Raw-Edge Appliqué Tips & Free Pattern

on April 15 | in Sewing + Quilting Tips, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 151 Comments

Today you’re in for a treat! We have a Raw-Edge Appliqué tutorial to share with you straight from Board Member (and extraordinary quilter!) Kajsa Wikman from Syko Design. Kajsa has a unique quilting and appliqué style that we just love, and she also has a new book coming out called Scandinavian Stitches! Scandinavian Stitches will be published by C & T Publishing in October (add it to your wish list today!). Enjoy today’s tutorial from Kajsa…

Today I will guide you through a raw-edge appliqué project, but first I wanted to say a few words about fabric choices and give you some appliqué tips and tricks.

When you put a lot of work into an appliqué you want it to be the main focus of your work so choose a neutral background; it can be a solid color or a patterned fabric with muted colors. I often use a light background, but a black or very dark background gives the appliqué a dramatic look and really makes the appliqué pop. For this flower bouquet project I used a vintage pillow case with faded neutral colors for background. I prefer fabrics with small prints or solid colors for the appliqué. Large prints will give the appliqué a busy look and compete with the attention.

I use double-sided, iron-on adhesive with a paper backing (also known as fusible web– Heat ‘n Bond, Vliesofix Wonder Under) for all my appliqués. You can either use a straight stitch or zig-zag to attach your appliqué pieces. I prefer a short straight stitch and black thread to make the seam stand out! Use a thread that is slightly thicker than regular sewing thread such as Sulky Cotton 30.

When you make an appliqué pattern of a picture you need to draw the pieces on the reverse. A window is a very good tool for this! I have helped you with this step in this project!

There are a lot of flowers in this bouquet so it can take some time to appliqué them all if you’re a beginner, but I have tried to write down clear instructions for you. Let’s begin! You can download the PDF pattern here.

To make this project you will need:

  • Free PDF pattern
  • Heat ‘n Bond (paper-backed, fusible adhesive)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Appliqué foot for sewing machine
  • Black machine embroidery thread (Sulky Cotton 30 works well)
  • Background fabric, 10″x13″
  • Blue fabric for the vase, 6″ x 7″
  • Fabric scraps for the flowers
  • Red & white gingham scrap for the table
  • Batting and backing if you’re making a quilt

1. Trace the appliqué pieces to the paper side of the fusible web and cut them out leaving an allowance (around 1/4″ is good).

2. Place onto the wrong side of the appliqué fabric pieces with paper side up. Iron. Cut out the pieces on the drawn lines and peel of the paper on the back.

3. Arrange the pieces on the background fabric using the project sketch for reference. Be sure to place the pieces with a seem allowance underneath the top pieces. If you are using a light fabric you can put the sketch underneath the fabric to help with the placing as seen in the picture.

5. Iron carefully and you’re ready to start sewing.

6. Appliqué the pieces with black thread, use a foot with an open front (see picture). Machine sew with a short straight stitch. It can be good to try out the stitches on a scrap first! Start with the pieces that lay underneath (pieces 1, 2,11 and 12). Secure the thread by sewing a few times at the same place.

7. Sew the petals on the daisies (the “fried eggs”) as seen in the picture, leaving the center un-appliquéd.

8. The picture can be framed as it is or quilted. I quilted “in the ditch” around the appliqué.

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151 Responses to Raw-Edge Appliqué Tips & Free Pattern

  1. Lori says:

    Thank you! Have been wanting to try applique for ages – this project can be me started.

  2. Billie says:

    Thank you! Very cute design!

  3. Ethne says:

    Doing a REA baby top at present but considering using some scraps on a bag project

  4. Danielle says:

    great tutorial

  5. Helen Finch says:

    Wow – this even looks easy enough for me to try – very clear set of instructions and a great way to use up some of my scraps – that I can’t bare to throw away!

  6. Melissa says:

    Such a lovely design! Thanks for the free pattern!

  7. Cinnamon Sangria says:

    This reminds me of summer on a farm. I love it!

  8. mariek says:

    Wow this is a great gift away, and thanks so much for the tutorial I’m of to my sewingroom!

  9. Amy Grant says:

    thanks so much for this tutorial. I am in the process of planning a big girl makeover for my daughter’s room and this is exactly the kind of thing I want to make for her!

  10. nikole terry says:

    So cute! I need to try this! My needle always gets super sticky, any suggestions?

  11. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  12. Sara says:

    This would be great for a little girl’s tutorial or to dress up any room really!

