November 12, 2014

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Leaf Applique Jeans

Got a pair of pants that needs some spiffing? This quick technique adds a pop of pizzazz to ordinary pants!

**GIVEAWAY UPDATE:  Thanks to everybody who entered, we have a winner!  Hannah said, "I like trying to catch the leaves! The pants are so cute. I would make my doll wear them all the time." Well, she'll definitely have the chance to! We'll be in touch and get those pants to you and your doll soon :)

Find some leaf-colored fabric scraps, get out your double sided fusible (like "Wonder-Under" or "Stitch-Witchery"), and prepare to applique!

Cut squares from the fabric and the double-sided fusible. Then, use your iron and follow the directions to fuse the exposed side of the webbing to the fabric. 

Draw leaf shapes on the paper side, then cut them out. You can freehand these, use a stencil, print off leaf shapes from the internet, or (gasp!) trace around tiny, real leaves :)

Roll up a towel and stuff it down the pant leg you want to embellish. Then, peel the paper backing off your leaves, revealing the other side of the fusible, and position them on the pants.

Using a press cloth to protect your fabric, fuse the leaves into place. Let them cool thoroughly before pulling out the towel.

You can go back in at this point and add decorative hand stitching, if you'd like -- but the fusible should hold the leaves in place.

Giveaway closed -- thanks everyone for entering!

 

Thanks everyone, and have fun with this!

For Pixie Faire,
Melinda


91 Comments

Wilhelmina
Wilhelmina

January 04, 2015

I bow down humbly in the presence of such graetness.

EmmaN
EmmaN

November 17, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is the colors of them. They are all unique in their own way.

Luz Webster
Luz Webster

November 16, 2014

My favorite thing about the leaves is seeing my granddaughter and dog having so much fun playing amongst them.

Ellie
Ellie

November 16, 2014

My fav thing about fall leaves is the colours because I love the colours red brown and orange. I also kicking the piles in the street

Julieta
Julieta

November 15, 2014

I love jumping in the leaf piles.

Hannah
Hannah

November 15, 2014

I like trying to catch the leaves! The pants are so cute. I would make my doll wear them all the time.

Gayle
Gayle

November 15, 2014

Brings back the memories of racking leaves and jumping in them when we were supposed to be bagging them up and the time my Mom lost her wedding band in one of the bags and my Dad putting a tarp down and dumping all the bags out and best of all they found her ring! Best day ever.

Annie Dee
Annie Dee

November 15, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is the beautiful array of colors, sizes and shapes. I love to make bouquets of them!

MarjoryW
MarjoryW

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is the way the gorgeous reds and golds shimmer when the sun shines through them.

judith martinez
judith martinez

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is that they usher in cooler temps.

Gayle S
Gayle S

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is how beautiful they can be. Catching a hillside view of them at there peak is utterly breathtaking. Then, they pile up, dry up and create more work which is my least favorite thing about fall leaves! LOL

Mary
Mary

November 14, 2014

the crisp sound and the brilliant colors!

Jerry
Jerry

November 14, 2014

Memories are flooding through my mind! Three years in Virginia and remembering the fall there is a riot of colors in the air on trees and on the ground to kick through or just reach down and take home to show Mother

Hannah
Hannah

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is playing in them with my two little ones!

Maryann
Maryann

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is raking them into a big pile and watching my grandchildren play in them!

Michele
Michele

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about falling leaves is that my daughter from China name translates literally
Autumn leaves. She was born in Autumn. So when I see the leaves falling and I am bless.

Joan
Joan

November 14, 2014

The beautiful colors of the leaves in fall just light up my day with an AHH! Then the leaves turn brown evoking a sad OOOOH. Just when I’m feeling kind of blue, the wind comes along and blows those old leaves down the street; I shriek YEAH!!!! Then I put the rake away.

Diane Burns
Diane Burns

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is the fresh earth smell and the swishing when plowing through them with the grandkids:)

Diane
Diane

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is the smell in the air and the sound of them when walking and kicking them around.

Sharon
Sharon

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is their crunch. I love walking along a sidewalk with leaves on it and kicking them to the side. I don’t even mind raking them, if I only have to do it for an hour or so.

Donna Deters
Donna Deters

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall is all the colorful leaves that fall from the trees.

Donna Deters
Donna Deters

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall is all the colorful leaves that fall from the trees.

Donna Deters
Donna Deters

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall is all the colorful leaves that fall from the trees.

Alaina
Alaina

November 14, 2014

Colour it’s really very simple

Alicia
Alicia

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is how they brighten up the roads!

Carmelita Burris
Carmelita Burris

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall are the awesome colors as the leaves turn from green the many colors of fall.

Jada
Jada

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing is CRUNCHING them on purpose when I walk! What a cute idea for pants too…. :)

Linda Muszynski
Linda Muszynski

November 14, 2014

So Cute and such a clever idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Donna
Donna

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves are the colors and shapes and textsure

Silke
Silke

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is that they make gray days colorful

Lucy
Lucy

November 14, 2014

You would think as we get older and have seen so many Autumn seasons come and go, we would get used to the falling of the leaves and their colors and their dances, but here it is that time of year again,and once again I am in awe. Thank you for asking this qeustion. It has reminded me to count my blessings. Anything that can hold you in awe is a blessing.

