I think by now you all know that I LOVE to applique. Adding an applique is my favorite way of embellishing just about anything. When it comes to applique, I really struggle to come up with a design on my own. I can pick out fabrics to make appliques pop, I just can’t come up with the actual pieces to cut out of the fabric. So, I was very excited when I found an applique pdf package at the Snuggobums etsy shop.
Bonnie is the incredibly sweet lady that started this delightful shop. I love her shop for so many reasons, but most of all because it is incredibly fun! I’d like for you to get to know a little bit more about the lady behind this wonderful etsy shop. I am pleased to introduce Bonnie of Snuggobums!
Name and Location: Bonnie Buchanan – Lynden, Washington
Where did you get your etsy shop name from? “Snuggobums” is kind of a term that I use for anything super cute and snuggly and I MUST squeeze immediately. Like my kitties ^_^.
What inspired you to open your etsy shop? I had been operating my first Etsy shop, selling clothing, for a few years and had some success with it. I’d always enjoyed making my own patterns for plushies and other crafts as a hobby and decided to list some in my Etsy shop for fun. However, most of the listings for the patterns and plush were getting buried in my store amongst the clothing listings and not getting much attention, so to make a long story short, I decided to open up another Etsy shop just for my patterns and stuffies.
Apart from creating things, what do you like to do? I LOVE to travel. If money and time weren’t an issue I think I’d just spend a good chunk of my life wandering around the world, until all my curiosities were satisfied. I also like cooking, baking, being outdoors, wandering around thrift stores, reading, gardening and trying new things.
Is there any craft you don’t know how to do but wish you did? I’d really like to learn how to reupholster stuff. Right now I am attempting to reupholster kitchen chairs, but I’d love to be able to tackle a full couch someday.
Where would you most like to travel to? At the moment, I think Greece. Just the atmosphere and scenery and food and history of that place would make for a spectacular vacation I think. Although at this time of year I’d go anywhere with some sunshine and a beach to zone out on.
If you could meet anyone, past or present, who would you choose? Probably Jane Austen. She is my absolute favorite author and I’d love to have a cup of tea with her while she dazzles me with her witty observations and gossip about the neighbors.
What is your greatest accomplishment in life this far? I think just being able to do what I love and get paid for it. I opened my first Etsy store back when I was still in high school and it’s been exciting to see it evolve and grow over the years. Now I manage three Etsy stores and my clothing has been sold in a few boutiques in the U.S. and Europe. My favorite part of it all though, is hearing stories from customers about how something I created has brought them joy in some way. From someone using my patterns to make the perfect birthday present for a friend, to having a husband buy a panda hoodie for his pregnant wife to wear simply because she’d look “cute” in it. Running your own business can be frustrating and hard at times, but all those stories and kind words makes it all worth it.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? In 10 years from now I see myself having traveled a good chunk, and hopefully married with at least one kid. At this point I’m not sure if I plan to keep on pursuing my clothing/pattern business, or go down another career pathway, but as long as I am able to make a living using my head and my hands then I will consider myself very blessed ^_^.
Anyone or anything else you’d like to tell us about? Well, since you asked…I’ll do a little shameless promoting 😉 and give a shout out to my mom who just opened her first etsy store – www.nicentoasty.etsy.com. She knits and crochets lovely scarfs so if anyone is in need of something warm and snuggly to bundle up in, please check out her store ^_^!
I could not believe all of the amazing appliques in Bonnie’s pdf package. She gives a very accurate description of them- “these aren’t your grandma’s appliques”. That is incredibly true! The file contains 10 pages chocked full of incredible designs- skeletons, cupcakes, birds, clouds, robots, and more. Everything included is trendy, modern, and fun. I was already envisioning ideas for shirts that would be perfect in Raileigh’s wardrobe.
Of course, I had to contact Bonnie to see if she was interested in having her shop and the applique patterns featured on Wee Share. It wasn’t long before she said “yes” and the applique patterns were waiting for me in my email. I instantly opened the file to see all the fun that awaited me. Not only does the pdf contain 10 pages of patterns, but also an idea picture to go along with each set of appliques. It’s perfect to get your creative juices flowing!
