Free Motion Applique using a Digital Stamp

flamingo fma using digital stamp

When I saw the digital stamp that Deb‘s friend Elena of Just Me Prints created especially for our tour, I fell in love. It’s so cute! So I just had to buy it!

just me digital stamp

Problem is though that I don’t really make cards.

So I decided to attempt to turn it into a free motion appliqué!

As you can see I forgot to flip the image before printing it out so my flamingo is pointing in the opposite direction.. Oops #1!

Oops #2: I can’t find the picture I took of how I traced out all the pieces. Basically though I traced out each item separately and extended the edges slightly so that pieces would overlap. I traced the outer edge of the flamingo and girl as one piece on a white fabric (helps with placement) and then traced the flamingo separately onto the floral, and did the same with the rest of the parts of the girl. (In case you’ve never done FMA before, you trace the shapes onto a fusible adhesive like Heat n Bond).

flamingo fma using digital stamp
Just doing all the tracing, fusing and cutting out of pieces took me an hour!

Oops #3: Normally you’re supposed to stitch down each element before fusing on a piece over top of it. So I did all my stitching at the end when at the very least I should have stitched the flamingo body onto the background before adding the water and other elements over top.

flamingo fma using digital stamp
Before I decided it needed a few extra touches

Oops #5: I forgot that her face would be tiny and impossible to stitch on machine. I think I will take out the stitches and try my luck at handstitching her face.

flamingo fma using digital stamp
Miss V was super excited about the flamingo. AND have to say I like the extra detail stitches I added.

Well, I really like how she turned out! (Other than the face…) I’ve been debating the last few days about what I was going to do with her and my husband had a great idea! Make a quilt!! I have to make a lot more appliqué pieces now though and when I have enough I will put it together.

It’ll be awhile…. But I didn’t want to applique it to a dress for one of my girls and have them outgrow the dress in a week.

So now I’m off to check out Just Me Prints‘ shop to see if there’s another digital stamp that I want to try to FMA-ize!

flamingo fma using digital stamp

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