April 20, 2009

Baby Animal Faces - New Design

I've just finished a new machine embroidery applique set, Baby Animal Faces. The designs match my popular Baby Wrist Rattles Set.

I created cute little 'peek-a-boo' boxes to hold folded side snap shirts (newborn 0-3) embroidered with my designs.
I cut these on my Cricut Expression. You can download the .scut files & a PDF with instructions here.

Another idea is to fold the shirts and put them inside of little baby bottles!

I got the bottles ('the first years Soothie') @ WalMart.
Fold the shirts so the faces show nicely & pop them inside. Tie a cute ribbon around the tops and they're so cute!

I added a cute ruffle to the bottom of one of the shirts to match the 'Baby Girl' applique design.

Here's how I did the ruffle for a side snap shirt:
Measure around the shirt and add at least 1/2 of the length to the measurement. Cut a 4" wide strip to this length. You will have to piece it.
Fold the strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press.
Fold the ends to the inside and press.
Run a basting stitch along the long raw edge. Gather up edge to the approximate length of the bottom measurement of the shirt.

Cut another strip that is 1 1/2" wide the length of the measurement around the bottom of the shirt + 1". Fold the strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press.
Fold each end in 1/2" and press.
Sew the strip to the ruffle. Have the right side of the strip against the back of the ruffle:

The fold on the strip is even with the edge of the ruffle.
Next fold the strip to the front side of the ruffle. The pressed center fold mark is at the top:

Fold the raw edge under & press & pin

Pin the ruffle to the bottom edge of the shirt. I placed it along the stitching line on the shirt.

Sew close to both edges and you're done!


  1. Love your blog... I just got a cricut so I am not quite sure how to use it all yet. I saw your instructions for this and it said if I have a cricut or SCAL - what is a SCAL? Thanks! Any good websites on how to use your cricut for applique. Love your crafts... heidi heidshosh@aol.com

  2. Thanks Heidi.
    SCAL - Sure Cuts ALot - is a program that you can use with your Cricut to cut anything you want. You aren't limited to only the cartridges they sell.
    The files I have included in the download work with the cricut & SCAL program.

    I want to try cutting fabric with my Cricut soon. I have a project in mind, I just need the time.
    I do know that you have to iron Heat & Bond or something similiar onto the back of the fabric before you cut it.