How to Applique the Easy Way

If you've ever made one of my patterns, you know that I LOVE to applique! And while I think a traditional "needle turn applique" is beautiful, I, more often than not, will applique with fusible web. Why? Because it's fast, EASY, and a whole lot of fun! The possibilities with fusible applique are endless! 

So I was thrilled when Becky of Patchwork Posse asked me to participate in the 2014 Round Robin where I would get to highlight my favorite type of quilt block. And you guessed it...I'm going to show you how to applique (the easy way!)

Step 1: Download the flower applique and yo-yo pattern by clicking here. Here's what you need:
  • background fabric (in this case I made a 12.5 x 12.5" square)
  • scrap fabric for flower applique
  • fusible web (ex: Heat-n-Bond LITE)
  • scrap fabric for yo-yo embellishment

Step 2: Place the fusible web (paper side up) over your flower pattern. Trace with a pencil or pen. *Note: If you were tracing something that was directional (example: letters) then you need to be sure and trace the pattern in reverse. 

Step 3: Cut around the shape, but not directly on the lines.

Step 4: With a warm iron, adhere the fusible web to the wrong side of your fabric.

Step 5: Now cut out the shape directly on the lines of the pattern.

Step 6: Peel away the fusible web paper from the fabric. 

Step 7: Fuse the applique to your background fabric.

Step 8: Set your sewing machine to a zig-zag stitch, a blanket-stitch, or any decorative stitch. Carefully and slowly sew around the perimeter of your applique. You can also use a straight stitch and sew just inside of the perimeter of your fabric, leaving the edges to fray.

You are now finished with the applique part! At this point I like to add the extra "fluff" as I call it -- those fun dimensional details that make any project unique! So with this block, I am going to make an extra-large yo-yo for the center of the flower! When you do make dimensional details, be sure to add them to the quilt only after you have "quilted" it at the finish. 

How to Make a Yo-Yo!

Step 1: Using the large yo-yo pattern found here, cut out the yo-yo shape from any coordinating fabric.

Step 2: With thread and a sewing needle, double your thread and tie a knot at the end. Use a running stitch to hand-sew just inside of the perimeter of the circle. Your stitches do not need to be exactly the same, but it is helpful to keep them fairly close in size, approximately 1/4" long. 

Step 3: Continue to stitch around the entire circle, gently pulling the thread as you go.

Step 4: Gather the yo-yo until you've reached the desired size. Use your needle and thread to go up and down through the middle a few stitches, and tie the thread in a knot in the back.

Your yo-yo is complete! If you do not want the raw edges of your yo-yo to show, you can also turn over the eges of your fabric, approximately 1/8 - 1/4", before you sew your running stitch.

After you are finished "quilting" the layers of your quilt, then it is time to add the yo-yo embelishment. I just stitched it on with needle and thread. And here's the finished look!

Would you like to know more about the "Around the Block" Round Robin going on now at Patchwork Posse? You can follow along and make any of the blocks shown by a number of quilting and sewing bloggers!

So give this flower block a try! Upload your flower applique block as pictured in this tutorial and you could win a set of 8 fat quarters from Modern Yardage! Upload your photos of the flower applique block (or any block featured in the 2014 Round Robin) to the Flickr Group here.

Have fun!!