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Create a beautiful DIY fabric welcome sign for your front door or home with applique. Learn how to applique using the Brother ScanNCut DX and your sewing machine to create a lovely fall welcome sign.

Supplies and Tools:
Brother ScanNCut DX
● Iron-On Fabric Applique Contact Sheet
● Fall Fabric Fat Quarters
Brother Sewing Machine
● Coordinating Thread
● Single or double sided fusible fleece interfacing
● Metal hanger {for hanging if desired}

The colors of fall are my favorite part of the changing weather. I love all the bold fall colors and the fabrics you sew with this time of year. To celebrate fall, I decided to make a new fall welcome sign for our door. I created this DIY sign with fall fabrics and easy applique techniques. Cutting letters with the Brother ScanNCut DX and sewing on your sewing machine make this fall applique welcome sign very easy.
Didn’t that turn out so cute! I just love it so much. You actually could just cut out the letters and press to the fabric, but I think the stitching around the letters really makes them stand out and I’m glad I took the time to create the full look for my fall home decor. Ready to get sewing? Let’s dive in.
Gather your supplies and prepare the fabric by cutting rectangles the approximate size you want your letters to be. Mine are cut about 3” x 5”. Cut a long piece of the Iron-On Fabric applique sheet and press to the back of the fabric according to the directions.
Peel off the paper backing when the fabric has cooled. Cut the fabric apart.
Place the wrong side of the fabric {the one with the iron-on backing} on a standard tack cutting sheet.
Create the text in Canvas Workspace and keep each letter a separate item, but size the letters as large as will fit on your fabric. Send design to your cutting machine.
Once you have the letters on the screen, scan your mat to see the fabric placement.
Move the letters until one is centered on each piece of fabric. I LOVE the scan feature. Place the fabric blade in your machine and cut the fabric.
Peel the fabric from around each letter. The iron-on backing makes for very clean cut lines.
Gently lift each letter. You may need to repeat this process to cut enough letters for your sign.
Lay the letters out on a cutting mat or next to a ruler to see the size your welcome sign needs to be. I cut my backing 6” x 18” after seeing the letters laid out like this.
Cut two of the backing and one piece of interfacing slightly smaller. My interfacing was about 5.25” x 17.25”
Place the letters on top of one layer of the fabric and press with an iron. The backing will stick the letters to the fabric to hold in place while sewing the applique.
On the back side of the letter piece, place the fusible interfacing on the back of the fabric. I placed the fusible side UP, so that it will be fusing to the BACK of the sign. If you have double sided fusible it won’t matter.
Pin the single sided fusible interfacing in place with lots of pins.
Thread your machine with a fun thread color to use for stitching around each letter.
Set a nice tight zig-zag stitch for the applique process. My settings can be seen here.
Carefully stitch around each letter. Lift the pressure foot and pivot at the corners and ease around the curves.
Each letter really begins to stand out once the stitching is done around the edge.
Place the back on top of the front with right sides of the fabric together. Pin or clip in place and then sew with a straight stitch and a ⅜” seam allowance all the way around the rectangle. Leave a 4” opening to turn the fabric.
Clip the corners before turning.
Turn the fabric right side out and press flat. The back piece should fuse to the interfacing.
Fold the seam allowance of the opening in and pin/clip in place.
You can use your machine to stitch the opening closed and top-stitch all the way around the sign or you can simply close the opening with a bit of hand stitching.
There are many ways to hang this cute fall welcome sign, but I took the easy way by hot gluing a metal hanger to the backside. It was a perfect fit and makes a perfect way to hang this sign.
Hang on your door and enjoy! Fall colors and a welcoming sign for your home. You can create appliqued signs for any occasion with words and fabric of your choice.