How to Applique!


Hi, it’s Jenny from, the Missouri Star Quilt Company. I was working lately with one of these patterns, we got these great patterns from, Thankfully Sew, and what I love that she does is that she does this basic quilt pattern and then she adds a little appliqué to it here, and so what I wanted to do today is take the mystery out of this appliqué and be able to show you how we do it, so it comes together quickly and easily.

For this quilt I’ve used this fun Batik Robert Kaufmann, “Aqua Spa” Jelly Roll. It’s new in the shop but, I can’t resist a good Batik Jelly Roll, and a little bit, they come in a fat quarter bundle as well, and so I have a little group of those as well, and on this you’ll see she’s taken straight 6” blocks, cut the jelly roll into 6” blocks, staggered them like bricks and we have a ¾ of
them are above and then just a little bit below and then she takes a 12” strip of fabric and she does that. So, I want to show you how we do that appliqué so that it will take a little mystery out of it.

OK, so what you’re going to need is we’re going to open up this pattern and in each pattern there comes a page to draw off. Here’s your boat, that’s your pattern. Now the fun thing about this is that if you use this and you get a coloring book that has bears on it you could put little bears. You know, you could do, the possibilities are endless with appliqué, which is so fun.

So, what you’re going to need is you’re going to need some of this. This is that iron on stuff that’s sticky on both sides it’s called Heat ‘n Bond and when you put your paper underneath it you can see that you can see the lines right through it. So, what I like to do on this is I like to scooch it over to save as much as I can, and then I’m going to draw the sail like this and I’m not perfectly careful because when I cut it I’ll be a little straighter. I’m going to draw the little boat part because I can separate those, and then I scoot this over a little bit and I’m going to draw the little mast, and then I’ll move it over again, and up in this corner I’ll see if I can turn it, there, I can fit the star. It doesn’t need, you know when you’re tracing it onto this Heat ‘n Bond paper you don’t have to have any seam allowance so you just actually trace
it out.

So, then what you’re going to do is you’re going to do is, you’re going to take this right here, put it on your fabric. Out of this one I’m going to do the sail. So what I’m going to do is I’m really just going to really, roughly trim this out. I’m not going to pay much attention to, you know I’m just getting a general rough idea because I really don’t want to work hard to cut this out twice. So we’re just going to easily do this, and then what I’m going to do is I’m going to iron this on here. What it’ll do is it’ll stick, it just takes the touch of the iron to stick it, and then I’m going to cut it out right on these lines
so that it’s perfect.

And I’ll show you one right here see this is one right here that I’ve cut out, see, on my lines. I’ve just kind of cut that out. Then what you’re going to do is you’re going to peel this paper off, a lot of people don’t have any trouble with this they roll a corner and it comes up, but if you do you can just take your scissor and score a line like this and it’ll come right apart in there and you peel that off. And then what you’re going to do is you’re just going to take this, and you’re going to get you’re whole thing together first.

You don’t want to start ironing it down until you’ve got all your pieces
together, and all your pieces of your appliqué as well. So, you want to put all, all of your sailboats out before you iron it. Here’s my little stick, mast. Sorry, my little mast. And it’s a little long so I’m going to trim that off, and then I’m just going to slide it down here under the edge of the boat, slide my mast right there, and I’ve got my stars. I chose to iron my stars on this little piece of purple, I chose this part out of this fat quarter bundle right here I thought it looked really like wood they just have fun kind of oceany looking fabrics. I love it. So, then I’m going to cut out my stars. The stars are kind of fun because the legs are so short you can just kind of make one quick cut and you’ve cut the whole edge of the star.

There we go we’ve got to two more legs to go. Now let me just cut this off here, so we can make a little more room. There we go. Now see, you can even see, this is a wobbly line but I’m going to take my scissor and position it right where it’s supposed to end up and because it’s a nice straight blade it’ll just make a straight blade.

So, then I’m going to roll this leg back so a piece of this comes off, there we go. Peel it. And so there’s my first little sailboat. Now I’ll end up with five more sailboats on here, and they’ll all be tilting topsy turvy, and you know they’ll just be adorable, and so really you could use any picture that you wanted to put on there and it would work well.

Now, I wanted to show you right on these boats right here. I have taken a blanket stitch and sewn all around this. This is ironed on, then I took a blanket stitch and sewed all the way around the edge of this. To keep from changing thread I used an invisible thread but you could you know, say you used white thread on this it would just outline it would just look really good.

So, I used a blanket stitch, but you could use a zig-zag, you can use one of your fancy stitches, you can use a straight stitch and sew along here. This is already adhered because it’s ironed on the sticky stuff on it helps it stick to it. So, it’s already adhered but I went ahead and gave it a little bit of a border all the way around, and then of course when I quilt my quilt pattern, it quilts over the whole top to hold it down more.

So, this is going to be able to go through lots of washings. You know it’s going to be great for baby, because there’s no loose parts, and it’s going to be able to be thrown in the wash and just not have any trouble at all. And it adds such a fun dimension to your quilt. I just want to hold it up here so you can get a good look at it.

Isn’t that great? Then I used this great Batik on the back that looks like ocean waves. It’s just so fun, it makes a really fun quick idea. So I hope I’ve taken a little bit of the mystery out of appliqué for you and that you are able to just take one of these precuts, put a little strip of something in there, add a little appliqué to it and I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

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  • patchhanni

    Ich wohne in Deutschland, wie heisst diese Folie für Applikationen?

    • Ulrike

      probier mal BSN Thermofolie. Sieht so aus als of das dem ganzen am naehesten kommt.

      • Patchhanni

        vielen Dank für die Information. Ich werde mir die Thermofolie so schnell wie möglich besorgen!

  • geegee

    Awesome made it very clear how to applique,,I was always afraid of the fraying..but with the stitching and the iron on paper you have made it very simple..Thanks geegee

    • Sarah

      Best of luck to you Geegee!  Thanks for your sweet comment!

  • SandyL.

    I now am going to add some for a quilt I’m making for a couse      thank you   I love the class

  • Debbie

    Thank  you so much.  If your machine does not have a blanket stitch , but has a button hole type stich…will the fabric fray when washed?

    • Natalie

      Hi Debbie, 
      The button hole stitch should be even better to protect against fraying fabric! We don’t usually wash our applique quilts too much, but this should work great!