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Party Animal Appliqué Patchwork

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Looking for fun way to decorate your cozy oversized sweatshirt or t-shirt dress? The assorted colorful printed pattern piñata includes festive lettering that is guaranteed to make your lazy day more playful and enjoyable. 

Download the free party animal appliqué design and print out at home so you are ready to complete this one of a kind decorative patchwork. Follow along the step by step tutorial and video instructions to accomplish the project smoothly.

This applique tutorial works well in oversized to cropped length tops, so be creative and adjust the size if needed. Additionally, replace the lettering and swap the motif to the front or back of the top if you want!

You will love these appliqué patchwork designs to revamp your old clothes with new life. Pick your favorite motif and make more upcycled clothing for your DIY wardrobe.

Whether you are new to sewing, or progressing to an intermediate level, this appliqué project is super easy to follow and requires no body measurement or fitting experience. Start by practicing regular stitching with a sewing machine, then you are ready for the challenge.

party animal applique sweatshirt dress front

You will love this DIY party animal appliqué design because…

  • Perfect sewing project for beginner level.
  • Free downloadable digital pattern with adjustable sizing.
  • Video and step by step picture instructions to easily follow from start to finish.
  • Learn proper way to attach iron-on fusible as backing.
  • Master straight stitching to join woven patches to knit ground fabrics.

For this tutorial, I used 1 solid fabric with 4-5 print patterns for piñata motif. These fabric scraps are 100% cotton that does not have any stretch on the sides. 

I recommend keeping the content and weight of material the same to maintain a universal look, and also make the sewing even easier. 

Be creative and play around with bold color palette and explore various print options to make your piñata motif fun and playful. In addition, you can go ahead and use black outline for a comic style that gives a harmonious look to the lettering.

party animal applique sweatshirt dress side front

How do you make party animal appliqué sweatshirt dress?

I tried trendy appliqué patchwork designs

Particularly this piñata graphic design is adjustable in scale. Depending on how big your top is, you can easily modify the size before you print it out. 

Be aware to keep it no smaller than 5” by 5” as you may experience a hard time to sew on the small pieces. So, adjust your size and try it on scraps first before you actually put it on the garment.

Pull out your basic sewing tools and sewing machine. Also, wash the garment and press it before you input the appliqué design, this is a good practice when it comes to upcycling clothes.

Prepare all your materials and notions so you can easily follow the step by step tutorial if you are new to appliqué. Simply print out the motif and let’s get started!

DIY Party Animal Applique Patchwork Materials:

Materials to make a party animal applique patchwork

For this party animal appliqué tutorial, start by printing out the free pattern and assembling the graphics.

Copy the piñata motif onto the bumpy side of the fusible backing, then cut out each piece.

Lay the glue side of the fusible backing onto the fabric scraps and lightly iron to secure.

Cut out each piece for the decorative artwork with sharp scissors.

Place the pieces on the sweatshirt and pin to secure.

Zigzag stitch around the letters and piñata design and complete the party animal appliqué patchwork design.

How to make party animal applique patchwork on a sweatshirt

DIY Party Animal Applique Patchwork Sewing Tips

party animal applique sweatshirt dress closeup

In this DIY party animal appliqué tutorial, we will cover from proper way to iron the fusible to the woven scraps to stitch types to join the patchwork to the knit base. Here are additional sewing tips to help smoothly guide you through the beginner project without any mistakes.

  • Sewing Machine: To make this appliqué, you don’t need special sewing machine, only one that you are comfortable with and has a couple of stitch settings for you to explore with. Make sure to find the proper tension setting by testing scraps to find the perfect number to work with. 
  • Needle & Thread: Stay with universal sewing needle and 100% cotton or poly blend thread to execute this patchwork project. Double check your needle condition. You may want to use a sharp needle instead of dull point needle, it can cause threading problems in the fabric.
  • Stitches: The best part of this appliqué tutorial is that you can use any type of stitch. From zigzag to straight stitch, choose the style that looks good for your patchwork. For a bolder look, zigzag stitch makes a great outline, but you can explore straight stitch as well. 
  • Sewing Foot: Sewing letters can be a bit tricky with regular sewing foot. Take time and sew slowly, or you may want to switch to an appliqué pressure foot to give more support while you sew intricate details around the corners and curved lines.
  • Iron-On Fusible: Always use dry iron when you attach the iron-on fusible backing to the fabric and lightly pat instead of pressings and sliding. You may move the piece and the glue might melt too much causing unwanted damage to the fabric or iron board. Adjust the temperature setting on the iron so you don’t create any burning marks on the fabric. 

More make from scraps of fabric project for your next DIY fashion:

party animal applique sweatshirt dress front view
Yield: How To Make Party Animal Appliqué Sweatshirt Dress

How To Make Party Animal Appliqué Sweatshirt Dress

Prep Time: 1 hour
Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $0.00

If you are new to sewing appliqué, I’ve put together step by step instructions on how to make party animal appliqué. Attach it to an oversized sweatshirt, t-shirt dress or the back of a denim jacket to make your cozy outfit even more fashionable.



  • Sewing Machine
  • Pencil
  • Measuring Tape
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Thread
  • Iron-On Fusible
  • Pins


  1. For this party animal appliqué tutorial, start by assembling the graphics and matching pattern pieces together on each page.
    Party animal applique drawing
  2. Next, copy the lettering and the piñata motif onto the pebbly side of the iron-on fusible.
    Trace the party animal applique drawing onto the pebbly side of the iron on fusible backing
  3. Then, cut out the pieces.
    Cut out the artwork pieces on the fusible backing.
    Match the cut pieces to your fabric choices
  4. Lay the pebbly side of the fusible backing onto the fabric scraps.
    Place on iron board and lightly pat the hot iron on the fusible backing.
    Iron the fusible backing onto the wrong side of the fabric
  5. Cut the joined fusible and fabric scraps out with sharp scissors.
    Cut out the patchwork pieces of fabric
  6. Place the pieces on the sweatshirt and pin each piece so you can start sewing by using straight stitch or zigzag stitch, whichever you prefer. 
    In this guide, I’m going to use zigzag stitch to sew around the letters and piñata design to give a more cartoon vibe. 
    Use a ruler to align the applique artwork onto the front of the sweatshirt and pin to secure.
  7. Take time and sew slowly so you can lift the sewing foot and move more controllably.
    This gives a clean finish to the edges and sharp corners of the party animal appliqué patchwork.
    Topstitch the patchwork onto the garment.
    Finished party animal applique patchwork on a sweatshirt

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