What fun I’m having coordinating one little outfit after another for this paper doll applique series. Today’s block is graced with a long sleeve top, round collar, full skirt, and apron.
If this is the first block you’ve clicked on, please read the introduction to the series as well as the instructions for block one. You’ll find helpful information in those posts regarding the download of needed files and the necessary supplies to insure success.
For block three, download the following files from BOX in the right hand margin: 6_Long Sleeve Top Applique, 7_Full Skirt Applique, 8_Apron Applique, 9_Round Collar Applique. Follow my previous instructions for making templates.
Outline the templates onto double-sided fusible web, such as Steam-A-Seam Lite 2.
Outline Templates on Fusible Web
Peel the backing paper off and stick them to the backside of your selected fabrics. Carefully cut out each piece with short-nosed craft scissors and set aside.
Cut Out Applique Pieces
Cut a 7 ½-inch background square from a pastel solid cotton fabric such as Kona cotton. Starch and press the square and adhere a light tear-away stabilizer to the back. (I use a 50-50 mix of starch and water.)
Mark the center of your square background block. You may find it helpful to measure the height of the applique and place a piece of tape at the top and bottom placement points. This insures that the applique will be centered correctly.
Peel off the remaining backing paper and position your applique pieces on the background square, working from back to front. For example, place the long sleeve top on the background square first, then the full skirt, collar, and apron. The pieces are repositionable so don’t worry if you don’t get them positioned correctly the first time.
Placement of Applique Pieces
Cut two 1 ¼” sections from 3/8” white satin ribbon. Fold in half and finger press. Place one folded tab on each side of the lower skirt by gently lifting the edge of the applique and tucking the raw edges of the tab underneath. Finger press the area to re-adhere the fusible.
Using a pressing cloth, heat set your applique according to package directions. These will vary depending on what brand of fusible you are using.
Cut a thin piece of trim for the apron waistband. I chose ric rac and used a light dab of basting glue to help keep the trim in place.
Cut Trim for Apron Waistband
Beginning with the apron, sew a small blanket stitch around the raw edges using a matching thread. I set my blanket stitch at 2.0mm width and 2.3mm length. When you reach the ric rac areas, switch to a 2.0mm straight stitch. (Test the decorative stitch on a sample fabric first.) If your sewing machine does not have decorative stitches, a simple zig zag stitch works quite well.
Straight Stitch Ric Rac
Blanket Stitch Around Apron
Switch to a thread that matches the remainder of the ensemble and blanket stitch around all raw edges.
Blanket Stitch Raw Edges
When you come to a sharp corner, leave your needle in the down position and pivot the fabric; then continue stitching.
Needle Down at Corners
With a self-threading needle, take all the thread tails to the back and tie them off. Trim off excess thread.
Take Thread Tails to Back and Tie Off
When your block is complete, gently tear away the backing stabilizer.
Since the quilts I make are donated to crisis pregnancy centers, I don’t embellish them with any small objects that could come loose over time. On this particular block I did add a crocheted flower at the base of the collar. It is glued and sewed down to the point that it will never come off.
If you are making this quilt for a wall hanging, consider embellishing the blocks with beads, sequins, Angelina fibers, yarns, or other decorations you have on hand.
Have fun and stayed tuned for block four.