  13. DebbieKL says:

    Very nice! I love how the “fried egg” flowers came out.

  14. gigi says:

    BRILLIANT!!!! thanks so much for sharing your tips & tricks!
    i LOVE your quilting!

  15. Samantha says:

    So pretty!

  16. I really love applique! What a nice project.

  17. Melanie says:

    that window tip was so cool! thanks!

  18. Becca says:

    So neat! I’m bookmarking this and saving it until I’m feeling “ready” for applique!

  19. char says:

    Thanks for such an easy sounding tutorial. It gives me courage to give applique’ a try!

  20. Ellen says:

    Thanks for this great post

  21. Julia in WDM says:

    like this idea.

  22. Tanya says:

    Love this!

  23. bimbi says:

    oh so much fun, thank you for sharing 🙂

  24. Cara says:

    I am soooo loving this quilting month. Being a newbie to quilting I am amazed by all the fab tips I am picking up. Thanks Kajsa for this great tutorial! I’m experimenting with applique at the moment and tips like the type of cotton and heat n bond are fab!!
    Keep up the fab work Sew, mama, Sew !!

  25. Eneida Gladu says:

    I may well endorse Raw-Edge Appliqué Tips & Free Pattern Sew,Mama,Sew! Blog to every body which I are familiar with. Magnificent Job. -Eneida Gladu – Fashions follower

  26. That’s great pattern!

  27. This is simply darling!

  28. Julia says:

    I really wish quilt month was during summer break so I could stay home & play along instead of working. such great stuff!

  29. Somer says:

    So cute. I especially love the white flowers.

  30. Ruth says:

    I love this…and you make it seem so “doable”. Thank you.

  31. Lori Krause says:

    This looks so fun! Thanks!

  32. ~Helena~ says:

    Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to try it out.

  33. Kajsa says:

    Thank you for your comments everyone!! I’m glad to hear that you find the instructions clear 🙂

    I spotted two questions.
    1. I sew with the feeder dogs up with a slow steady pace.
    2. Washing and using appliqué on clothes. If you sew with a short straight stitch the appliqué will fray outside the seam after washing. Otherwise it holds well. Be careful not to sew too close to the edge if you’re making something that will be washed a lot!

    Happy sewing!

  34. sharon says:

    A great tutorial and a nittty little pattern too! Thanks Sharonj.

  35. georgia says:

    cute pattern, thanks!!

  36. PeachRainbow says:


  37. Kate says:

    I just googled this yesterday! Can’t wait to try it.

  38. Mindy says:

    Every day I want to try what your showing. Now I need a month of free-time to try all of this out!

  39. elle says:

    Quite charming!

  40. Megan Presley says:

    I’ve wanted to try applique for a while now! This tutorial is great and I will definitely have to try it soon!

  41. This is just the tutorial I was needing!! Thank you!

  42. Wendy says:

    I discovered Fusible Webbing a little while ago and simply fell in love with it. However, I have been struggling with the sewing part of this style of applique and finally decided to just iron it on and leave it…not such a good idea. After a few washings and dryings the sides began to fray a bit. Since then I have been hand-embroidering the appliques, as I really don’t like the look of the zig-zag stitch on most of my designs. For some reason I never really thought of just doing a straight stitch, especially with contrasting threads! Thanks for a great idea…I’m heading for my sewing machine right now!

  43. Marcia W. says:

    Thank you for the tutorial. I like the black stitching and the flowers.

  44. Rachel says:

    I love that!

  45. deb S. says:

    Luv the fun design & just in time for a Mother’s Day project–thanks !!!

  46. BethG says:

    Very cute! I’d like to try this sometime!

  47. katinkaB. says:

    This is soo adorable. And I can’t wait for October and the book!

  48. Katie says:

    My SIL made my daughter a quilt with applique and I get sooo many compliments!

  49. angelina says:

    love it.

  50. Peggy Bennett says:

    Wow! a great tutorial, Thanks PB

  51. Maureen says:

    A cute wallhanging!
    Does the fusible web come off after washings?

  52. Katie says:

    Gorgeous, and wonderful clear instructions.

  53. Leah says:

    I hadn’t thought of using such a strong contrasting thread before. I’ve always used monofilament. I like the lines, though!

  54. Lynn says:

    Very cute! The black stitching reminds me of outlining. I really makes the applique shapes pop.

  55. Katie says:

    I think I must be slow, but is the sewing done with the feed dogs raised or lowered?

  56. MamaBee says:

    very cute!

