Use your sewing machine to complete Turned Edge Applique

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Turned Edge Applique #7 – Stitching it all down

Have you ever seen a beautiful Turned Edge Applique project with those perfect corners and beautiful stitching but don’t have the time for all that hand work? Don’t worry. You can make your turned edge applique just as beautiful using your trusty sewing machine!

I believe in honesty among all things. So, I’ll be honest. When I first started making this project I had a grand picture in my head of what I wanted it to look like. So, I pulled some fun fabrics together and went to town. The flowers turned out great! I do really like them. Then, I put the pillow together and… laughed. Hysterically.

Floral applique pillow

Technically, it works well. The colors all match, the turned edge applique flowers are symmetrical, etc… but, let’s face it. It looks like some sort of bad retro décor that someone forgot to leave in the 60’s. Anyone know how to reach Mike Meyers? I have a great addition for his next Austin Powers movie. It’s ok. I made it. I can make fun of it. As long as you’re all laughing WITH me, right?

Dig it 1960's retro

Either way, we came here to do a job. So, let’s get this thing done! I know your projects will turn out amazing! Retro or modern…

Whether you’re using the Glue Method or the Freezer Paper Method for your Turned Edge Applique project, the following steps make layering and stitching a breeze. Are we all ready? Let’s go!

Stitching Layers

When stacking your Turned Edge Applique pieces it’s best to stitch them in layers, starting from the top and working your way down to the foundation fabric. In this case, we’ll start with the smallest two flowers.

When using your sewing machine, you’ll want the layers to stay nicely in place so they don’t shift around while stitching. Therefore, I like to spray the WRONG side of the top applique piece with a little temporary basting spray. It does the job, won’t add any extra thickness and washes out. Just remember, a little can go a long way.

June Tailor Temporary Basting spray

Now that we have our first two flowers basted and layered, let’s set the machine at a 2.5 mm stitch length. You’ll want to use a thread color that matches each applique piece as the thread will definitely show.

As you carefully stitch around your design, stay fairly close to the edge without going over.

Once you get all the way around, leave a good tail of thread.

Using a standard sewing needle, push the threads to the WRONG side of your Turned Edge Applique. Tie the threads and cut off the excess.

How we doing so far? Not so bad, right?

Now, we’re ready to add our third flower. As before, lightly spray the WRONG side of your top applique flower and place in the center of your bottom piece. Using the same 2.5 mm length, stitch around the edge of your flower.

As we did before, push the threads to the WRONG side and tie them off.

Before I place my final turned edge applique piece, I like to cut the foundation fabric a good bit larger than my finished size, in case of shifting or placement error. In this case, our final size will be 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches square. So, I’ll cut a piece roughly 8 x 8 inches.

Placing the finished turned edge applique set is done the same as each previous layer. Spray a little basting spray on the WRONG side of your flower and place roughly in the center of your foundation fabric.

Carefully, stitch around the outside edge of your flower without going over.

Push the threads to the WRONG side and tie them off.

Finally, center your 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch ruler over the applique and cut out your 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 square.

Voila! You did it!

Wasn’t that fun? I just love applique. All you have to do now is repeat these steps to make a total of four equal squares and you’ll be ready to make a 16 inch Envelope style pillow!

Now that you’ve conquered Turned Edge Applique, let’s try our hand at Raw Edge Applique!

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