This flower applique pattern is part of the tutorials of the “Secret Garden” Quilt Blanket, but it is not limited to this application. You may adapt the pattern to do other craft, for example, stencil, 3D flower, etc.
As I have promised before, once I have done my daughter’s “Secret Garden” quilt blanket, I will post all the details here to share.
Without a doubt, this blanket took a lot of preparations, from idea to paper, to blanket, and now to tutorial & pattern sharing.
Due to it’s intricacy design that involved a lot of appliques, I have to share the detail part by part when necessary.
In this tutorial, I also included the trapunto method to make the appliqued flowers “pop up”. Coming up next will be the other applique patterns for butterfly, ladybug, snails, songbirds, tree, sun & font of Secret Garden etc…. so please stay tuned.
Flower Applique Pattern
[Update] For Secret Garden Quilt: Download and print the complete ready-to-stick-on applique fusible web pattern in mirror image here:
1. Small Flowers, print 8 copies.
2. Medium and Large Flowers, print 2 copies.
3. Leaves, print 1 copy.
4. Stems, print 1 copy.
Refer to this method for fast and easy way to make huge amount of fabric applique.
Tools & Materials
1. Applique patterns (printed or traced on paper)
2. Applique fusible web (I used Steam-A-Seam)
3. Scrap fabrics
4. Base fabric (to place your applique on)
7. Printer and papers (letter size)
Remark: Follow the instruction of the applique fusible web you are using.
Refer to this method for a fast and easy way to make huge amount of fabric applique.
Or, use your favorite method to cut out iron-on fusible applique pieces.
You may also use this flower pattern to make your favorite applique type, for example, needle turn applique.
Make a small mark on the base fabric where you wish to place the flower on.
Peel off the fusible web backing paper of the chosen flower stem pattern, stick on the base fabric.
Follow by the flower’s petals surrounding the marking. Make sure the base corner of the petals is just touching each other but not overlapping.
Then stick the circle to the center of the flower.
Repeat the process to position and stick the stems and flowers, then, complete the flowers with leaves.
Set the iron to medium heat, press on the appliques for about 2-3 second. Lift up the iron as your press part by part, don’t stroke your iron across the appliques which are not securely fused on the base fabric.
Stitch around the raw edges, I used a straight stitch and sewed 3 rounds of them to make the stitch lines bolder.
You may use a zig-zag stitch, blanket stitch or other decorative stitches which are suitable for this applique.
Repeat the same to the stem and leaves.
Since I am making this flower applique for my daughter’s “Secret Garden” blanket which is a trapunto quilt, I layered the bottom of the applique with high loft batting followed by sewing 3 rounds around the raw edges.
This picture shows the back of the sewing work of the single flower without the stem. I didn’t layer batting on the stems as they are too thin to get the “pop up” effect.
Do the same to the leaves if you want to “pop up” the leaves too.
Trim the extra batting away with small sharp point scissors, just slightly outside the stitch lines.
The picture below shows the finished flower applique with trapunto quilting, aka part of the “Secret Garden” Quilt Blanket.
Read more on Trapunto Quilt method, here.