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There is no better way to get beauty and individual character into your home than by designing your own projects, but if you don't feel able to do that from scratch, in this blog I'm going to use Julie Burn's really beautiful sashiko and applique bathroom project to show you some easy techniques to make purchased patterns 'your own'
The next piece is a window curtain. Again you can see how Julie used a Sylvia Pippen sashiko and applique pattern for a wall hanging as a jumping off point, adding waves, turtles and sea gulls, reorganizing where the different elements were placed, and turning the whole thing into curtains. That is another good trick for making a pattern your own. Simply tape together some sheets of paper until they make a big enough piece for your project. Draw the outer project (sewing) lines on it, then trace elements of your purchased pattern where you want them to be. Below this photo is a cropped one so that you can see better the sashiko stitching around the applique.
In this piece, the bath mat, Julie altered two things to make the mat a personal design. First she used Sylvia Pippen's pattern 'Sea Turtle and Waves" twice to make two of the block the pattern is intended to make. Then she used a different pattern altogether to make a wide sashiko boarder around the turtles. To further personalize the mat, she added sea stars and some freehand sashiko stitching.
The whole effect is a beautiful and personal set of sea, water and sky imagery.
Here is a list of the techniques mentioned for using purchased patterns as tools for helping you make your own designs: