Applique Sheep Block: The Non Traditional Way!

Designs with satin stitched edges can be turned into applique. I thought this black-faced sheep from Sweet Heirloom was adorable and I had just the right fabric to make his body. 


Open the design in Hatch Creator. Start by deleting everything that isn’t needed inside the body shape. Click on each object and hit the delete button.

Now, all that is left is black and gray.

The design was not meant as an applique, but because the edges are satin stitched much like a traditional applique, the design includes a series of underlay stitches. These can be used as placement stitches.

Hoop fabric and a cutaway stabilizer. Place the fuzzy fabric over the area where the body will be. Place a water soluble topper on top of the curly fabric and pin it in the hoop. That will help keep stitching from sinking into the fabric. Stitch a round or two of the underlay stitching to tack the applique fabric to the base fabric.

You can see exactly where underlay stitching starts and stops by running the stitch simulator in Hatch. Take note of where to stop the underlay tackdown before it starts satin stitching the edges. Then, stop your machine as close as you can to the stitch count to trim the applique fabric.


Stop the machine before satin stitching begins. Remove the hoop from the machine and clip away excess fabric and topping close to the stitching line.

Put the hoop back on the machine and continue the rest of the stitching to complete the sheep. Since my fabric was really curly, I ran the outside stitching twice to get more definition. Peel off the topper and fluff up the sheep.

This makes an adorable pillow or quilt block. The fabric is really cute but is extremely messy to clean up. Textured fleece could also be used.

Click through to the black-faced sheep which is ON SALE NOW at Sweet Heirloom Embroidery.