Snowman or Turkey Applique

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to be guest blogging over here at So Sew Easy for the Seasonal Sewing Series. I am Stephanie from The TipToe Fairy.  I blog about sewing, baking, book reviews, and general crafty stuff. I love to sew, especially for them. It's also my creative outlet.  One of my favorite things to sew is machine applique.  I love to draw out images and create them in applique.

Today, I've brought you two fun little appliques that you can make from one basic pattern.  You can have Thanksgiving and Christmas covered with both.


Turkey & Snowman Applique Tutorial


Several scraps of fabric including white, black, brown, red, orange, plus feather and scarf scraps

Heat n Bond Lite – Lite will not gum up your needle.

Microtex Sharp sewing machine needles – Schmetz – 80/12 or 70/10

Thread to match as closely to colors of fabric

Stabilizer – I like perforated stabilizer  but there is tearaway.  Paper towels are great, too!

Click here to find full size pattern to print.

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1. Stabilizer, stabilizer, stabilizer. This will make or break your applique. If you attempt to applique without a stabilizer you will be extremely frustrated with the puckers, sewing, and skipping of stitches. Paper towels are the easiest thing you can use, and they work great. I have found I prefer the Walmart brand Great Value double roll paper towels — it takes only one layer to be a good stabilizer.


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2. Try to match your thread as closely as possible. Sometimes you can go a shade darker because it actually looks lighter once the thread is in the applique. If you use a completely different color thread, it is more likely to show flaws and look home sewn.

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3. Microtex Sharps needles. These can be found at Joann's and Hancocks. I use them for all my appliques. I've found the 70/10 work best if I'm appliqueing onto a light woven fabric, and 80/12 is good for knits or fleeces.

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4.  Another must have is a clear presser foot so you can see what you're doing.  If you use an all metal food, it makes it very difficult to see what's coming up as you applique.

5. Machine settings – I set my machine to zigzag with a stitch width of 2 and a length of about 0.4. You want a nice thin zigzag. If you use a wide zigzag, it can show flaws and look wonky. I have a Bernina sewing machine, so you might need to tweak these settings just a tad for other brands of sewing machines.

6.  Go fast around curves.  This sounds completely counter intuitive, but it's true.  The faster you go around curves, the smoother and nicer they look.


1. Iron Heat n Bond Lite to the backs of your fabrics.

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2. Keep the paper backing on the fabrics from the Heat n Bond, and then trace your designs on the backs of each fabric.

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3. Cut out your designs, remove the paper backing and place on the clothing and lay them out to get your best placement.

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4. Make sure you like how they look before you iron.  Then, iron the appliques into place. Just set the iron on each section, do not move the iron as you applique or can move your designs. Also if your iron is dirty, use an iron clothing like a lightweight towel to cover the appliques so you don’t ruin them.

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5. Place your stabilizer behind the applique and set your machine up to applique.

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6. You will sew the appliques in a series of what will be covered by another zigzag stitch.  For example, on the snowman, you will start first with the arms, then applique the body, then the scarf and carrot nose, and finally the buttons and hat.  At the end of your very last applique stitch line (this would be on the bow), do 1 backstitch, no more is necessary.

7.  For the turkey, you will add a yellow applique square of stitches right above the hat brim for the “pilgrim hat” look.

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8.  For the eyes, there are a few things you can do.  I just turn the applique sideways, lengthen the stitch to 3 and sew a short zigzag at each eye.  Other options are hand sewing a satin stitch or adding googly eyes or even sewing tiny black buttons.

 And that's it! You're done!

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66 Responses to Snowman or Turkey Applique

  1. Kathleen Lambert says:

    Really cute. Would use on clothing for 3 year old grand daughter. Thanks for the chance with this give away

  2. Cecilia says:

    I would use them on shirts for my granddaughters.

  3. Tabitha Klucking says:

    They’d be so cute for a holiday table runner!

  4. mamalusco says:

    These would make cute tea towel embellishments. Thanks!

  5. shannonsfun says:

    On a sweatshirt.

  6. Diane says:

    I would use these for some holiday pillows. Thanks!

  7. Melissa says:

    So cute on my newborn’s 1st thanksgiving and 1st winter and Christmas shirts and pants!

  8. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    I think these would be cute on a pillow for decoration.

