Sweet Santa Face Raw Edge Appliqué – Sewing for Christmas

Sweet Santa Face Raw Edge Appliqué – Sewing for Christmas

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Santa Face Appliqué designs and quilt blocks by Tara Reed

What is Appliqué?

Dictionary.com defines APPLIQUÉ as: ornamental needlework in which pieces of fabric are sewn or stuck onto a large piece of fabric to form pictures or patterns.

There are a few ways to do it, from sewing by hand or with your machine, fused appliqué, turned edge and more. The easiest is raw edge appliqué.

What is Raw Edge Appliqué?

Raw edge appliqué is when you cut your pieces the exact size you want them and you leave the cut, or “raw”, edges of the fabric shown. It’s easier because there is not trying to turn and press edges of small pieces so it works better for designs with small pieces like this. The edges will fray a little, depending on the way to choose to stitch them down. You can use straight stitching, zigzag or decorative stitches – the chose is yours.


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Santa Applique in a Sawtooth Star Quilt Block
Santa Face Appliqué on green fabric

How to Cut Your Fabric Pieces

Just as there are a few ways to do appliqué there is more than one way to cut your fabric. In the video below I’ll show you how to:

  1. Use fusible web to hand cut the fabric and iron it on the back as well as how to
  2. Use your Cricut Maker or other cutting machine that can cut fabric and use temporary adhesive (I use this) to place the pieces on your background fabric.

The Sweet Santa appliqué can be used on any project you’d like but this pattern includes instructions to make a 20” square Sawtooth Star Quilt block with Santa in the center.

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raw edge appliqué pieces


00:00 introduction
00:17 Raw Edge Appliqué definition
00:48 Raw Edge Fusible Appliqué
02:16 Put webbing on fabric
02:43 Small piece trimming tips
03:22 Cut appliqué pieces with Cricut Maker
03:47 Use temporary adhesive spray
03:57 Layout appliqué pieces
04:11 Mark placement before adhering pieces
04:51 Adhere pieces
05:56 Sewing the appliqué pieces
06:15 Free motion quilting

Santa raw edge appliqué and Sawtooth Star Quilt Block pattern available on Etsy

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🧵 Tara Reed

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Create a Patriotic Table Runner with this Easy Pattern

Create a Patriotic Table Runner with this Easy Pattern

Martha Washington Quilt Block – Table Runner PDF Pattern for Quilters

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Patriotic Table Runner PDF Pattern by Tara Reed

Introducing “Martha Washington’s Table Runner” – a delightful digital download sewing pattern you can find in my Etsy Shop that will add a touch of patriotic charm to your home.

Whether you’re hosting a Fourth of July gathering or simply want to add a patriotic flair to your living space, this 9″ x 36″ pieced quilt pattern is the perfect choice.

This pattern can also be used as a 9″ x 36″ quilt row.

With the convenience of a digital download, you’ll receive a PDF file that contains everything you need to bring this charming piece to life.

The detailed directions included in the pattern guide you through each step of the process, from selecting your fabrics to stitching the Martha Washington Quilt Blocks, striped blocks and then stitching it all together.

Whether you’re a seasoned quilter or a passionate beginner, you’ll find the instructions clear and easy to follow.

This pattern sample was made using my July Stars fabrics – part of the Monthly Placemat Panel Program from Riley Blake Designs. Ask for it where you love to buy fabric.

Tara Reed


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