Garden Bugs Applique Patterns

bug applique pattern
Spent a few hours working late at night in my sewing room to come out with a few appliques designs on onesies (or onsies?) for my 7 month-old godson, just in time for him to pack and take home after a long holiday with his mom here. These garden bug applique patterns were built from some simple symmetrical shapes of ovals and circles. With some fabric scraps, fusible web, and embroidery flosses etc on hand, you should be able to finish them in an hour or 2.

The Garden Bugs Applique patterns consist of  Bumble Bee, Lady Bug and Caterpillar. Get the tutorial of doing these “patch-on” garden bug appliques and also the how-to for the quick way after this jump.
I wanted to come out with a hand applique tutorial ever since I made the applique pajamas for my son…. 2 years ago. What? Already 2 years!!!! My once cuddly little baby, the crawling and walking toddler suddenly turns into an energetic young little boy that never stop running and climbing whose trying to show his mom (me!) a few heart-attack-trigger & hair-raising stunts. Sometimes, I really miss those days where he could sleeps up to 12 hours at night plus 2 – 3 long naps at daytime, what a peaceful day with no shouting, no screaming, no yelling, no fighting…. sigh! See, I really missed those days!

bumble bee applique pattern

There are a few ways of doing hand applique, either by traditional needle turn sewing (edge hemming) or modern fuse/stick on then embroidery the edges, all it means is to attach patches of fabrics onto a garment surface to form the embellished pattern you want. The time needed to complete an applique depends on how complicated the pattern is. Running out of time or too lazy to prepare patch by patch? there is also a quick way to do applique by using ready prints on fabric (as shown in the last 2 pictures below). Besides the normal patch-on applique, you can do applique in the reverse way, click here to go to the reverse applique tutorial.

garden bugs applique patterns

{CLICK HERE to get the Garden Bugs Applique Patterns.}

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  1. hi, love them so much.. so cute. will definitely try to make these set for my baby.
    i wonder what type of stitch do u use on the little cicrle for the catterpillar legs?

  2. Hi,

    Love all the crafts you made. love this one as well. by the way,may i know where can i buy the Fusible web ? Thank you and keep up the good work. 🙂

  3. Thank you for reply….. 🙂
    I live in kl…
    Is it possible if we left out the fusible web ?

    • Yes, you can do without the fusible web, just secure the position with pins when sewing. Fusible web is indeed making the job easier especially on knitted / stretchy fabric.

  4. Maravilloso tutorial como siempre.
    Los appliques son lindos!!!
    Muchas gracias.

    Spanish to English translation (by Google):
    Wonderful tutorial as always.
    The appliques are cute!
    Thank you very much.

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  6. Thank you so very much for this adorable creation and excellent tutorial. I’ve been searching all morning for a simple bumble bee pattern and this is perfect! ~karen

  7. These are adorable! Have they held up to use? I tried doing some small applique on a wallet (you can see it here about a year ago, and the fabric on one side of the rhino’s head has come loose from the stitches. 🙁 Do you know how I can keep this from happening on future projects? I’d like to try making some gifts like these onesies for my little niece, but I’m afraid my applique will come off again.

    • Mine still bond tight to the onesie even after machine wash. Even the pajamas I did for my son still in good condition. I am not sure why but it is should be related the type of heat-n-bond fusible web, the applique fabric and the stitches on the edges.
      Hope this help.

  8. Oh wow, I’m so trying these for the next baby gift!

  9. I went looking for onesie applique ideas and came across this post. Thanks so much for sharing your pattern and ideas! These are adorable! I’m planning to make some baby gifts and I love giving them these little handmade touches. I haven’t done any embroidery in a long time, but this looks simple enough for me to handle! 🙂

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  12. Great tutorial! I was wondering how this was done and your tutorial is very detailed! Thanks for sharing. I have one question, is there anything that goes through the inside of the shirt so that the stitching doesn’t show?
    Thanks again!

  13. I love, love, love your site, blog, and detailed tutorials!!! Thank you for sharing your brilliant ideas! What size embroidery needles do you use/recommend?

  14. May i know where i cn find other paterns for applique.. Btw where is the shop in penang u r telling about..?? Im in penang too

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