How to Applique With Turned Edges - Short Cut Method

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    What is Applique With Turned Edges

    Hand Sewn Applique with Turned Edges
    Hand Sewn Applique with Turned Edges. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Appliques are simple cut outs that are applied to a base fabric. There are various methods to create an applique.

    Turned edges on small applique pieces prevent the edges of the applique from fraying. Turning the edges allows you to almost invisibly hand sew the applique to the base fabric.

    The example shown in the photo was found in the house we bought. The entire edge of the napkin is hand turned and cross stitched with green embroidery thread.  The applique is embellished with hand embroidery...MORE and sewn in place with tiny slip stitches. Although the napkin is stained and fragile, I could not part with it. The combination of embroidery and hand stitching on the applique is beautiful.

    The edges of the applique shown was meticulously hand turned. The following steps will show you a short cut that saves time and makes perfect edges.

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  • 02 of 07

    Applique Design & Materials

    Transfer the Design
    Transfer the Design. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Choose a simple design for your first applique. Preschool and early education coloring books provide great simple designs. For this example we are going to use the tulip from a coloring book page.

    You will need fabric for the colors in the design and light-weight fusible interfacing.

    Trace the design on to the non-fusible side of the interfacing. The non-fusible side is the side that does not have the dots or shiny fusible material on it. Using a fabric marking tool is advisable so that your...MORE marking will not stain the fabric later in the process.

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  • 03 of 07

    Fabric & Interfacing

    Stitch the Fabric & Interfacing
    Stitch the Fabric & Interfacing. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Lay the fusible side of the interfacing down on the right side of the fabric for the parts of the applique. Pin in place.

    Stitch, using a shortened stitch length machine stitches, on the traced lines on the interfacing. This will require you to put the needle down and raising the presser foot to turn corners. It will also require you to sew slowly

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  • 04 of 07

    Trim & Clip

    Trim & Clip
    Trim & Clip. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    Trim the edges of the design leaving a 1/8" seam allowance. Clip at intersections and curves.

    Cut a slit in the interfacing near the center of the design.

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  • 05 of 07

    Turn & Finger Press

    Turn & Finger Press
    Turn & Finger Press. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Turn the pieces through the cut slit in the interfacing.

    Work the edges with your fingers and crease the edges with your fingers to have the edges turned under and the interfacing to the back side of the design. A Wooden Seam Pressing Barwill assist in making sharp accurate edges before you use the iron.

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    Place the Applique & Press

    Press in Place
    Press in Place. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Place the applique where you want it on the base fabric. Be sure you have the edges set and exactly where you want it to be and press the applique in place. The interfacing fusible properties will help hold the applique in place.

    Note: If you are placing an applique on a garment, you may want to try on the garment to make sure the placement is appropriate and it has not been placed in an inappropriate location on the garment.

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  • 07 of 07

    Sewing the Edges

    Machine Sewn Applique
    Machine Sewn Applique. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Hand sew or use your  sewing machine to sew the edges of the applique and any details you want on the applique. In this example a machine blanket stitch was used but a hand sewn blanket stitch could also be used or any decorative stitch, as long as the edges of the applique are secured to the base fabric. Even though it appears to be placed once you have used the iron to fuse the base, but the very edges are still loose and the applique will pull loose after many trips through the laundry if you...MORE do not stitch the edges in place.