Since a lot of my projects include Appliqués, I thought I’d make a quick video to show you how to do hand applique stitches. The word “applique” makes it sound so scary, bit it’s really very easy when you do it this way. You can make so many things with appliqué, from embroidery hoops to cute t-shirts. I just love the personal touch that an appliqué adds! If you find this post useful, make sure to take a look at my How to Embroider for Beginners series.
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Supplies Needed to do Applique Stitches by Hand
- paper-backed interfacing (Wonder Under – Pellon 805 or Heat ‘n Bond Lite)
- fabric scraps
- pencil or pen
Watch Video: How to Hand Applique
Watch my “How to Applique By Hand” video below or head over to YouTube to watch it there. Hope you find it useful. Remember that whatever pattern you trace will be reversed when you cut it out since you iron the interfacing on the back. Hope that makes sense. Let me know if you have any questions about the process.
How to Applique by Hand Step by Step
- Trace your appliqué shapes onto the paper side of the interfacing. Shapes should be reversed/mirrored on the pattern.
- Cut a piece of fabric slightly larger than the piece of interfacing and iron it, paper side up, onto the back of the fabric.
- Cut out the shape.
- Peel off the paper backing.
- Place the pieces, interfacing side down, on your main piece of fabric. Iron them down. If layering the shapes, iron one shape at a time.
- Stitch around the edge of the shape with a running stitch, back stitch, or blanket stitch.
Hand Applique FAQs
Using 2 or 3 strands of thread is best for applique. If you really want the stitches to stand out, you can use all 6 strands, but it will be more difficult to get the thread through the fabric.
The most common stitches used for applique are a running stitch, back stitch, or blanket stitch.
Applique stitches should be anywhere from ⅛ to ¼ of an inch apart depending on the look you want. Keep in mind that stitches on curves will need to be shorter than stitches on straight edges.
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