Aimee
Aimee

November 14, 2014

“My favorite thing about fall leaves is they come with a promise of a beautiful new year ( and they make beautiful photography subjects).

Rachel K.
Rachel K.

November 14, 2014

I love the colors. Unfortunately, where I live we only get to enjoy the color on the trees for a couple days, before the wind knocks them all down. Then we get to enjoy the color on the ground.

Karen
Karen

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is their amazing colors!

Bea
Bea

November 14, 2014

My favorite things about falling leaves is collecting all the different colors. After raking and jumping in the leaves, I love, love the scent of burning leaves. My favorite smell of fall.

Sam Hyer
Sam Hyer

November 14, 2014

My Favorite Thing about Fall Leaves is the remembrance of my mother. She loved the fall, canning, picking, preparing for holidays. As we hadn’t much then she made my clothes and would create from the scraps Barbie clothes which would be my gifts for the year. My parents were married in the fall and mother collected a leaf each year…when she passed there were leaves from each year they were married in pages of her Bible. 48 leaves to pass on to my grandchildren neatly tucked in verses that meant something to her. I love FALL also.

Deb
Deb

November 14, 2014

… Is the fresh smell that wraps you up like a handmade sweater.

Peggy W
Peggy W

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is the crispness in the air and the feeling of the holidays that follow right behind.

Cindy Montano
Cindy Montano

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is the changing of the colors.

valarie
valarie

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is raking hem up high and jumping in them, throwing them up in the air and rolling around in them with my grandchildren; and then having homemade hot chocolate!

janet S
janet S

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is how they swirl in the wind … and the colors!

Judy
Judy

November 14, 2014

The thing I love about fall leaves is the way they so gracefully fall from the trees and the beautiful colors.

Dianna
Dianna

November 14, 2014

the colors! Bright red, golden yellows fall is the most beautiful season.

Marge R (mer)
Marge R (mer)

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is their glorious colors signal cool weather for us here in the desert and the coming fun with family/friends who come to AZ to escape the cold weather — lots of outdoor fun ahead for us!

cathy jones
cathy jones

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves the colors and watching my grand daughters play. They were playing last weekend. Tey were supposed to be raking them into a pile. They called me to come out and I was walking past a pile, they surprised me hiding underneath. Needless to say they scared me and thought that was hilarious.

Catherine
Catherine

November 14, 2014

This is a great technique that can be applied to other garments. Thanks!

Rachel
Rachel

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is how beautifully they lay themselves down, to be an artful carpet that make us stop with intrigue to enjoy their lovely designs and colors.

vicki Good
vicki Good

November 14, 2014

I always like to photograph the leaves as they lay on the ground because they look like jewels with all the colors. Frosty ones… Wet ones. . dry ones. They all look different and beautiful.

nancy in IN
nancy in IN

November 14, 2014

I love watching my grands see the beautiful colors. I love them also.
Just found out last night that youngest grand wants 18" doll clothes. Yea! now I can make some.

Stephanie
Stephanie

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is watching the kids playing in them. The smiles on their faces and the sound of their laughter are the best!

Jo
Jo

November 14, 2014

The fall in the American Northeast is just amazing. The leaves are bright reds, oranges and yellows. Not the turn brown and fall off the trees like my midwest home.

Lesley from NE
Lesley from NE

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is the color, and the fact that a freeze is not too far off. I have seasonal allergies and the only season I do not have any….is Winter! LOL!

Lois
Lois

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is the variety of colors and the beautiful roses you can make from them. Pick up beautiful leaves off the ground and roll them into beautiful roses. (Wish I could attach a picture) I made some this year with red center and black outer leaves, some with orange center and dark green outer leaves and then some of the same color throughout. Makes a gorgeous fall bouquet.

AG Chick
AG Chick

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves are that it’s really fun to jump in them!

Lara
Lara

November 14, 2014

The colors, almost all of the leaves are off the trees for me, except the one next door, it’s a flowering pear and it’s the last to loose it’s leaves, right now it’s a bright yellow with hints of red, gorgeous.

Nutmeg
Nutmeg

November 14, 2014

My favourite thing about the fall leaves is one of my childhood games. As a child, I used to love making houses out of the fallen leaves. We used to make outlines of the rooms on the grass and then a group, we would play as a family living in the house with roles assigned to each person (Mom, Dad, children, the dog etc.) I wish I were young enough now to do it all again. At night the wind would mess up the house and the next day we would “rebuild” the walls and do it all over again. The huge maples would provide enough leaves for a multi-roomed dwelling.

Geraldine Bubb
Geraldine Bubb

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves…….since I live in Florida, I miss the beautiful fall leaves of my native Long Island. I live in North Central Florida and we have some leaves that change color but like the spectacular displays up North. I miss the season very much……

Martha
Martha

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is the crunch when you walk in them. I love a cool brisk breezey fall day! It’s my favorite season. I don’t even mind raking.

betty-anne tyler
betty-anne tyler

November 14, 2014

We don’t get much Fall in Texas or too much changing leaves. One day it’s in the 70s and the next we could be in the 30s. That’s Texas weather. Changing leaves means the holidays are not far off. Start sewing for Christmas.

