I’m so glad that Spring is finally here in all its glory – and floral items are on the top of my must-wear list for the season. But I couldn’t find any chic floral prints that I liked – and that were actually affordable – and so set out to make my own. Applique is the name of the game – and is super-simple to do if you have an iron, a pair of scissors, and a little patience! Make your own on-trend lightweight layer for Spring by jazzing up an old piece from your closet (or thrifted – mine was $2.99 from the local Goodwill!) – and infuse your days with a little flowery fun. Here’s how…
cardigan or shirt that has little stretch / floral fabric with large-sized flowers / Heat n Bond for appliques
Tools: fabric scissors / iron / ironing board / pins
1. Cut around the flowers you want to use for your cardigan. Just roughly; we’ll cut the details later. (Cut more flowers than you think you’ll need!)
2. Following the directions on the Heat n Bond, fuse the undersides of the flowers to one side of the Heat n Bond with the iron.
3. Peel away the flowers from the paper backing. They should all have the sticky Heat n Bond stuck to the undersides. (If they don’t, re-fuse or use another area of the Heat n Bond.)
4. Use the scissors to cut close to the edges of the flowers, delineating the details and shapes.
5. Lay your cardigan flat and choose the placement of your flowers. I chose to create a repeating pattern down the front of my cardigan, and then pinned the flowers in place.
6. Use the iron and follow the directions on the Heat n Bond to fuse the flowers in place on your cardigan. Leave the seams and edges for last, and either wrap the flowers onto the undersides of the edges and fuse them there, or cut at the edges and fuse. Shift the cardigan so you can properly fuse the flowers across seams or joins.
And that’s it! For the ultimate floral explosion, wear with other flower-patterned items – and for a sweet Springy piece, pair with pastels and neutrals to celebrate the return of warmer temperatures!
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Absolutely wonderful!! I love how it has been this jacket! This week I made a version of the Burberry shirt, I’ll leave the link to see it …. many kisses!
How serendipitous! I just posted a link to a shirt that I would like to recreate except I had no idea how to handle the floral pattern. You’ve solved my problem! Thanks so much!
Very cute. A little bit Christopher Kane.
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love it! I don’t wear many cardigans here in Texas, but I like the idea of fusing appliques onto boring clothing…I go thrifting all the time, so finding a base piece is easy…I need to go to the fabric store and find some pretty prints…yeehaw!
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OMG! I really wanted to do something similar, just couldn’t get fabrics with flowers which I liked enough. And I wanted to improve a blouse. Nice!
Wow, great DIY! I like how it’s so easy to personalize to one’s individual taste. 🙂
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I love the idea. How does it wash? Do the appliqués stay without a stitch to secure it?
How does this hold up washing wise?
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