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Written by Julia Mulcair on October 25, 2022

Making Monogrammed Ducky Bath Puppets

I had a sewing day with a friend recently and we worked on this fun project. Kids love these bath puppets, and my twins are no exception! The pattern was self-drafted, but below is a picture of the pattern pieces. To get the shape, we basically traced a rough outline of my hand and made it a bit bigger.

bath puppet pattern pieces

That formed the back piece, and the front is made up of a shortened piece for the body and another piece for the face.

I used a bought bath towel for the fabric. The first step was the applique circle and letter. The elements for this came from a couple of different places. The circle is from JL Dizains on Etsy, you will find it here  I used the 3 1/2  inch size, but there are 23 sizes in this download so very versatile. 

The letter is the Scholar applique from Creative appliques in the 3-inch size.

applique stitch out

We used a magnetic hoop for this project, my first time using one, and i must say... I'm converted! It's so easy to lay your fabric flat and hold it in place with the magnets, rather than trying to maneuver it into a traditional hoop. This was also my first foray into machine embroidered applique, and it's wonderful!

A brief run down of how it works...

You download your design, in this case the circle. The first stitching is an outline, so you know where to place your fabric you are going to applique on. 

Then you lay your fabric over the outline, and stitch again.

Once this is done you cut away the excess fabric, and then hit start on your beautiful satin stitch.

Pretty simple, and oh so clever

You can then overlay elements like I did here with the letter.

Because the towelling is a bit fluffy, we popped a layer of solvy over the top so the little fibres didn't get caught up in the stitching.

monogrammed stitch out

I also stitched the satin stitch twice, to ensure complete coverage of the towelling.

monogram stitch out 2

Once the circle was done, I tore away the solvy and repeated the process with the letter

monogram stitch out 3
monogram stitch out 4

Our circle applique is complete!

Time to move on to the duck face

The duck face used is an older design, but you can find similar at Grand slam designs

The applique mouth was the same technique previously used.

Once this embroidery was complete, it was time to cut out the pieces.

ducky face embroidery

The sewing construction is really simple.

Stitch the head to the front body at the neck (curved top edge)

Then flip open and stitch round the outside, right sides together, leaving the bottom open.

I made some little feet, stitched and bagged them out.

ducky beak embroidery

These are then stitched to the front body before the binding is applied.

I cut a bias strip from the pretty Liberty floral used for the applique.

Pressed and pinned in place and stitched with a 3mm straight stitch.

ducky binding

One puppet down! With twins.... I always have to make two!

ducky bath twins

So Cute!!!

I had a couple of extra circle appliques from our test phase, figuring out size and colour of threads. They actually worked out pretty well and I couldn't bear to throw them in the bin. Monogrammed matching towels anyone??

I grabbed some plain white bath towels and raided my stash for some pretty broderie lace and ribbon to stitch on.

stitching ribbon down

Some simple straight stitching was all that was required here

straight stitching with the creative 3.0

This turned out to be a great use for these sample pieces

finished monogrammed towels

This project would make a lovely gift for a new baby or just a special little one in your life

finished projects

I hope you're inspired to get creative with applique!

Until next time, happy sewing


Article written by Julia Mulcair
Julia Mulcair is the owner of Pitt Trading, an Australian online fabric store and the lingerie society, a monthly subscription service for lingerie sewers. She grew up around fabric, and has been sewing for 30 years. Julia focuses on garment sewing, with a particular love of lingerie making. She shares her makes on Instagram and YouTube and is always working on the next lingerie design!

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