  57. This is absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for the pattern.

  58. Fran says:

    Very helpful…thanks for the tutorial…
    nice bright colors & folk art look !

  59. Lora says:

    Originally, I never liked to see raw edges on anything I made. However, I have come to realize that there are many very cute places for it. I really like how easy you made the white circle flowers with black stitching. It turned out very cute. I love art quilts.

  60. Aubrey says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I just had a baby and would love to make him a quilt – and I love the idea of doing something with applique.

  61. Ramona says:

    I love the black stitching, how it stands out. Thanks for the great instructions.

  62. Nova says:

    Thanks for the lesson!

  63. Suzanne says:

    Thank you for this tutorial!

  64. Rebecca says:

    Very fun! I look forward to trying this 🙂

  65. Freda says:

    That was exactly what I needed. Thanks!

  66. Relish says:

    I have been wanting to make a wall hanging for my sewing room for a long time – this has given me the kick start I needed. Thank you!

  67. I have never done machine applique, but want to try.
    This is a great tutorial to try it out.


  68. Leslie says:

    I love applique. Beautiful job.

  69. season says:

    Thanks for the lesson and pattern.

  70. jm says:

    I love syko!

  71. kim says:

    I have avoided applique- too diddly. I think I may be ready to give it a try.

  72. Sophia says:

    This is so beautiful!
    I need much more patience to do things like this though!

  73. Deb V says:

    This is really cute. Thanks for tutorial and great tips. I want to give this a try.

  74. Shelly says:

    I have done a few appliques lately and I did white thread to make it pop on darker appliques too! I really want to try that mistyfuse, I”ve heard great things about it.

  75. LadyG says:

    This is great – I have never tried applique (I’m a sewing newbie) but I have all sorts of ideas for cute items that could be made based on the techniques in this tutorial! Thanks!

  76. Vicki K says:

    I especially love the little fried egg daisies!

  77. Dacia says:

    Thanks for the tips! I will have to get back to that applique project I started a little while ago!

  78. Lauren says:

    I’ve been looking for a project a beginner could take on that would have a satisfying end result. I think this may be it!

  79. Kaye Prince says:

    I’ve tried raw edge appliqué a few times, but I really appreciate the steps shown here – I’ll have to try this out!

  80. Cathy A says:

    I have only tried applique on a few occasions and it’s been a long time ago. I like the use of the black thread–such a neat design element!

  81. thanks for the tut, i really have to try that, it is beautiful!!
    love those little daisies 🙂

  82. alison says:

    This would make a great wall hanging for Mother’s Day. Putting it on my to-do list now.

  83. Andi says:

    I love the look of the straight black stitches around the appliques. I saw it on another of the quilts this month and really liked the way it outlines each piece. I never would have thought of using the thread to make flower petals on the daisies – thanks for a great tutorial!

  84. Mrs. JP says:

    The black stitching really gives it a finished look. Thanks for the free pattern!!

  85. Kathleen says:

    Excellent tutorial, good visuals! I am so wanting to try this.

  86. Anne Kea says:

    It reminds me of the book Free & easy stitch style. Looks very pretty.

  87. Rochelle says:

    I’m filing this project in my to-do’s!

  88. amandah says:

    Oh, this looks fun. I will be adding it to my looooonnnnnggggg list of projects to accomplish someday.

  89. Sam says:

    This is a great tutorial! Thanks so much!

  90. sang says:

    Nice tutorial, the black thread really gives a nice structure.

  91. Susan says:

    I have always wanted to try raw edge applique and this is a cute design…..I wonder if it would work on a little girl’s jumper…with all the washing that happens!?!

  92. susan mzf says:

    what a cute project for Spring – I can ‘t wait to give it a try!

  93. Jeanine says:

    A great tutorial. I’ve done applique less than a handful of times. I’ve always avoided it but am slowly coming around. I will definitely refer back to this post often.

  94. jill says:

    Beautiful! I think I need to make one of these to tide me over until we get some actual flowers around here. Thanks.

  95. Jodie says:

    Enjoyed this lesson and great instructions.

  96. alisha says:

    Great tutorial. I especially like how you did the daisies.

  97. Tong says:

    Great tutorial, thank you!

  98. Amy says:

    I like the daisy idea with the black thread.

  99. Great applique tips– thank you!

  100. Rachel says:


  101. kasey says:

    so cute, i can’t wait to try it!

  102. Mel says:

    Great tutorial. Can’t wait to try it!