When I print applique patterns from the computer, I always use freezer paper. Freezer paper can be purchased at grocery stores and is stocked by the aluminum foil. It comes in a roll, so you will have to cut a piece into an 8 1/2″ x 11″ size to feed through your printer. Make sure that you do not print on the waxy side- that will make a HUGE mess! Now, you can choose not to use freezer paper, but I think it adds an extra step in your applique process. Then, you will have to print the applique patterns on regular paper and trace them on to your fabric. If your applique is detailed, this will be very hard to do.
Next, I prepared my fabric to become an applique. The process is one that I have tested and tweaked over time. If you google “how to applique”, you will find many tutorials on the process. I don’t think that it is hard to do, you just have to know how. That is one of the spectacular things about the internet- you can learn how to do anything you would like to.
The first item I created from Bonnie’s applique templates was a shirt for Raileigh. I decided to use some cloud and star templates. I always like to sew the edges of my appliques done to reinforce them. So, I laid out all of my design pieces to get an idea of what goes where. Then, I carefully used an iron to adhere the first piece to the shirt. I used a coordinating thread to stitch around the edges. I did this for each of the subsequent pieces.
It is important to know where each piece goes before you start attaching the applique to the shirt. For example, the edge of the lightning needs to go under the cloud. If I had added the cloud first, the lightning would have been unable to fit under the cloud as I desired it to. So, be very careful that you know how everything layers together because once a piece is attached, it is not coming back off.
Raileigh wore her shirt to my sister’s surprise birthday party. She got several comments on how cute the design was. It made me feel great that I had been able to create something so visually appealing from Bonnie’s templates. Of course, Raileigh did manage to get purple ink, green highlighter, and pizza sauce on her shirt that night. Luckily, they all came out in the wash!
Next, I decided that I would use the applique templates to embellish a snack bag. I had some cupcake fabric that had been sitting in my stash for a while. I decided to pair it with Bonnie’s cupcake applique template. This applique is only 3 pieces, so it was fairly easy to create. I stitched it on to the cupcake fabric, and got to work creating my snack bag.
It wasn’t long before I realized that I had attached the cupcake to the wrong section of the fabric. If I created the snack bag as I was supposed to, the cupcake would be upside down. Well, I have racked my brain and can’t figure out how to fix this. So, the snack bag is sitting there until I figure out what else I can turn it in to.
The great thing about these applique patterns is there are so many options. Just by using different fabrics, you can create an entirely different look. Plus, there are several different ways to attach your applique to it’s surface. You can use a strong bonding agent and simply iron your appliques in place with no stitching, you can machine stitch around the edges, or you can hand stitch the applique. Plus, Bonnie offers many ways to change up each applique. For example, you can choose to top the cupcake with a star, a candle, a cherry, or something else that you come up with.
If you aren’t in to fabric appliques, that’s okay. These applique patterns can also be cut out and used as stencils. I would love to try this out as I think it would be a nice change of pace. Additionally, you could also mix the two mediums. You could use the bird design to create some fabric birds and use the tree applique as a stencil. I think a mixed medium design would look really great!
In addition to the applique patterns, Bonnie’s shop as a lot of other fun patterns to try out. She has several plushie patterns and all are incredibly cute. I would love to make a mobile from the mini bird plushies! Plus, Bonnie also has a few stuffies that are already made for sale. She also has an incredibly cute messenger bag pattern for sale. It would match the shirt I made Raileigh perfectly!
If you are looking at all the wonderful things in Bonnie’s shop, but you just don’t think you have the time or energy to create them, then head over to her other two shops- aprikot clothing and mini forest. Aprikot features Bonnie’s designs already made- no crafting by you required. Her designs are incredibly modern, in a really fun and edgy way. I don’t know if I could pull off a dino spike hoodie, but Raileigh would look amazing in one! At mini forest, Bonnie brings our forest friends to life on a small scale. The little creations are unique and adorable. They would love to come home with you!
I am incredibly excited to tell you that Bonnie has agreed to do a giveaway here at Wee Share! One lucky reader is going to seem the same applique pdf package that I was sent for review from Snuggobums. I know that you are going to love it. Thank you, Bonnie!
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Giveaway will end at 11:59 EST on February 28, 2010. Open WORLDWIDE, so everyone can enter!. Winners will be chosen using a random number generator. Winners will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond before I choose a new winner.