Appliqué is a wonderful way to personalise clothes, accessories, home furnishings and even certain types of stationary. Designs can be created either by freehand, using stencils or tracing simple shapes.
YOU WILL NEED:
For stitching method
For non-stitching method
- Iron fabric scraps flat.
- Pin template to the right side of fabric.
- Mark a dotted line around template with chalk.
- Remove template and mark a 5mm seam allowance outside dotted line.
- Cut out shape using dressmaking scissors.
- Staystitch just outside the dotted line using 2mm stitches.
- Snip V-shaped cuts into the seam allowance around curves and corners using the embroidery scissors to make it easier to fold the fabric over.
- Fold seam allowance back onto the wrong side along the seamline.
- Use tacking stitches to hold seam allowance as you go along.
- Pin shape to background fabric.
- Secure round the edges with slipstitch.
- Remove the tacking.
- Cut out template without seam allowance.
- Place wrong side of fabric onto melting side of fusible web.
- Iron together.
- Cut out the shape.
- Iron gently paper-side up.
- Peel off the paper.
- Iron the appliqué to fix in place – you could damp cloth between the appliqué and the iron or iron from the wrong side of the background fabric.
- If you wish you could stitch a zigzag or embroidery stitch around the edges for decoration and to prevent fraying.