  103. JJ says:

    Love those flowers! I might use them for some other projects as well…

  104. Diana says:


  105. Gracie says:

    I definitely want to try this!!! thanks for the tutorial

  106. Valerie says:

    Thanks for the tutorial… I’ve been wanting to try applique for a while now but didn’t know quite how to do it with a machine as I’m a horrible hand-sewer.

  107. Margaret says:

    So cute! Thanks for the tutorial.

  108. Sandra Davidson says:

    Yes thanks for the tutorial it answered a lot of my questions.

  109. Lina says:

    How brave to use black thread that’ll really stand out! I’m never that sure of my stitching skills. Thanks for the great tips.

  110. What a great style and so much easier than it looks.

  111. JaiCi says:

    i would love to win those marvelous books and some fabric…I’ve never said no to fabric before!!! 🙂

  112. Mary says:

    I totally need to find one of those open front feet. I love applique, thanks for sharing!

  113. Michele says:

    this looks like a really fun project!

  114. Melissa says:

    I love the way you stitched the appliqué. So cute!

  115. Julia says:

    Thank you so much for the tutorial and the free pattern. I will definite try it.

  116. Marcelle says:

    silly me!! now I understand what raw edge applique is :)) Thanks a lot for this tutorial will surely give it a try

  117. Allison says:

    love it, thanks!

  118. Michelle says:

    Love how the black makes everything pop. The daisies especially are very clever – no fiddly petals to deal with.

  119. delitealex says:

    I have been wanting to try applique. Your tutorial is very helpful.

  120. pam s says:

    I love all of Kajsa’s work and this is no exception. Great tutorial. And thanks for providing inspiration for us all.

  121. Katie M. says:

    Love the tutorial! How fun! Being a beginner in the sewing department, this is great project for me! Thank You!

  122. Morgan says:

    What an approachable way to applique! I love it!

  123. Amy says:

    Sounds great! I’ll have to try that!

  124. Kelli says:

    This is precious! I will have to make this for a friend of mine to hang in her apartment–she will love it!

  125. Cristi says:

    I’ve never done anything like this, so I will be excited to try!

  126. kathy_saigon says:

    I’ve only done applique with zig-zag stitch, and it takes me forever! I’m looking forward to trying this method. I came across Kaisa Wikman’s blog recently, and I find her work so charming and inspiring. Thanks for the tutorial!

  127. Jessica says:

    I’ve been wondering about this!

  128. Cherie says:

    Awesome technique! Thanks!

  129. Molly Lovelace says:

    So cute!

  130. Elizabeth says:

    This is wonderful! The tutorial makes it look so easy!

  131. Serena says:

    Cute, fun, and likely addictive!

  132. Very nice tutorial! I have done a lot of applique but I have been doing it by hand. I will have to try this! Thanks!

  133. Paula says:

    I LOVE quilt month – you all have insipred me to try a lot of new things. I’m pretty excited about attempting to do some applique.

  134. Birgit says:

    Thank you – certainly one of the clearest instructions I have read in a rather longer time.

  135. Christina says:

    I love the black stitching idea!

  136. That’s such a pretty project! I love applique!

  137. qsogirl says:

    this looks like a fun technique!

  138. Jen says:

    I’m scared to try applique. I have visions of myself destroying whatever it is I’m doing it on.

  139. how much fun is that??? Too cute – thanks for the tutorial!

  140. Brooke says:

    I am a newbie at applique and appreciate this tutorial!

  141. Laurel says:

    Cute applique and very helpful instructions. Thanks!

  142. DebbieB says:

    I’ll have to try this. Thank you for the clear instructions.

  143. upstatelisa says:

    I love the black stitching that Kaisa does… her designs are sooo whimsical!

  144. Lisabee says:

    This is too cute! I like the way the black thread stands out on the edges of the applique. It sort of makes it look like a kids drawing and works really well with the simple flower design. 🙂

  145. MegVS says:

    Wow! Super cute! Thanks!

  146. Kylie says:

    I have been wanting to try appliques…maybe this is the post that will inspire me!

  147. Tabitha says:

    I’m just loving raw-edge applique lately. Thanks for the pattern and tips!

  148. Kathy says:

    I like the idea of defining the shapes with the black thread. I’ll have to try this out!!

  149. Sequana says:

    That is so beautiful! I need to have more patience to sew slower and more accurately on projects like this.

  150. Sylvie says:

    Thak you for the free lesson!

  151. Julia says:

    That is simply awesome!

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