Today I'll continue my article about padded appliqué and show the simple yet effective technique of making it on an example.
I'll make this teddy bear:
I chose this particular image of a teddy bear because its simplicity perfectly suited my goals:
So I digitized the image and got a machine embroidery design. It's a very simple design, an ordinary patched appliqué. See the preview below:
I chose a stretchy and fluffy knitwear fabric for the teddy's body – namely, fleece. For the face and the belly, I took out trims of fake fur that remained of a stuffed toy I hadn't made. I used polyester batting for stuffing it. Despite the batting being thin (1 cm), I nevertheless decided to use only one layer of it. Now I realize that I could have used 2 layers to make the embroidery puffier.
So, let's proceed to action. I hoop the fabric together with the stabilizer:
Load the design into the machine and start the embroidery. The first step is the simplest – a guideline for positioning of the appliqué:
When creating an embroidery sequence, I planned to sew on the belly first. Because the fake fur itself has volume and also does not stretch, I will not put a polyester batting under it. I'll only use fur instead. I place the fur where the belly is intended to be:
I start the machine and sew on the fur with a small zig-zag stitch:
Now I pick up the scissors and trim the extra fur along the perimeter as close to the zig-zag stitch as possible so that the fur won't show from under the finishing border in future:
Right after trimming I place polyester batting on top of the embroidered outline of the bear:
Fleece goes on top of that:
I start the machine and stitch one more zig-zag stitch. This time it outlines the body of the bear.
I take the hoop off the machine, pick up the scissors and trim the entire "layer cake" perimeter-wise:
After that, I embroider the outline showing where to put the face:
I put the fur on top of that outline:
Stitch the fur with a zig-zag stitch and trim the extra material:
Then I start the machine again and embroider the rest: finishing borders, eyes, nose, and so on.
I decided against the water-soluble film, despite fleece being a piled fabric, but I used a plastic bag when embroidering the heart on the fur (I tore the leftovers prior to embroidering the border around the heart):
The resulting embroidery is quite neat – nothing shows through the satins, and that indicates that I chose the right border width, 5–6 mm).
That's all that is to it. The whole thing isn't much different from an ordinary appliqué, except perhaps trimming – I had to trim the layers of the "cake" separately: first polyester batting and then fleece.