughters Avery and Luella for modeling, and to my daughter-in-law Ali for being the photographer!
Would you like to win the mermaid, fish, and bubble designs from Everyday Designs Boutique? Let me know what project you’ll add a touch of embroidery to and go from plain to elegant, plain to festive, or plain to cute! We’ll choose a random winner from the comments.
Bye for now,
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