Using an Applique to Repair a Torn Bed Sheet
My husband wanted me to repair a torn bed sheet that looked as though it may have been damaged in the dryer. There were 2+ parallel tears approximately 4 inches long.
Admittedly, I could have just stitched them together and put a patch over the spot. However, I decided to make it a mini crafting opportunity. I made an appliqué template to make it a whimsical repair.
I searched the internet for a free whale pattern and found one (by Craftyville) that was originally intended to be used to make a toy. With the addition of a spout it was perfect.
Total Time: 1.5 hours
Yield: 1 applique patch
- fabric scraps for the appliqué
- Wonder Under double sided fusible interfacing
- cardboard box taken back out of the recycle bin
- printer, only if you don't draw the template yourself
- embroidery floss
- Lightly stitch the tears closed using a needle and thread or a zig zag stitch on your machine.
- Print out or draw template for whale, cut out.
- Draw the template for the spout, cut out.
- Trace the paper templates onto cardboard, or draw directly on cardboard. Cut out.
- Cut piece of fabric large enough for the whale and one for the spout. I used grey for the whale and blue for the spout.
- Cut pieces of Wonder Under slightly smaller than the fabric or the same size to prevent attaching it to your ironing surface.
- Follow the instructions for Wonder Under or similar product and iron it onto the wrong side of your fabric.
- Next trace the whale template onto the paper side of the fusible webbing. I turned the template over to get the directionality I wanted for my finished appliqué.
- Remove the paper backing and follow the instructions for applying the appliqué to the fabric, ironing it onto the sheet to cover the rip.
- Follow the same steps to create and apply the water spout.
- Finally I decided to work an embroidery back stitch, with coordinating thread around the edge of both the whale and the water spout.
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