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Sewing cupcakes! Appliqué embroidery

Sewing cupcakes! Appliqué embroidery


Hey everyone, so here is how I put together
these adorable little cupcakes that went around the hem of this dress. The cupcake motif is
available on my etsy site and all the materials along with time stamps can be found in the
description box below. So I’m starting with the top of the cupcakes
using this a-dor-a-ble dotted swiss fabric. I take my light tracing board, which yes,
I love and it’s linked down below through an amazon affiliate link, and trace around
the top of the cupcake… so this would be the icing part. The motif has two cupcakes
that kinda come into each other, if you will. So I’m going to call one of them the left
cupcake and the other one the right cupcake, and then the pattern starts over, left, right,
left, right… you get the drift. You’ll need to figure out how many cupcakes
to make for your application. For me, I did this around the hem of a skirt and each cupcake
is about 2.75 of an inch wide, so my daughter’s waist is a little under 20 inches, and if
you multiply that by 3, you get to 60 inches. 60 inches divided by 2.75 inches is a little
over 21… which means I chose to do 21 cupcakes. That works out nicely since 21 is divisible
by 3 and I’m using three colors in my pattern… love it when things work out.
So from there, I’m pulling any of the dots that landed on the cupcake outline. I figure
this cleans things up so the outline of the cupcake is a clean shape without any little
fuzzys popping out, if that makes sense. And then I cut out each shape with about a
3/8” to ½” allowance. I’m going to be padding these cupcakes, so I need a good
bit of allowance on that fabric fold. And finally, I put one clip at the place where
the top icing swirl meets the bottom one. This is going to allow my fabric to fold around
that shape. This whole process, especially if you’re
doing 21 or so like I am, becomes a bit of an assembly line and in my experience, when
I’m doing work like this, it is the most efficient to do all of one step at a time.
You’ll get into a rhythm and remember the details of each step, and have the right tools
out… so just my two cents, but I prefer to complete each step before moving onto the
next one. So then I take some paper-safe scissors and
cut around the icing part of the cupcake. Basically, my quilting batting is kinda dense
and my light tracing board, as wonderful as it may be, has its limitations. So since I
can’t see through my batting to trace the icing part, I’m going to cut it out and
then trace around it, and then cut out my batting.
Now I’m using this nifty little soldering iron thing, and while I do like it, you definitely
don’t neeed to buy it. Just be careful and use your iron. Either way, fold over the fabric
and carefully press it into place. If you do have this little tool, though, I’d recommend
only using it on the medium setting cause it can burn this fabric on the high setting…
ask me how I know 😉 Then I take some finer weighted thread and
baste those folds into place. Okay, so now I’m backtracking a little bit
and having to cut out my curves so I can trace them on top of the icing section. If I was
smart, I would’ve done this part before cutting any of the icing out from the fabric…
and I’ll show that method for the cupcake bottom half, because I was smarter that day.
Lol So anywho, I cut that curve out so I can fit
a pen in and trace the curves onto my icing shape. And then I take some white floche.
I’m using floche instead of floss since it doesn’t have that texture that floss
has… it’s just smooth, but floss would work, too. Like I say, it’s sewing so you
do you. Regardless, I tie onto the back and then work
the backstitch to stitch those little icing curves. And when I’m done with the first
curve, I just drop down to the second curve and continue stitching. I didn’t see any
reason to tie off and tie back on. Then I moved onto making the bottom of the
cupcakes. First I traced all the shapes I needed. I referred to my list so I knew how
much of each left- and right-hand side cupcakes I needed for each color. Surprisingly, this
wasn’t that difficult to keep straight and even in a small sewing space with little ones
floating around, everything stayed organized. So then I grabbed the floche that coordinates
to each fabric. I tried to pick colors of floche that were just a shade or two different
than the fabric color, that way the stitches would stand out a little bit while still coordinating,
if that makes sense. And this is what I was referring to earlier,
on this day I got smarter. Guess I had an appropriate amount of coffee, ha, but I stitched
all those little lines before cutting out any of those cupcake shapes. I used kinda
bigger stitches since I thought they looked better on this little motif than tiny ones.
So once I had all those little lines stitched, then I cut out the bottom of the cupcakes.
Again, I am leaving some seam allowance since I’m going to fold the edge under.
And one last thing, although if you are using the same fabric as me you could probably skip
this… but I put a piece of large cording behind each of those stitched lines. I really
liked the idea of giving some dimension behind these lines, and if you were using a lighter
weight fabric, this probably would’ve worked lovely, but this fabric is a bit on the heavier
side. I mean, I still love it and did put the cording behind all 21 cupcakes.. because
why not? It’s not like I am limited on time or anything. But anywho I used a sewline glue
pen to do this. So once I had all my cupcake pieces ready
to assemble, I pinned them to my dress hem, just roughly in place, and then I realigned
each cupcake before I sewed that individual one onto my dress. So in my case, it’s rather
easy to use the fabric to keep things in alignment since there’s this large weave pattern.
Otherwise you could use a measuring tape. So I pinned the icing section of the cupcake
in place first and then the bottom of the cupcake in place second.
Then I grabbed some DMC 50 wt thread and anchored on by going through my fabric once, and then
again to create a loop, and then twisted my needle around that loop twice and pulled through
to create a knot. From there I just whipped stitched the bottom part of my cupcake onto
the fabric. I go around that bottom edge of the cupcake first, just grabbing a little
bit of fabric. Then I go across the bottom edge of the icing part of the cupcake, and
finally, I go across the top edge of the icing part of the cupcake. There are many different
ways to do this, and I’m not saying that mine is the best, but if I don’t show it…
people will ask. So that’s how I did it 
And there you go, all my cupcakes in a row. I hope this video was helpful. If you have
any questions, please leave them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them.
As always, I appreciate y’all for watching and I hope to catch ya next time.

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