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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