How To Create A Sweet Applique Using Picmonkey

2 Apr



Today I would like to show you how I use PicMonkey to create beautiful appliques for my personalized baby quilts and many other projects!  Why use PicMonkey?  If you are like me and live in the stone age with no fancy crafting tools like a Silhouette Cameo, this is a great option.  PicMonkey has a lot of simple shapes and great fonts and it’s easy to play around with the sizes and get your design exactly the way you want it.  Also I like this method because I can make sure that the letters are the perfect size to fit inside the design.  I’m sure there are many ways to create templates or designs for your applique, this is just how I like to do it!

What can you use this for?  There are so many things you could personalize, blankets, onesies, skirts, shirts, banners, bags or backpacks, framed art, I don’t know, take your pick!

Start by going to PicMonkey and click on “Edit A Photo”  Choose any photo, it doesn’t matter because we are going to put an overlay right on top of it.  Click on the overlay tab on the left side – it is the button that has the little shapes, fifth from the top.



Click on the geometric overlay and select the rectangle, the first one.  Expand it to go over top of your picture and click on the white color to turn it into a blank canvas.



Next, staying in the overlay section, click on the “labels” tab.  You can select whatever you like, the non-royale labels have the simplest lines which are best for applique designs.  Here is what I chose:



Now you can add a word to your design, or whatever you like to your design.  Select the text button on the left side (the “P” button) As I mentioned, I use this particular applique design for a personalized baby quilt that I sell in my Etsy Shop.  Expand or turn your word to make it fit exactly the way you like in your design.  I would advise against using fonts that are too complicated (probably like the one that I have used) because they are more difficult to cut out.



Save your design and print it.  When you print your applique template, you can usually select the size that you want it to print at that time.  Take some heat n bond and press it to the back side of a piece of fabric for your main (outer) shape.  Cut out your outer shape and pin it to the fabric and cut the shape out.



Next cut your letters out of the design.  Again take the fabric that you are going to use for the letters and apply some heat n bond to the back of it.  When you apply the heat n bond first it makes it much easier to cut out your design, it’s more like cutting paper than fabric.  This let’s you get more detail and exact cuts.  Pin the letters to the fabric and cut out each one.  You will notice I cut the paper around the letters, then pinned it to the fabric and cut out the exact design.  This will give you more space to pin the letter to the fabric.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPeel off the backing of the heat n bond and arrange the letters on your main design.  Press them in to place when they are exactly where you want them.  At this point you would stitch around the lettering with a tight zig-zag stitch.  I used a heat n bond ultra for my letters which doesn’t require stitching.  Next peel the backing off of your main applique piece and place it where you would like it to go on your quilt/shirt/onesie – whatever project you are decorating! Iron it in to place and use a tight zig zag stitch around the outer edge.


I think it looks beautiful! What a great way to personalize your project.


Here is a design that I am working on for another project, it is quite a bit more complicated.  I will let you know how it turns out!


Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have enjoyed this little tutorial!




13 Responses to “How To Create A Sweet Applique Using Picmonkey”

  1. Tara April 2, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

    This looks like something I need to try–thanks for the tutorial. So glad I found your blog–lots of cute things! You now have a new stalker, i mean follower-LOL!!

  2. Happy Hour Projects (@HappyHrProjects) April 3, 2013 at 6:43 am #

    What a sweet idea! You definitely don’t need fancy tools to do a lot of things, but finding templates and stencils can be hard sometimes, this is a really innovative solution!!

  3. Danni@SiloHillFarm April 3, 2013 at 7:01 am #

    Now that is one awesome tutorial! How clever! Pinned it!

  4. Danni@SiloHillFarm April 3, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    Did you know that you are a no-reply blogger? How can I reply to comments you make on my posts?

  5. Cheryl@ Sew Can Do April 5, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    Great idea – definitely going to try this. Thanks for linking to the Craftastic Monday party at Sew Can Do!

  6. vmg206 April 5, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    What a great idea! I love decorating with letters, monograms, names, ect. PicMonkey is awesome!

    I’m visiting you today from Happy Hour Projects. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment and Link Up, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Medicine Cabinet Makeover

  7. mandy April 8, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    oh my, thats awesome!!! thank you for this tutorial!

  8. Cheryl@ Sew Can Do April 8, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    This was such a great idea – it’s been featured at this week’s Craftastic party – stop by & grab a Featured On button. Thanks for linking!

  9. Diana Rambles April 11, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    It’s not an embroidery machine? Looks great!!

    • sweetlisak April 11, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

      No, just my regular Baby Lock, thanks Diana!


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