I have a fun modern applique pattern for you! I thought my sewing machine applique was the cutest one I’ll ever make, but I take that back. Now I think this texty typewriter applique is the cutest one I’ll ever do.
I stitched it onto a new Rope Handled Tote (free pattern here) that I sewed using faux leather on the bottom and taupe canvas on the top. The black on the bottom makes a perfect little ‘surface’ to rest the typewriter on.
To make this applique even more easy and fun, I designed it to work with HeatnBond EZ print sheets from Thermoweb. Simply place one EZ Print sheet into your inkjet (not laser) printer and print page 2 from the free pattern. Then repeat and print page 3.
Tip: I found it helpful to only put one EZ Print sheet in my printer at a time. When I put two in there, they stuck together.
Start the applique when you have reached this point in the Rope Handled Tote pattern. My exterior pieces are sewn together and topstitched. The corners and curve have been cut out.
Cut around the applique pieces. Fuse them to the backs of the applique fabrics. Then cut along the lines.
Arrange the typewriter pieces on your bag exterior. Don’t worry about the keys, you’ll make those last.
Remove the paper from the back of the applique pieces and fuse the largest piece to the bag first. Since my bag bottom is vinyl and can’t touch the iron, I used a Super Stik glue stick (also from Thermoweb) to glue the lower portion of my typewriter to the vinyl. It worked perfectly.
Fuse the remaining applique pieces to the bag and then stitch around them.
To make the typewriter keys, cut letters out from texty fabric. The adorable fabric I used is called Word Play Big Words from Benartex. It has cute phrases that I used for my keys.
Again, the Super Stik came in very handy to attach the letters to the typewriter.
I used my free motion quilting foot to stitch each little circle to the typewriter with squiggly lines in between.
Finish your tote according to the instructions… and have lots of fun telling people they can’t buy it!
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