Glue Method Turned Edge Applique

Posted by Rona Herman on

Turned Edge Applique #2 – Glue Method

The Glue method for Turned Edge Applique is my favorite to work with. In my opinion, it’s the easiest way to get the perfect points and rounded edges. You can use a template or free hand drawing, a small piece or large. The possibilities are endless!

For our project today I’ll be using some basic flower templates. Time to gather our supplies and get started!

Supplies required for Glue Method Turned Edge Applique
Supplies for Glue Method Turned Edge Applique

You’ll need:

  • Template
  • Applique Fabric
  • One sided Fusible interfacing
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Marking Pen
  • Awl
  • Craft Iron and board (or pressing mat)

Preparing your Interfacing

If you feel the interfacing with your finger you’ll notice on side feels rather rough and bumpy. That is the glue side. You want to place the glue side face down on your table. Trace your template on the back side of your interface.

Trace the edge of your template on your interfacing

Cut out your shape. When using Raw Edge applique we cut around the outside of your line. This time we are going to cut just INSIDE the line so that no ink remains.

Cut out your design on the interfacing.

Remember which side is the glue side? Place your interfacing on your applique fabric so the glue side is facing the WRONG side of your fabric. Place them on your ironing board with the fabric on top. Press with your crafting iron.

Note: It usually only takes a few short seconds for the glue to adhere. Make sure your iron is touching your fabric and NOT directly on the interfacing as the interfacing has a tendency to scorch pretty quickly.

Now that our interfacing is in place, cut around the outside edges of your applique by about 1/8 – 1/4 inch, as shown. It’s important to stay in this ‘sweet spot’ so your edges don’t get too bulky.

Cut 1/4 - 1/8 inch from the interfacing edge on your fabric.
Fabric with interfacing completely cut out.

Note: For inside curves, carefully cut a small slit almost up to the edge of your interfacing to allow better easing.

Cut a small notch on the inside curves of your applique fabric to allow easing.

Gluing Your Edges

Place your applique piece with the interfacing side facing up. Using the glue stick, run a small line of glue ON the edge of the interfacing just wide enough to match your fabric edge (1/8 – 1/4 inch).

Run a small bit of glue on the interfacing edge.

Note: I highly suggest only doing a small section at a time so your glue doesn’t dry up before all your edges are turned.

Using your awl, carefully turn one edge of your fabric over the interfacing and press firmly.

Fold one small piece of fabric over the interfacing to glue in place.

Note: For outside curves, always start on the outer most point of the curve and work one side at a time.

Carefully fold the next area of your fabric in and press. Keep folding each small section until you have worked your way to the end of your glue, or the edge of your curve.

Fold another piece of fabric over the edge of interfacing to glue in place.
Complete folded edge of fabric over interfacing.

Note: At this point you can use your awl to smooth out any rough edges to make sure your curve is nice and smooth.

Once your edge is where you want it, press with your crafting iron. This will dry the glue and set your edge in place.

Glue fabric fold in place.

Continue each section until you have all of your edges turned.

Completed applique piece with all edges folded and glued in place.

Voila! Now you’re ready to Stitch it all down!

Now that you’ve got the Glue method down, try your hand at the Freezer Paper method for Turned Edge Applique!

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As always, Hoppy Quilting!

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