  9. debbie jackson says:

    i would do potholders pin as jacksondeb

  10. Cindy says:

    I love these appliquess. I’m going to make one for my Grandson’s first Christmas. Thank you for posting.

  11. cheryl says:

    Wish you could do a few tutorials on video for the harder projects. Thanks

    • Deby Coles says:

      I will certainly be doing more video tutorials for my sewing patterns in the New Year Cheryl, but perhaps some of my guest bloggers are shy! And making a video and editing it, uploading etc does take a lot of extra time. I’m also a video type of learner so I understand why you like it. It was interesting in my readers survey that I carried out earlier this year, when I asked if readers wanted a video or photo tutorial, almost every one said they preferred photos. I was surprised too. If I get time, I’ll try to do both video and photos if the projects permit in the future.

  12. Gloria says:

    on an apron

  13. Sallie says:

    As a small banner hanging.

  14. Barbara Norton says:

    Awesome appliques!! Would look great on quilt blocks too! Thank you!!

  15. Shannon says:

    These are so cute. I almost I would wear this applique if it were placed properly, like in the lower corner of a shirt instead of something big on the chest.

  16. Lydia Varona Trainor says:

    I would make Christmas stockings & add the applique

  17. Mandie Marie says:

    so cute. What’s the stabilizer all about? I know it talks about it but I don’t get it. Is it supposed to be like interfacing? Paper towels? AHHHH I’m confused. I usually iron interfacing to things that need to be stabilized.

    • Deby Coles says:

      I’ve never done any applique yet myself, but I believe it just helps to keep things a little stiffer during the sewing and stops things bunching up. If you look behind any of the embroidery you have on any polo shirts etc, they all will have a stabiliser behind to give the close stitching something extra to hold onto.

  18. I would use them for some Christmas gifts: sweatshirts and kitchen towels.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. Lori Smanski says:

    these are adorable, thanks for the pattern. I don’t have little ones around anymore, but I have been on a table runner kick lately and these would be so cute. Thanks for a chance.

  20. Laurie P. says:

    I would make Christmas shirts for a friends twins…so cute!

  21. LauraK says:

    I’m working on a wall quilt that I appliqued flowers on. It was the second thing I’ve appliqued and it looks really nice. Can’t wait to finish quilting it!

  22. mickey louth says:

    Would be sweet to have all the grandkids in matching shirts during the holidays!

  23. Jean says:

    Good, clear instructions.

  24. Ashley says:

    I would probably use them to make something cute for my 5 month old.

  25. I have several little granddaughters. I tshirt would be perfect for them! thanks for the chance!

  26. Katherine says:

    Putting them on a grocery tote for the holidays

  27. Trinithy says:

    Incredibly cute appliques! I’ve done designs like these on jersey tees and then attached skirts to make the cutest dresses for my daughter.

  28. Julie says:

    I think these would be darling on holiday aprons. I have nieces and nephews that love to help out in the kitchen with holiday baking and clean up!

  29. Barbara Lima says:

    On a sweat shirt

  30. calipidgious says:

    I think on some fun kitchen towels!

  31. VickiT says:

    Those are super cute. I have 3 grandchildren each of these would be adorable on some holiday shirts for them. For the Granddaughters, they’d even be cute on some little skirts

  32. Joyce Mosby says:

    I love snowmen! I will have to try this.

  33. Jacklynn Grimm says:

    I like the snowman applique, and I would use it on some gift bags. Thanks for the give away!

  34. Karen A says:

    These appliques would make cute shirts for some littles that my friends have. My kids are all grown up.

  35. Kelly Tuttle says:

    I have 3 children, 4, 2 & 1, with one on the way, so I think I see some kid t-shirts for Thanksgiving & Christmas in my future. 🙂

  36. Heidi Teachout says:

    In the state of our economy, I think your generosity to help people to find such an enjoyable , lasting past time is fantastic. Thank you so much.

  37. charlotte l says:

    Love the turkey and snow man! Thanks

  38. DJ says:

    Very cute! My niece would look adorable in one of these!

  39. Mimi O says:

    I would use these patterns for some fun holiday pillows. The project is fairly easy and would work great for accent pillows. As for the future, I hope to have some grand-kids some day and these appliques work out wonderfully on apparel for children.

  40. Becky R says:

    I just started my very first applique project yesterday (not done yet). I’m into mug rugs right now and these would be so cute in a mug rug!

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