Embellish a Dress with Applique

Give a ready-to-wear dress a custom touch with this super-simple applique technique.

What You Need

  • Fabric scraps
  • Dress
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Pom-pom fringe

Download pattern

How to Make It

  1. Cut multiples of the applique pattern (download above) from a collection of fabrics (we used Kaffe Fassett designs from Westminster fabrics).
  2. Fuse to the bodice.
  3. Use black thread to zig-zag stitch around the edges of each applique.
  4. Stitch pom-pom fringe at the base of the appliques to cover fabric edges. When you sew appliques onto lightweight fabrics, a stabilizer is a must. Choose a soft, cutaway type, or a lightweight tear-away stabilizer.

Learn the basics of appliqueing


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