The original sign in this post was created when we lived in Hong Kong and there wasn’t really any fall weather at all. I’ve left a couple of photos from the original fall welcome sign here in the post, but the full sewing and applique tutorial as well as the long narrow sign version seen here is the new version. This is a pretty basic sewing and applique tutorial for you to create a beautiful door welcome sign.
fall welcome door sign –
ok! let’s take a look at the new version of my fall welcome sign. Here is my most recent version and the one I’ve got a full tutorial for today.
This fall door sign is really easy to put together and today I’m going to show you how. I used my ScanNCut for create perfect letters and my sewing machine to sew it all together. You can create this same look with or without a electronic cutting machine.
Here’s a quick look at the older version. I bought the quilt block pattern 10 years ago and then just added the name Thompson at the bottom. The quilt square is no longer for sale, and I didn’t really have tutorial to go with it, so most of this post is new.
BUT if you did want to create something similar to this you would just have to create a quilt square, then add a name or any word to the bottom with the applique technique I’m going to show you here.
More fall projects to sew
Fall welcome sign with applique
- Create text for welcome sign
- Send text to cutting machine
- Press iron on backing on fabric back
- Use one fabric or multi for each letter
- Cut each letter from fabric
- Place letters on sign fabric.
- Use iron to press letters to sign fabric
- Iron fusible fleece to back of sign fabric
- Stitch around each letter to applique to fabric
- With right sides together sew around sign fabric
- Turn right sides out and press. Close turning holes
- Add hanger on the back and enjoy!
How to applique a welcome sign
let’s jump in! The supplies you need for this project are listed in the card above. Here is the full photo tutorial to get you started with this cute sewing and applique project. You can use scraps of fabric for the letters, but you will need a full piece for the back and front of the sign. More of the details of the sizing are below. Read through for all my sizing, but you can make this project in whatever sizes you want.
I laid each of the letter rectangles together and pressed the iron on backing to each of them. You can do the iron on backing all in one piece or in small individual ones.
Press fabric right side up on cutting mat. You can see my layout below. I then scanned in the mat so I could see the fabric placement in relation to the letters. I really love the color scanner and the ability to see everything right on the screen before cutting. My letters are all around 3 x 5″.
Once the layout is in place, cut the letters. Peel off the extra fabric around the letters. Carefully lift each letter and place on a cutting mat to arrange layout.
I used my cutting mat to layout the letters and decide how big my backing needed to be. I wanted a nice border around the letters. Cut a front and back of the sign material. These pieces should be the same size. Mine are 6.5″ x 18″. Arrange the letters on the front piece of fabric. Fuse the letters to the fabric with an iron. The iron on backing that is linked in the card above is actually double fusible.
Now each of the letters should be fused to the fabric and easy to work with and sew. Place the fusible fleece on the back of the fabric with words. The fleece should be double fusible OR place the fusible side up, so it will fuse to the back later. Flip the fabric over and pin in several places place to hold it in place.
With the fleece pinned to the backing stitch around each of the letters. My settings are seen in the photo here. The zig-zag stitch with is 3.5 and the length is .3. This creates a nice tight stitch around each letter.
With right sides together, place the front and back of the sign fabric together. Leave a 3″ hole for turning the fabric. Clip the corners before turning.
Turn right sides out and turn in the hole seam allowance. Press to secure seam allowance AND to fuse the fleece to the backing. I hand sewed the opening closed. You can close the turning hole however you want.
I glued a hanger to the back to easily hang on the door. You can use any hanger or other way to hang that you like. This is just what I had on hand in the moment and this was a quick solution. I love it!!