Secrets Schemes & Sewing Machines

Sewing through the Story: Cupcake Applique

This sweet little cupcake appliqué is a cute way to add a little personality to a bag, shirt or, well, anything, really! But why stop at cupcakes? Once you’ve mastered the art of appliqué, you can add your own imagination to create little felt or fabric creations of anything! (For this demonstration, I used a slightly larger cupcake than I would normally and sewed it onto some black felt. My six year old daughter has now skipped off with it declaring it to be ‘very useful for something.’ At least she let me take photos first!)

Cupcake Applique


Two different colours of felt

One red button (The daughter has also absconded with the button jar, so I just cut one out of red felt!)

Something to sew your cupcake onto! (A canvas tote bag, an apron, a t shirt… whatever you like)


What to do:

Start by drawing a very simple cupcake shape onto your paper – you want a case and the top only. (Confession time: I cheated and printed a template off from Google images. Also a perfectly valid way of doing this, I feel!)

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Cut out the two parts of your cupcake, and pin one to each colour of felt

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Cut out your felt pieces

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Pin them into place on your bag/apron/t shirt – you can overlap the felt to make your cupcake look more realistic

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Sew around the edges of each piece with 3 strands of embroidery thread using blanket stitch or whip stitch to attach it
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Remove the pins

Sew your button in place as the cherry on the top of your cake

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