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.


sewing raw edge appliqué Santa face
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.

pin or clip book pillow pocket together
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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Sewing with Cricut – How to Make a Sleep Mask

Sewing with Cricut – How to Make a Sleep Mask

How to Cut fabric and Make a Sleep Mask with Cricut

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I have a confession: I had my Cricut Maker for over 2 years before I used it to cut fabric – and I sew A LOT!

Most of my sewing involves straight cuts that are easy to do with a rotary cutter and quilting ruler but until now I haven’t done any sewing with Cricut.

Occasionally I use or create a pattern with curves that requires it to be printed, pinned on fabric and cut my hand. Cutting curves is just below clipping curves in my list of favorite things to do when sewing but it’s sometimes what I need to do to make what I want to make. Sleep masks are a great example.

Now that I can cut the fabric and the fusible fleece with my Cricut Maker and I can make sleep masks faster and I’m happier while doing it – two great things! You can now have that joy as well.


woman wearing a "beauty rest" sleep mask

Sleep Masks are perfect for slumber parties, spa parties, girl’s weekends, travel, bachelorette parties or anyone who wants to get a good night’s sleep.

Use your Cricut Maker or other cutting machine that can cut fabric and sew up your own eye masks with ease. The Cricut Sleep Mask Maker bundle includes the mask shape, detailed directions and quotes to add with heat transfer vinyl.

In this video you will learn tips for cutting fabric with a Cricut machine and fabric grip cutting mat as well as how to sew sleep masks – also known as eye masks or dream masks.

00:00 introduction
00:28 Cut Fabric with Cricut
01:24 Removing fabric from Fabric Grip Mat
01:54 Cleaning Fabric Grip Mat
04:49 Fabric Supplies
04:50 Clip fabric together
06:33 Sew together
07:08 Clip curves & turn
08:17 Topstitch
08:58 Add HTV quotes
10:31 Using 2 colors of HTV


supply list

sleep mask with Cricut supply list
  • Cricut Sleep Mask Maker bundle by Tara Reed
  • Cricut Maker
  • Fabric Grip Mat (pink)
  • Standard Grip Mat (green)
  • Cricut Rotary Blade (cuts cotton, denim, silk, felt)
  • Cricut Fine Point Blade to cut HTV
  • Brayer
  • Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)
  • Heat Press
  • Fabric for front and back
    (9 1/2” wide x 5” high or larger)
  • Fusible Fleece (9 1/2” wide x 5” high)
  • 14” flat elastic (7/16” used in tutorial)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Baby Wipes (to clean your Cutting Mats)

I’m excited to use my Cricut Maker for cutting fabric  – stay tuned for more projects so you can get sewing with Cricut too!

✂️ 🧵 Happy Sewing!

Tara Reed


I also have a bundle to cut baby bibs with your Cricut Maker too – such a time saver!

Read the Blog Post | See the Baby Bib Bundle in my Etsy Shop

Cricut Sleep Mask Maker bundle by Tara Reed Designs on Etsy
Let's Sew Things - visit Tara Reed's Etsy shop for sewing