HOA Heart Gumball Machine Tutorial

 I had a lot of fun digitizing and stitching out this new Heart Gumball Machine applique design!
I used 3D hearts and clear vinyl to really set this applique apart from the rest!
Vinyl is fun to use on appliques and can be stitched on just like fabric. I personally use the thinner vinyl, but there are several different types, you can find vinyl at your local fabric store. Joanns has it in the “home dec” section on large rolls.

Special materials I used:
Clear Vinyl
Medium Tear away Stabilizer
Stiff Craft Felt or Stiff Interfacing

First off, this design comes in 2 versions, an all applique version and the 3D version.  In this tutorial I will show you the 3D version.

Start by creating the 3D hearts. Hoop a medium tearaway stabilizer.

Spray the hoop with temp spray adhesive

Lay down the stiff felt or stiff interfacing

Stitch the guidelines and tackdown for the hearts and cut the fabric as you normally do for an applique


Flip your hoop over, spray a little temp spray on the back of your applique fabric and lay it over the coordinating heart. You can see the guideline from the first stitch set.
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Follow the steps to complete all hearts and cut around the edges as you do a regular applique.


**I forgot to photograph this part** Then turn your hoop over right side up and trim the stiff felt/interfacing as you would an applique, as you can see in this closeup, the felt/interfacing is trimmed just as the fabric is


Change your bobbin to the same thread as your top thread *So the back of the heart looks pretty*


Stitch the satin outlines for the hearts


As you can see, the FRONT and BACK of the hearts are the same from using the same thread in the bobbin.

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Pop out the hearts from the tear  away stabilizer and set aside.

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Once you have your Gumball Machine applique parts stitched, lay the hearts INSIDE of the globe of the gumball machine then lay your vinyl overtop being sure the hearts are not in the stitch path.

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Then stitch the tack down for the globe and cut the edges of the vinyl just as you would a regular applique. Be VERY careful not to snip the tackdown threads.

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Then finish the applique with the satin stitches and detail stitches as normal.
Here is the finished product! How C-U-T-E is that!
This design can be purchased on my website http://www.hookedonapplique.com


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Embroider a dress in 1 hooping with 2 designs!

Hi everyone! I am so excited to share this neat technique I used for stitching on my Christmas dresses from Blanks Boutique! I hooped once and stitched 2 designs! Here is what the finished product looks like…. cute right? :)

I used my 6 x 10 hoop, I used a 3.5 inch monogram and a 4.85 inch applique. I used my Singer Hyperfont software to convert the font Sweethearts Script for the monogram, I changed the parameters to density 3 & selected the fill underlay. For the applique I used 2 Hooked On Applique designs and merged them, 1st the Scallop Frame (I removed the inner layer)  and the Santa Face.


I like to use chalk to mark the middle of the dress.


I hoop a layer of no show mesh cutaway stabilizer, I use Pellon Soft N Stay which you can find at your local Joanns.


I then spray lightly the top portion of my stabilizer with a temporary spray adhesive, I like to use Elmer’s Craft Bond, you can find it at Walmart in the craft section for about $5. Just remember a little goes a long way.


I flippped the dress inside out and placed the top of the collar to the top edge of my hoop, aligning the chalk line to the notch on my hoop. Remember the inside of the dress is what lays against the stabilizer.


I then smooth out the top are of the dress and pin all around. I then roll all the edges up and clip with large plastic clips to keep the dress from sliding under the hoop. The clips you can find at the Dollar Tree in the closet/laundry organization section. As you can see the bottom of the hoop is not being used at this point.

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I slipped a layer of medium tearaway stabilizer under and floated it under the hoop where the monogram was to prevent puckering, then I  put my hoop on the machine and stitched the monogram. (I forgot to add water soluble stabilizer to the top before the monogram, but it still came out okay)


When the monogram was finished I took the hoop off the machine and brought it back over to my workstation. I unclipped and unpinned the top monogram and sprayed a light mist of temp spray on the bottom portion of the stabilizer and lined up the bottom corner of the dress to the bottom corner of the hoop.



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I smoothed the fabric out and pinned just as I did the top monogram.


I slid another layer of tearaway underneath, put the hoop back on my machine and stitched the applique.


Here are a few pictures of what my hoop looked like when it was finished..

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Then the last step I did was remove all the pins, removed the dress from the hoop and cut the stabilizer away :)


I love the way it turned out! I used this technique on a 18mnth, 2T, 3T and 4T dress from Blanks Boutique.

In the Santa Face applique I used Riley Blake Christmas dots fabric from Sue Sews, red sequin material from Joanns, white minky for the beard and white glitter canvas from Hobby Lobby (found in the felt section)  for the hat.


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and you found it helpful!  Please stop by and “LIKE” my facebook page Hooked On Applique to stay updated with sales and tutorials!

Happy Stitching!!

