Fussy Cut Flower Appliqué

One of my favorite recent projects is an embellished denim jacket I personalized. I was inspired by my friend Stephanie Organes, who used fabric from one of her Andover Fabrics collections to decorate a jacket with floral appliqués and a quilt block, and I decided to give it a try. Here’s how I decorated the front of my jacket with flowers using a technique called Fussy Cut Appliqué.

Image is a collage of photos showing the flower appliques, as well as the title of the project. It is designed to be saved to Pinterest.

How to Do Fussy Cut Appliqué

This process is actually really easy to do and only requires a few basic materials, including scraps of your favorite floral fabric. I used Felicity Fig from Stephanie’s Wandering collection, which I absolutely love for its deep, vibrant colors and gorgeous blooms. You can also use fabric with animals or other objects to create your appliqué if you prefer. I used a denim jacket as my base, but you can also appliqué onto a sweatshirt, a pair of jeans, a pouch, a tote bag, or pretty much any other fabric.


Save 25% on any order, including fabric, interfacing, notions, and/or tools at Missouri Star Quilt Company using my affiliate link. Just click the button below to shop, and the discount will automatically apply at checkout.

Image contains a denim jacket with bright pink and purple flowers added to the front as embellishments. It is draped over a grey chair in front of a cabinet full of craft supplies.

What is Fussy Cutting?

Fussy Cutting refers to the technique of deliberately cutting a piece of patterned fabric in a way that allows you to feature a specific part of the design in your project. Sometimes, in quilting, this means cutting a square that has your desired pattern or image positioned in the center. For our project today, we’re going go even farther and cut out the outlines of the shapes we want to use.


Choose the specific flowers you want to use.

For one spot, I picked a grouping of flowers that were connected to each other, and for the other, I used three individual blooms.

Image contains a closeup of the Felicity Fig yardage by Andover Fabrics.
Iron a piece of fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric where your desired flowers are.

Lay the rough, non-paper side of the interfacing against the fabric. Iron according to the instructions on the package.

Image contains a pink Oliso iron on top of a grey ironing mat. A piece of floral fabric lays face down in front of it with a piece of fusible interfacing on top.
Carefully cut out your shapes.

You’ll want to use a pair of very sharp scissors to help avoid any fraying. My favorites are the Missouri Star Quilt Company 6” Everyday Scissors, which are super-sharp all the way to the very tip. Try to avoid cutting very thin/small detail areas, as these are harder to adhere.

Image contains Amy’s hand holding a pink flower cut out from a piece of fabric. The piece of fabric and a pair of teal handled scissors are out of focus in the background on top of a white table.
Iron the shapes to your jacket (or other base).

Use the iron to press your base material for a few seconds (jacket, jeans, pouch, bag, etc) to slightly heat it. Peel the paper backing from your appliqué shapes, then place them on top of your base, exactly where you want them, and iron as directed on the interfacing packaging.

Hand stitch around the edges of the designs (optional)

I highly recommend doing this, because it’s an extra way to secure the appliqués in place. I also really like the visual effect of the hand stitches.

Image contains a close-up view of three pink flowers that have been ironed onto the jacket and stitched around with coordinating thread.

Once you’ve completed these steps, your project is ready to wear/use.

Image contains a denim jacket with bright pink and purple flowers added to the front as embellishments. It is draped over a grey chair in front of a cabinet full of craft supplies.

Crafting Tips

  • This is a great way to add new life to an old piece of clothing, and the appliqué shapes can actually be used to patch holes!
  • If you’re looking for a great base to use and don’t have one around the house, try a thrift store or yard sale.
  • It’s ok to mix and match, using designs from different fabrics.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this washable?

Yes. However, frequent washing may cause the edges of the appliqué shapes to begin fraying. I tend to apply mine to items that aren’t washed after every wear/use.

Can I do this with any fabric?

I recommend using quilter’s cotton/cotton fabric for your appliqué. Denim, cotton, and canvas make great bases.

Where do you buy your fabric?

My favorite source is Missouri Star Quilt Company. When you place any order on their website using this link, you’ll see a special 25% discount applied at checkout.

More Fabric Projects

If you enjoyed this tutorial, check out these other projects you can make with fabric!

If you try any of these ideas, I’d love to see how your projects turn out! Make sure you are part of the Amy Latta & Friends Facebook Group, so that you can join our weekly Show and Tell thread and share your photos with us. Hope to see you there.

Fussy Cut Flower Appliqué

Author: Amy Latta


  • scissors
  • iron
  • sewing needle


  • fabric with large print
  • double-sided fusible interfacing
  • coordinating thread
  • base, ie: denim jacket


  • Choose the specific flowers/part of the pattern that you want to use.
  • Iron a piece of fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric where your desired flowers are.
  • Carefully cut out your shapes.
  • Iron the shapes to your base.
  • Hand stitch around the edges.

Similar Posts


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.