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Sun Mandala Applique

These are instructions on how to embroider the Sun Mandala Applique.

There are 2 files in the set, called "Appliq_SunMandala" and "Appliq_SunMandalaFoam". They are basically the same design. The first file is used to embroider a flat, regular, applique, the second one to embroider a Trapunto-style applique, using Puffy Foam (by Sulky).

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You will need

  • embroidery thread (either polyester or rayon),
  • base fabric (fabric on which you make the embroidery),
  • medium-weight cut-away stabilizer for the base fabric,
  • applique fabric,
  • light-weight iron-on cut-away stabilizer for applique fabric,
  • Puffy Foam by Sulky, if you embroider the second design.

Regular Applique:

Step One: Upload the file "Applique_SunMandala" into your machine. Stabilize the base fabric and hoop it. Start the machine. It will embroider the outline of the design.

Step Two: Stabilize the applique fabric. Cover the outline with the applique fabric. Start the machine. It will embroider the same outline over the fabric.

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Step Three: With a pair of sharp scissors, cut away the applique fabric around the outline:

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Step Four: Return the hoop to the machine. The last color will finish the raw edges of the embroidery.

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Trapunto Applique

To have the embroidery with trapunto look, use the file called "Appliq_SunMandalaFoam".

Step One: Upload the file into the machine. Stabilize the base fabric and hoop it. The first color embroiders the position of the design.

Step Two: Cover the outline with a sheet of foam. Start the machine, it will embroider a second outline over the foam. Please note that the second outline will be slightly narrower than the first one.

Step Three: Gently rip away the excess foam around the embroidery.

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Step Four: Cover the hoop with a piece of applique fabric. You can pin the applique fabric to the base fabric outside the embroidery field.

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Step Five: Start the machine. It will embroider the outline over the fabric.

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Step Six: With a pair of sharp scissors cut away the fabric around the embroidery.

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Step Seven: Return the hoop to the machine and embroider the next color, which will finish the raw edges.

Project Idea:

We made the second file with Puffy Foam on a denim vest. We did not finish the raw edges with satin-stitch. Instead, in step 6 we trimmed the fabric around the embroidery 1/8" (2-3 mm) away from the stitches and let the edges fray.

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Very Important: before embroidering any design on a ready made item, first make a test stitch!

The Sun Mandala Applique is done. Enjoy!

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