Craft hen do ideas

Posted on: November 6, 2013

house square

The most effective way you can personalise a piece on a patchwork is through the use of applique. The term applies to a shape or silhouette, usually in fabric or felt, which is then sewn or bonded onto a piece of patchwork or fabric.

Of course here at the Menders we like to make you work for your craft so sewing is our preferred medium but, to save time and the tiniest bit of effort, you can use a bonding paper which is ironed onto the applique and, in turn, ironed in place on the patch.


Alternatively, and far more impressively, you can sew the applique onto the fabric and, at our workshops, we insist on this. Ignoring some squeals from the audience, we can guarantee that there is great pride taken when the group learn one or two new stitches. Quite a step up from just sewing buttons on!


You’ll find templates in many good quilting books or, alternatively, you can make up your own. Just be sure to keep the outline as simple as possible without too many wispy outlines as you’ll be having to cut and, ultimately, sew round all the intricate angles of an over-complicated shape.

childrens party

I really like this bird outline which gives scope for all sorts of embroidery techniques if you feel so inclined.


On this little sample I used running stitch, back stitch and a french knot which are all within the scope of a beginner.


As you can tell, there’s no end to the creativity and even the most sewing-averse can try simple applique to impress from our craft hen parties to baby showers. Book your own moment in the spotlight with Makedomenders and we’ll supply all the materials and plenty of crafty hen do ideas.

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