Monday, May 26, 2008

A Little Embellishment (the easy way)

One of my sewing goals is to incorporate embellishments - just cause I like them so much!

Sometimes, I can get hung up on doing everything myself. I'm working on a beaded project right now that's taking forever because I'm doing it by hand.

But, there are times when something premade works really, really well.

Case in point. I normally walk by embroidered appliqués because I don't really like how they look. But, I found these really cute embroidered and beaded iron-on appliqués. What I like about them is that they are not fully embroidered, bulky pieces. They are embroidered on the outline only, with beads added in.

I used them to take an ordinary, plain-jane pair of denim shorts I made for my daughter and dress them up very nicely.

The flowers were all separate. I laid them out, then ironed them on per the instructions. Since I don't really trust iron ons to stay ironed on, I used clear thread to tack around the edges.

And here's a close up of the flowers:

These flowers came 7 to a pack from WalMart, and only cost a few dollars. Cool ay?


Gwen said...

Very cute! I bet your daughter loves them! I really like the way you laid them out. :)

Audrey said...

I like those appliques and the way they are sheer on the petals. Very pretty on the shorts and they will coordinate with tops in the same colors. I am a fan of Walmart's fabric department, but not all the stores in our area have them.