Applying the Applique technique

Things you need:
1. Cloth (Base)
2. More scraps
3. Random stuff depend on what you want to sew

How to do it:
1. Sew pieces of cloth together using the zig zag function.

I don’t exactly have a lot of images on this one. BUT THIS HAS GOT TO BE MY FAVOURITE METHOD OUT OF ALL THAT WE’VE LEARNT SO FAR. Applique in simple words is just sewing cloths and bits together using the zig zag method?

I was initially so stuck with what to do cause I really did not want to do something simple. (AMBITIOUS ME) I wanted to straight up explore and do something crazy that at the same time will help me to gather some ideas for my final project.


After doing the normal “patchwork style” applique methods, I felt that the entire piece was just monotonous and lacking in depth. So I wanted to do something crazy, I looked up images of MONSTERS (my theme for the final project is monsters) and I found that the eyes of the monsters are pretty creepy. So I decided to explore with googling eyes because I thought why not make it cute! And this is a bittt far fetch but I thought my piece was a little Harajuku inspired? The wacky colours and array of textures really makes the entire pops!


Not as crazy as those Harajuku clothings but I’m getting a little crazy monster vibe from this one here! I thought the net/mesh has just enough holes to reveal the mini pom poms and googly eyes. Highlight: They make a sound everytime you shake it!


Which led me to this, I really wanted to make a top and instead of putting just eyes inside, I wanted to put bells. This will be something I will work on in the future, and I’m hoping on making a bolder colour scheme to make the Harajuku crazy monster image.4

Final Sample:

Felting is a love hate relationship.

Things you need:

  1. Felt (the shredded ones)
  2. Felting needles
  3. Stylofoam
  4. Hot water

How to do it:

  1. Wash the felt in hot water and soap.
  2. Massage the felt and blend the colours together. You can choose to add a bit more felt if you want.
  3. You can fold the felt to make forms at this point if you want.


I hate felting.

But the results is tooooo good for me to pass. During class, I just tried to make simple things like a ball and a tried to make a felt cloth thing.

This was the few samples Prof Galina showed us.

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Basically, hot water + soap + 5000 hrs of rubbing the felt together = amazeballs felt balls


One thing I learnt is that you really need the patience and effort to make what you want to make. My plans for this technique in my final project is for me to felt a hat/scarf and attach bells to it. I will be starting to work on this during my recess week cause a hat might be difficult.


I made this felting thingy thats like a chopstick holder because I thought chopstick holders are cool and unnecessary? 

I then experimented with making clothes, I tried to create textures by using marbles to weigh it down during the drying process.

I made this during class, during the ball making competition. Was thinking of making more eyeballs to make it into a headband or a brooch collection.

Yucky egg 🙂 

Here’s me working in a piece of cloth for a pouch. The design was inspired by Yayoi Kusama, the main inspiration for my final products. The circles gives off an eclectic monster vibe which is something I am realllyyyy digging. If I haven’t mention it enough Monsters is my theme 🙂

Final Sample:


Making a Material

Things you need:

  1. Sewing Machine
  2. Thread
  3. Water Soluble Paper (get this from Chinatown)
  4. Random bits and bobs to throw into the work (preferable sewable material)

How to do it:

  1. Cut a piece of water soluble paper. (it should be twice the size of the final product cause you need to fold it in half.
  2. (Optional) Cut strips of cloth, get some threads, throw onto the paper.
  3. Fold the paper in half.
  4. Pin the work together to prevent the bits from dropping everywhere.
  5. Sew in a criss-cross fashion to hold the bits and bobs.
  6. Wash the entire product in water. (Try not to wash it so much if you want to make it into a shape using a mould later on.)
  7.  Put into a mould of whatever you want to make a shape!

I made a video on how this works!

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My first time using a sewing machine. IT WAS CRAZY. The minute it went “ZBBBBBRRRRZZ” I died. But I manage to learn the bobbin thing, how to change the thread and how to sew different lines, I GOT ADDICTED.

In this method, we learnt how to make a whole new material out of scraps, water soluble cloth and sewing in a criss cross method!


I got to use the JUKI, get out VIKING. JUKI is bae.


This one I left it flat…



I have another one which I tried a mould.




Got tired of square designs so I tried a circular style!



This is what the final look like!
( Pictures to be inserted soon 🙂 )


I need more of the water soluble plastics! It is a very easy and fun way to see a new material being made. I foresee this as a good technique to introduce to factories where lots of scraps are being thrown out after every design is made. We can use those scraps and combine then to make tougher material for other things like bags to lampshades.

This method was slightly harder to incorporate into my idea of making pouches because of how many holes there were due to the criss cross nature of the method. How I countered this was to iron the fusing interface at the back of the material which helps to hold the entire structure and act as a inner lining for the pouch. I bought this pouch clasp thing from DAISO which was hard to use at first but at the second try I managed to fix it onto my design.

Heat Transfer Printing

Things you need:

  1. Baking Paper
  2. Iron
  3. Cloth (I used polyester satin)
  4. Heat Transfer Print Inks

After nearly burning my entire cloth cause I got scammed with fake baking paper, I manage to come up with a very getai-ish cloth design. If you have no idea what is getai. Here’s a photo.


Here at the initial stages of my surface design life, I was sooooo intrigued by the fact that we can do crazy designs I want so bent on creating my getai inspired designs. The whole obiang (tacky) but not really design.

So, using heat transfer printing I explored various designs on one single cloth. (Apart from the annoying burnt hole, I think this looks pretty sick)


This was my attempt at being obiang. I explored the filler method, painting and the crayola method, my favourite was the painting method cause it looks so crisp and machine made? So I had this sudden idea. Could I use this method to create an ARTWORK and not just a surface design piece? I wanted to explore something more compositional instead of just a pattern-like piece.


So I came up with this. I really love the crazy colours and textures! Took the opportunity to do it on a coloured polyester satin too!

I am pretty fond of this technique because of how easy it is to create designs but I think it can be a little limiting in terms of making surfaces/forms.

Same goes, I made a pouch for my final sample using this video. This was my third attempt at making pouches for final submission, and I would say at this point I have more understanding of the various techniques of sewing, and some terms like top stitch, right side up and more… I even added a fusing interlace I got from DAISO (BEST THING EVER) that helps to make the soft fabric more structured.