Sharron Walker
Sharron Walker

November 14, 2014

my granddaughter would love a pair of pants with leaves on them for her Isabelle doll. may have to make her a pair.

Margaret
Margaret

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves are the gorgeous colors and the long drives looking for the best spot to view the varied colors.

Carrie
Carrie

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves ……the colors and crunch sound!!

lynda
lynda

November 14, 2014

my favorite thing about fall is the colors.and of course when i’m done with the leaves.
thanks for the patterns.

BARB
BARB

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is the way they float to the ground and then crunch as you walk on them.

DeeAnne
DeeAnne

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is watching them drift down from the trees in my backyard, like golden rain.

Jesica
Jesica

November 14, 2014

I am torn between the beautiful color and the great crunch they make, can’t decide which is my favorite thing about fall leaves – just love them!

Sher
Sher

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is the smell of them burning. Weird I know – but I love it! I also love the all the beautiful colors!

Mary Kittle
Mary Kittle

November 14, 2014

I love the smell of the leaves in the fall, and immediately think of apple crisp and homemade soup.

Joan D.
Joan D.

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is when the grandkids come and they see how big of a pile of leaves they can rake up. Then they run and jump into them. O what fun.

Joyce
Joyce

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves are the brilliant colors. They cheer my day.

Marlene
Marlene

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about the leaves is the color. That adds an entirely new dimension to the skies above.

louise
louise

November 14, 2014

my favorite thing about fall leaves is to take my little poodle to walk and play in the leaves,She rolls in it,puts her face in it.Since she is the same color as the leaves on the ground it is hard to find her and whatever she leaves on the ground.I have seen myself looking for 10 minutes with the bag in my hand and finally coming back home with it on my shoes.I smile all the time and hope that next time I will see better….

g jackson
g jackson

November 14, 2014

My favorite things are the colors first of all. The pallette of rich vibrant colors washing the trees. Second is fresh apple cider. Pressed on farm with antique press. So good! There are many things that are great when thinking about what I like. But not winter to follow.

Julie
Julie

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is the challenge of getting them raked, before the snow comes and turns them ugly in the spring.

Joyce
Joyce

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is watching the colorful leaves fly in the air and twirl as they fall when I kick a pile of leaves with my boots on.

Karen
Karen

November 14, 2014

I enjoy walking down a country dirt road covered in leaves and watching the leaves slowly fall to earth.

Winter
Winter

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is collecting them with my daughter, dipping them in melted paraffin and using them to create a gorgeous centerpiece! I love Autumn! It is my favorite season. :)

Sue
Sue

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is…..stomping on them!!

Chris
Chris

November 14, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is how brilliant they look against the grey sky. I also love the way they make a parking lot look festive-until they get all mushy! The pants are adorable.

N
N

November 13, 2014

My favorite part about fall leaves is raking them into big piles and jumping in them. I haven’t done it in years, but I hope to do so when I go back home.

Natalie
Natalie

November 13, 2014

My favorite thing of about fall leaves are the COLORS! I get so much inspiration from the beautiful reds, oranges, and yellows. I’d love to make an ombré dress out of it.

Sheila
Sheila

November 13, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is the childhood memories. I went to a small two room country school ( in the late 60’s early 70’s). The children wre allowed to play in the piles of leaves, making forts, throwing them, hiding in the huge piles.It was hours of fun.

Cindi
Cindi

November 13, 2014

“My favorite thing about fall leaves is…..” being out with my grandkids raking up the piles and then jumping and throwing them! They have a blast and fun memories are made.

Dawn Brown
Dawn Brown

November 13, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is the changing of colors and the beautiful pictures you can take

Teena
Teena

November 13, 2014

My favourite thing about fall leaves is how excited my children are about them! We love watching the seasons pass together—noting how the leaves appear in the spring, grow full in the summer, then turn colours and finally fall when autumn comes. We have fun collecting leaves—from tiny to large, in all the colours we can find, and identify the trees they came from. We make some art projects before they are all gone—and happy memories, too. :)

Inga
Inga

November 13, 2014

My favorite thing about fall is the smells that come with the colours. One day you wake up and sniff the air and say “Yup, fall is here!”. The crunch of the leaves when you walk. The colours! I LOVE fall. I wish it would last as long as winter up here!!

robin sandwick
robin sandwick

November 13, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is rolling around in them with the dogs. Its great fun

Carolyn
Carolyn

November 13, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is that you can see red leaves in a tree and several days later, they have changed to yellow.

tstar
tstar

November 13, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is the beautiful colors and shapes! Very cute pants idea!

Danielle
Danielle

November 13, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is the bright colors!

Tonya
Tonya

November 13, 2014

My favorite thing about fall leaves is the crunch they make as I walk! I may go out of my way to step on them! ;) Cute pants, I’m going to have to try this!

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