Friday, September 18, 2009

Weekly Tip: Faux Needleturn Applique

You can take a used dryer sheet and use it to create easy needleturn-like appliqués.  Trace your appliqué motif, adding a scant 1/4” seam allowance onto the wrong side of your fabric.  Sew the dryer sheet and the fabric right sides together, using the traced line as your guide.  Press the piece flat and trim a 1/4” seam.  Carefully snip a 1” slit.  Use your judgment when clipping the slit; make it larger or smaller depending on the size of your piece.  Using the slit, turn the piece right side out, and press again.   You will have a beautiful faux needleturn piece, which you can stitch (by machine or hand) or glue to your background fabric.

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