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About Me: I am the creative person behind Ribbonwood Cottage. A mother, wife and grandmother. My goal in life is to leave a lasting legacy to my family that life is incredible. God gave us this one life and it is worth the journey! A believer. A pianist, church music and worship director. Focused on intentionally living the best life possible.

June 5, 2020

Tutorial-Ragged Edged Applique-Cherry pillow

Do you have something that just makes you happy?
Sewing kind of lights my rockets so to speak!

I want to share with you a technique I do that is very simple, and is wonderful for teaching younger kids to sew!
Pattern for these little quilts using this technique can be found here

Raw edged applique is sewing around your applique pattern piece a little less than 1/4 inch away from the edge. It of course can be more than this...but talk about easy! 
No turning under your fabric...which I actually enjoy traditional applique...but this is easy and fun.

 On the raggy roses if you sew more than 1/4 of an inch away from the edge it ruffles like a flower petal after it has been washed and dried. Which is exactly what you want.  The pieces are layered from large on the bottom to small on top to form a rose of sorts.
You sew the roses on the square, then when you finish your squares you sew them all together!
 Below is the finished picture. I love how this lap quilt turned out.
 Below is a table runner from my Etsy shop. I love it too. Love the reds, and the spring colors in the fabric.
 Next I did raw applique on felt for some Christmas pillows on our bed. I hated putting these away I just loved how they turned out. I didn't use a pattern, just scribbled out a design on paper of how I wanted them to look.  Scissors and fabric make me happy!
 This is the first ragged edge applique quilt I made.  I think the pattern was French Raggy or Ragged roses. I gave the pattern away so I don't have it anymore...but the pattern picture shows a quilt in pastel shabby fabrics. It is amazing looking.
You can type in raggy rose applique in Google Images and beautiful quilt pictures pop up!

I wanted to make something easy and quick for this tutorial and landed on cherries!
Something small and round for making a cherry pattern piece-Carmex lip balm container!
I drew around it a couple of times to make my pieces.
 Cut the circles out, then decided how big my little background piece was...just a few inches wide.
About 10 x 12 piece of fabric. As you can see I sewed around the cherry pieces...slowly to have more control. No sewing over fingers please! I have done that and it hurts! So pay attention.
Also you want to use thread the color of your pattern piece you are sewing down.
Next I cut two small pieces about 3 inches long of green rick rack for the cherry stems.
When you work with rick rack it frays on the ends so trim it before you sew it to have a clean edge.  Also it can bend by arching it as much as you want.
 Next I cut out a leaf...no pattern...just something that looked like a small leaf. It is easier to start bigger, so cut your leaf large then trim until you have the right size.

Next I cut a piece of thin batting to go behind the stitched piece...I used it to give the piece substance because I wanted to sew some buttons on the piece.

Layer your stitched piece onto the batting and then a larger piece behind it.
 I sewed little red buttons in each corner and attached it to a larger piece of red cotton.  Next I added a ragged edge ruffle to the piece...
 Once that was attached I put the stitched piece right sides together with the back piece, I pinned the ruffle down so it wouldn't get in my way while I was sewing. Nothing more frustrating then sewing the ruffle where it is all wadded up because you stitched it 'wonky' and you have to go back and take out part of your stitching!

Next I added a ribbon to the top of the cherry stems to finish off the look.

See more of my patterns that are available in my shop
Ribbonwood Cottage



Sister's said...

Awe! I know my sister would love this so I am putting my name in for this sweet pillow!
It's adorable!
Thanks for a great give-away!
Lisa (meme)
My sis & I also share a blog

Unknown said...

So cute! I am working on a pillow but not that cute,Thanks for sharing Joann

Terri said...

Beautiful, I love it! Thanks for the tutorial!

Ruffles and Relics said...

That is just adorable and I love the raggy roses I definately want to try this!!

Anonymous said...

I wish sewing made *me* happy!

But YOUR sewing makes me happy, Debbie and I would love to win this adorable pillow! Thanks for a chance. ♥

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I have never heard of this kind of applique. I love that quilt in the browns and golds...so pretty!
Happy Valentine's Day!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Debbie, I love this technique! Love the round flowers and I think i could do this too! Love your little cherries pillow top and I would love to have a chance to win it! You're very talented at your craft! I do love Pinterest and love everythiing you pin and I repin it! :)
Bea sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the Valentines Day 2012 giveaway for the super cute appliqued cherry pillow.
Thanks, Terri M.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi Debbie, I am so glad that you visited me because now I found you. Kindred spirits I think. Yes I have done the raw edge applique a few times. Isn't it fun? I have a Spring quilt with flowers and a stocking Christmas quilt I have done raw edged. I love your posies! So cute, and I love the kindof ski-whompus shape. The ones on my Spring quilt are just round. I have a cherry fetish. My kitchen becomes 'Cherryland'for the month of June. Loved your cute cherries! Your pillows are both darling also. You are a very talented gal! Have a wonderful day! I am now following you.

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing. I love those rose pillows. Saw you on Brassy Apple.

Anonymous said...

I am in love with your cherries pillow! So cute...if I don't get picked (pun intended!) I will have to sew my own. This is my first stop to your site but I will be back! Suzi

Anonymous said...

I love your cherries pillows. If I don't get picked ( pun intended!) I will have to sew it myself. This is my first visit to your site but I'll be back. Suzi pblapere@att.net

Anonymous said...

I would LOVE to win the super cute cherry applique pillow!
Thanks for the giveaway, Terri Mc

Lori said...

Wow that raggy rose quilt is perfect! Love your blog! So nice to be able to follow you on the new Linky tool. Stop by and follow back so we can stay connected. Lori

Debbie Kay said...

Oh Debbie, you NEVER cease to amamze me and delight me with your beautiful creations. I love it, thank you for sharing and thank you for the opportunity to win.

Love to you,

Debbie Kay

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Linked to you from Rednesday Day. Love your circle quilts and the cherry pillow is so adorable. Enjoyed your blog.

The Mayo Family said...

Oh hello I am Lori
Lisa (Meme) sister from twosisterscottage.blogspot.com
she is so sweet to me & knows me well...
YES, I love the sweet lil-cherrie pillow! :)
What a kind give-away...
I know this I love your kitchen & think I'd enjoy swapping some knick-knacks with you! :) Ha!
We share similar decorating likes & I see we both love the LORD!
Lori ( I am Mimi) :)

Anonymous said...

too late for us in another time zone but had to say how adorable that pillow is. If not too late, count me in.


heather @ new house, new home, new life said...

I've sent this link off to my BFF who is an avid quilter, but getting bored with the same old, same old. I'm sure she will be loving your cute quilt ideas.

Sewn With Grace said...

Hi Debbie! So glad you found me so I could find you!! I'm your newest follower of your blog and pinterest. You are one talented lady! I'm off to read your blog…

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

So cute with the rick rack as the stem!

I had a look at your etsy shop and you have so many cute things! Love the cottage style tablerunner.

Thanks for the tutorial too!

The Old Parsonage said...

The cherries are just too darn cute. Love the little tutorial!

Enjoy your weekend!

Stan and Jody Gabara said...

What beautiful work you did on these pillows. I wish I could sew like you...What talent you have...Hope you had a fun Valentine's Day and thank you for your comment on my blog. You are sooo sweet.

Love, Jody

Our Country Bungalow said...

These are wonderful! You create so many beautiful things. Your blog is a treat!

Anonymous said...

Oh I'm so happy that I get to be your valentine! Do you see me clapping? ;)