How to make corker ribbon

Hey everyone! This is a quick tutorial on how I make corker ribbon for bows, accents for my appliques, ect… It’s pretty easy and I am sure there are other ways to do this, but this is just how I do it :)

Wooden dowels- Use any size but I used 5mm diameter dowels
Grosgrain ribbon- I used 3/8 in
Wooden clothespins
Water & or Spray Starch
Oven & cookie sheet (optional)

Using the oven speeds up the drying process, so set your oven to 250 degrees.


Now you are going to wrap your ribbon around your dowel and secure the end with a clothespin…

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Wrap your ribbon in a spiral around the dowel and secure with another clothespin at the opposite end…

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Wet down your dowel with water, then place on your cookie sheet..

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Now that the ribbon is wet, spray them real good with starch…


Place the cookie sheet in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until the ribbon is dry.


Once they are dry, unwind them from the dowels and you have corker ribbon!

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I used some of this in my witches cauldron applique. You can find this design on my website Hooked On Applique

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I hope you all found this helpful!

Happy Stitching!

Hooked On Applique

Tutorial: Ribbon edge tutu

Hi everyone! Today I made this ribbon tutu for my niece! She is having a cheerleading themed birthday party, so I thought this would be cute with her shirt! This was my first one, so its not perfect, but I think it came out cute :) The ONLY thing that was frustrating for me was lining that tulle up right  (which ended up off on mine anyways).

Materials you need:

1 inch elastic
6-12 yards of tulle. (if you want a tutu like mine use 6, if you want a really poofy pageant style skirt use 12)
6-12 yards of 3/4 inch ribbon. (if you use 6 yrds of tulle you will need 6 yards of ribbon, ect)

How to determine the size:

Measure the waist of the child for the elastic

Measure the child from waist to the bottom of the knee, that’s how long you want your tutu to be. So if its 10 inches, you will cut your tulle for 2 10inch wide pieces by however many yards you use.

For my tutu I used all of the tulle with no waste, it fits a 3t-4t size.

First I sewed the ribbon to the edge of the tulle…


I then unfolded my 6yrds of tulle and laid out flat, and cut straight up the middle so I had 2 equal pieces of 6yrd tulle…


Then I lay the 2 pieces on top of each other, used pins to keep it in place, then folded that in half, so I had 4 layers… All 4 edges were on one side
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Then bring your tulle to your sewing machine and sew a 1.25 inch casing so you can run the elastic through…


Clip a safety pin to one end of the elastic and run the elastic through the casing..


Then sew your two sides of elastic together, being sure to back stitch in the beginning and end..


And there you have it! Heat seal the ends of your ribbon and you  are all done! Now if you are a little off on your tulle underneath, you may need to trim it so its even with the outer layer.


Again, if you want a REALLY poofy tutu, use more tulle!


Tutorial: Easy t-shirt dress!

Hey there! I just finished my first ever t-shirt dresses! They were SO fun to make! My first one taught me a lot, like don’t sew the shirt and skirt on inside out! *palm to forehead*…. But I survived and learned a lot! My second one I had finished in like 15 minutes! I am by no means an expert, I only sew for my kids, so my edges aren’t perfect, I get strings hanging out, but that’s all part of the fun, right?! lol… Okay, on to the Tutorial…

You will need :
1- snug fitting t-shirt or tank (preferably cotton, im not a fan of the ribbed tanks), I used a Garanimals one from Walmart, lol…
2- 1 to 1.5 yards of fabric, generally 44in wide
3-pins, thread, scissors & a ruler/measuring tape

To determine how much fabric you will need measure the child from the armpit, down to about the top of the knee. That will be your length of fabric. To determine the width, use the following:
*0-12mths 33in width
*18mths-3t use full length of fabric, generally 44in
*4t-5t use 1.5 yrds in width
*For bigger sizes, add .25 to .50 of fabric

You want a nice ruffle, these are the measurements I went by. If you want a real dramatic ruffle, just add more to the width of the fabric. You can use 2 pieces of fabric as well for the front and back. I had one continuous piece so I just used that…

First cut your shirt. I cut both mine (2t & 5t) 3 inches down from the armpit. I wanted to add the 4×4 sailboat design so I needed a little more room. You can easily cut it at 1 in or 2in depending on the look you want…

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Then I took my top half and prepared it for hooping…. I fold my shirts in half and lightly press it with my iron to make a nice guideline for me right down the middle, then I put a pin at the top and bottom of the line….

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I then appliqued my top, you can find a detailed tutorial on that HERE

Now to continue with the dress….

When you get your fabric cut it will be one large rectangle


Put PRETTY sides together and sew or serge up the side to create one continuous piece of fabric, like a “tube”

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Press your seam flat


If you have a serger, serge the bottom and top of the skirt….


