Kristin Rutten

Dress Up Your Matilda's Closet Caddy with Applique

Dress up your Matilda’s Closet Caddy with this quick and easy no-sew applique technique!



Dress Up Your Matilda’s Closet Caddy

Tools Needed

• Sharp scissors
• Iron & ironing board


Supplies Needed

• Fabric
• No-sew iron-on adhesive (such as Heat n’ Bond UltraHold)




Instructions

This tutorial will explain how to add no-sew applique embellishments to our Matilda’s Closet Caddy PVC project, available from Pixie Faire.

1. In addition to the fabrics used in the Matilda’s Closet Caddy construction, choose a fabric to use for your appliques. The best choices have fairly simple, easy to cut-out images that do not overlap, such as those shown here.

Dress Up Your Matilda's Closet Caddy with No-Sew Applique

2. Following manufacturer’s instructions, apply no-sew iron-on adhesive to the wrong side of your applique fabric.

Dress Up Your Matilda's Closet Caddy with No-Sew Applique

3. Using very sharp scissors, cut out the images you wish to use for your applique. For best results, try leaving a thin border around your entire image, rather than cutting directly on the edge of your image.

Dress Up Your Matilda's Closet Caddy with No-Sew Applique

4. Peel the paper backing from your applique images and position the images on the right side of the fabric pieces where you want the appliques to appear. In our example, we added the elephant appliques to both LONG SIDE and SHORT SIDE pieces (main fabric only, not the lining) of our Closet Caddy.

TIP: Try using a clear quilting ruler to help with placement, keeping in mind the 1/4-inch seam allowance on all sides.

Dress Up Your Matilda's Closet Caddy with No-Sew Applique

5. Following manufacturer’s instructions, adhere your images to your fabric with your iron. Allow to cool before proceeding. (Because you are using no-sew adhesive, there is no need to stitch the appliques to the fabric!)

Dress Up Your Matilda's Closet Caddy with No-Sew Applique

6. Follow the Matilda’s Closet Caddy assembly instructions as written. When it is time to attach the LONG SIDE and SHORT SIDE pieces to the BOTTOM (Steps 24-28), make sure your applique images are oriented in the correct direction, as shown here.

Dress Up Your Matilda's Closet Caddy with No-Sew Applique


That’s all there is to it! Have fun embellishing your Closet Caddy!


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Need some hangers to use with your Closet Caddy? Find them in our shop!


Wooden doll-sized hangers with and without clips

Matilda’s Closet and AptOne8 are not affiliated with American Girl® or Mattel®. No endorsement is implied.

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About Kristin Rutten

Kristin Rutten is the creator, owner and operator of Matilda Jo Originals. Born and raised in Montana, she first learned to sew on her grandmother’s antique Singer sewing machine by cutting out and stitching a simple nine-square pillow. Other projects soon followed and she has been crafting and sewing ever since. In addition to sewing and pattern design, she also enjoys crocheting, scrapbooking and designing WordPress websites. She makes her home in Central Montana with her husband and four children, ages 8 to 21.

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