Making a Llama Applique








I have a niece that is absolutely obsessed with llamas.  Since I live to please her, I am always on the lookout for llama stuff.  I saw a gym bag in a Papersource ad last month that had a llama with sunglasses and pom poms for hair.  I decided to TRY to make a similar one…

I made 4 pompoms with my Clover Pompom making tools.  I have a small and a medium one.

To make the llama applique, I took a piece of muslin and drew a llama on it with a fabric marker.  Muslin is an extremely lightweight cotton cloth.  It is very inexpensive and ideal for practicing.  The muslin is thin enough to trace something underneath it just in case you are not comfortable drawing.  Feel free to download my sketch of a llama here.  HOWEVER, any fabric will work for the llama since it will be painted on anyway.

Then I painted the llama using fabric paints.

I cut the llama out and TRIED using fabric glue to adhere it to a backpack but it did not stick well.  I also did not like the raw edges that started to fray.  It did not look good.  I recommend you skip this part and use pins to hold it in place as you sew instead.

So I knew I had no choice but to sew it on.  I made this toddler backpack yesterday.  (Click here to see how).  I used a seam ripper along one side of the zipper to open the lining.  I carefully sewed the applique on with a zigzag stitch.  This was my first time using that stitch on an applique with so many turns.  Not my best work but I’ll keep practicing.

Here I hand-sewed the pompoms on.  I used a heavy duty black waxed thread I use for book binding to make sure they don’t fall off easily.  Regular thread will work, just make sure it is very secure.

And here is my finished llama applique…

And here is my finished backpack!

I would LOVE to see how yours turns out!  Please share your pics with me!