Some of my favorite pictures are found in children’s books. Their illustrations always make me think to myself, “Now wouldn’t this look so cute on fabric?”. That is exactly what you have here with Maude Asbury’s upcoming new collection, Sweet Dreams for Blend Fabrics. It will be hitting your favorite quilt and online shops any day now, so keep an eye out for it or ask your local quilt shop to stock it.
These sleepy woodland creatures look so charming all snuggled up together, and the soft colors would look so lovely in a baby nursery. Although I no longer have a baby nursery to decorate, I do have a little one! I chose the Jon and Janie Romper and Bubble pattern to show off this sweet fabric collection, plus I’m going to show you a simple appliqué tutorial to personalize your romper.
The Jon and Janie Romper and Bubble is definitely a favorite! It comes with a classic and quick to sew romper version, and an adorable bubble version, both short and long in sizes 0-3 years. It also includes a tutorial for turning it into a dress!
I threw in the Knot or Not Headband, without the knot in size small. It’s perfect for keeping my girl’s hair in place! It’s available in sizes newborn all the way through adult and can me whipped up in minutes.
I made my girl the short bubble version in size 18-24 months. Since she’s much taller than the height range for this size, I added length per the pattern’s instructions.
Simple Appliqué Tutorial
Now before assembling your bodice, you will want to add your appliqué. Go ahead and choose the image you want to appliqué to your bodice, or wherever you want to add some decoration. First, you will need double sided fusible web or paper-backed fusible web for appliqué. I used Pellon 805 (Wonder Under) for this simple applique tutorial, but there are other brands available that serve the same purpose. Cut your piece of fusible web larger than the image you want to appliqué, making sure there is plenty of space around your image.
Fuse your web to the wrong side of your fabric image per your fusible web’s instructions, making sure the paper side is facing you and the iron. I always use a pressing cloth when I’m applying any kind of fusible interfacing or web.
One of the issues I’ve found with Wonder Under is that the paper backing tends to “fall off” before you want it to, especially if it’s been sitting around for awhile. If you were drawing shapes on your paper for a more complex appliqué project, this would definitely be a problem, but for this project, that’s not an issue because I’m just cutting around my fabric image. This is why I simply peeled off my paper before cutting around my image. It’s not harming the fusible web doing it this way.
After peeling off the backing, I cut around my image, then fused it to my bodice per my fusible web’s instructions again, using my pressing cloth.
Now there are several different ways to sew around your appliqué, but here I’m using a simple zig zag stitch. Make sure to sew a few practice zig zag rows on scrap fabric to get the size and stitch length that you want. This really is just personal preference and there’s no rule other than you want it to look nice and keep your appliqué from fraying. My zig zag setting for this tutorial is a stitch width of 3.0 and length of 0.5. Jen likes a width of 3.0 to 3.5 and a stitch length of 0.3 or 0.5. You can also use a satin stitch that would look like a stitch width of 4.0 and length of 0.4, but again, play with a fabric scrap to get the look you want.
If this is your first time doing this, just go slowly when sewing around your appliqué. Your hand wheel is your friend! To begin, you will want to make sure that the outer needle placement of your zig zag stitch is at the outer edge of your appliqué, in your main fabric, and the inside zig zag is on your appliqué.
If you need to reposition your fabric piece while stitching, make sure to leave your needle in the down position so you don’t lose your place. This is very important when sewing around curves and corners. It’s also ok to sew one or two stitches at a time around curves and adjusting fabric in between. This will give you the cleanest look.
When sewing around an outer curve (like the outside of a circle), stop with your needle in the appliqué, then lift your presser foot and adjust your fabric to continue sewing around.
If you’re sewing in an inner curve (like the inside of a circle), stop with your needle at the outer edge of the appliqué, in the main fabric, lift your presser foot and adjust your fabric to continue sewing.
When sewing around an outside corner (like the point of a square), sew up to the corner, with your needle in the down position in the fabric, pivot your fabric and continue sewing.
When sewing around an inside corner (like the inner points of a star), sew to the inside corner and with your needle in the fabric, lift your presser foot and adjust your fabric to continue sewing.
When you’re done, don’t back stitch, just pull your threads to the back and tie them in a knot. It’s important to practice as you’ll get better once you know your machine and the stitch length/width you like best.
I have to admit I’ve gotten a little sloppy with the zig zags since I haven’t done them in awhile (and getting used to a new machine!), but those little hedgehogs make it all better with their cuteness!
I assembled the rest of my bubble romper and just look at how adorable it is?! The pink crescent moons and sleeping cuties look so peaceful, not to mention those tiny little cabins. They make me want to sit around a campfire and sing songs while roasting yummy smores!
The color palette is fairly mellow, but I just love the pop of gold. I loved it so much I decided to cover my snaps with it! The geometric print definitely gives this collection a fun spin and pairs well with the other prints.
The Sweet Dreams collection will be available in stores very soon in pink and blue colorways. You can find the Jon and Jane Romper and Bubble and Knot or Not Headband patterns now in Tie Dye Diva’s pattern shop. As always, we love seeing what you make too, so don’t forget to share in Tie Dye Diva’s Facebook group or follow us @tiedyediva on Instagram.