Now bring your skirt to your sewing machine and sew a gathering stitch about a quarter inch from the top. Use a straight stitch, lengthen your stich as far as it will go. Stitch along the TOP of the skirt, DO NOT do a tack back stitch… (I serged my top first, but do this 2nd, lesson learned)


Then pull the threads to make gathers, gently moving the gathers down the fabric to your desired size…


Then slide your shirt pretty side up, so pretty sides of shirt and fabric are together and pin. ( I messed this step up in my 1st one and sewed my shirt on inside out, lol)  Line up your side seams from the skirt and shirt… You may need to adjust your gathers to fit the shirt width…

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Take it to your machine and straight stitch or zigzag them together…


Then serge your edges… *its okay if you don’t have a serger, just skip those steps*



If you have any loose serger threads, grab a needle with a large eye, like an upholstery needle and thread the tail through it, and thread the tail back into the serged edges to hide the tail. ( I learned that trick from Mrs. Darlene Cahill )

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If you want to finish the bottom with a hem, fold your bottom edges up about a quarter inch and straight stitch…


Flip your shirt right side out and you are done!


Again, I’m not an expert, but I hope this tutorial helps you and inspires you to make some of your own!
The applique design used is my Heart Sailboat and can be found on my website http://www.hookedonapplique.com !
Happy Stitching!

Hooked On Applique



How to make a GREAT applique!

Hi everyone! I get a lot of questions on how to make a GREAT applique, so I wanted to share a few tips and tricks I’ve learned that give me GREAT results every time ! This is my preferred method, everyone has their own way of doing things.

First, its all about using the right products for your project, stabilizer being #1. In this tutorial I am focusing on applique for a t-shirt.

The supplies you will need are:
1- A no-show mesh CUTaway stabilizer
2- Heat N Bond LITE
3- Water Soluble Stabilizer
4- A Ball-point needle
5- Pair of duck bill applique scissors


Insert a BALL POINT needle for stretch knits! If you don’t, the sharp needle will cause holes in the tshirt. If they aren’t visible right away, they will be after a few washes…. I used a 70/09 ball point Singer needle…


Hoop your no show mesh cutaway stabilizer (I do not hoop the actual shirts)  Click HERE for my tutorial on how I hoop a shirt…


Prepare your applique fabrics with Heat N Bond LITE… HNBL will keep your applique fabrics from bubbling and wrinkling after washing.
Cut a piece of HNBL to match each applique piece but just a tad smaller than the fabric…
For a more in depth Heat N Bond Lite tutorial, click HERE


With your iron setting on medium, iron the HNBL onto fabric…


Once fabric has cooled, remove the paper…


Lay your applique fabric down after stitching your guideline…. stitch your tack down and cut around the edges as close as you can without snipping the threads… BUT if you do accidently snip your threads, don’t freak out, when you adhere the HNBL, the fabric wont shift :)

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Now that the applique fabrics are cut out, remove your hoop from the machine and bring it over to your ironing board, we are going to iron the HNBL onto the shirt now using a small travel sized iron, you can purchase them at Joann’s or any craft store….

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Let your shirt cool for a few seconds, then grab your water soluble stabilizer. I am going to pin a layer of this on top now that my applique fabrics are complete. The wss will keep my stitches looking crisp and flat, this is how you get those nice thick, flat satin stitches. It also keeps your stitches from sinking into your fabric and causing a not so pretty finish… Of course you have to be using a design that has a thick satin, as mine do at Hooked On Applique :)

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Put your hoop back onto your machine and finish with your satin & decorative stitches….


Remove your hoop and peel off your wss from the top….

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See how pretty that is! Flat, crisp satin stitches, and all the small details are on top of the shirt and visible :)

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I little tip for removing wss from little stubbirn spots, use a clean, new pencil eraser and rub it on the wss and it will pull up :)

I really hope this tutorial helps you in making GREAT appliques :)

This adorable sailboat applique design can be found on my website http://www.hookedonapplique.com along with the matching “boy” version :)

btw, I have a Singer Futura Quartet FQ-4

Happy Stitching!

Hooked On Applique



Pinwheels & Popsicles!

I just LOVE this new collection I listed recently, “Popsicles & Pinwheels”. I used some awesome fabric from Riley Blake, from the Sweet Nothings line and So Happy Together line. I have a bit of a fabric obsession lately, I can’t stop buying it! LOL! I wanted to share some of the new designs from this line. All the designs can be purchased from my website at Hooked On Applique!

LOVE Pinwheel

Popsicle Pinwheel

Pinwheel Sandpale

3layer popsicle

Popsicle Small

Falling Stars

Ahoy Matey!

Ahoy Matey!

I am hooked on the Nautical theme right now! I just love the designs and colors! I listed a collection of cute Nautical themed designs recently after learning my Nephew’s room was Nautical themed. I created a collection of designs with him in mind! All the designs can be purchased from my website at Hooked On Applique. The designs are great for boys and girls, I made an adorable shirt for my daughter for Memorial Day with the nautical LOVE design from my site. Here are a few things I’ve created…..





Porthole Anchor