Stitching Comes to Life
I've always been a visual learner. No matter how many times I read a set of instructions or hear someone describing the steps of a technique, I find that I remember things much easier if I can see someone demonstrate. I think this is especially true when it comes to sewing. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and when it comes to trying to describe a sewing technique versus watching one on video, it's definitely true!
Tricia and Katrina demonstrate simple needle-turn appliqué and decorative stitching to dress up a plain pillow cover.
Staystitch just outside your drawn line, then cut out your shape and clip the curves.
Use the staystitch line as an easy reference for turning under your appliqué.
That's why I'm really excited to announce the very first instructional DVD from Stitch, Sewing Tips + Tricks with Tricia Waddell! In this video, you'll join Tricia, as well as Stitch Project Editor Katrina Loving, as they demonstrate easy construction and embellishment techniques, along with fun projects that allow for lots of personalization so you can sew like a designer. The DVD features construction tips and tricks for things like sewing successful darts, embellishment techniques such as simple bead embroidery and reverse appliqué, as well as great project ideas and resources.
I've been experimenting with appliqué lately, so I was excited to see that there's a section in the DVD about needle-turn appliqué, which is a technique I can never seem to get right. The method Tricia and Katrina demonstrate is simple and easy! Check out these steps and screenshots from the video, then follow along with the DVD to see this technique really come to life!
– Pins or basting glue
– Fabric marking pen or tailor's chalk
– Fabric shears
– Embroidery scissors
– Handsewing needle
– Lightweight cotton or silk thread
– Thimble (optional)
1. Using a fabric marker or chalk, trace your appliqué template onto the wrong side of your fabric.
2. Staystitch around each shape just outside the drawn line. It's often easier to stitch before cutting out your shapes, especially if they are complex.
3. Cut out your shapes about 1/4" from the drawn line.
4. Clip around any curved areas of your shape, being careful not to snip through your stay-stitched line.
5. Pin your appliqué shape right side up where you'd like it on your fabric. You can also glue-baste it in place, but be sure not to glue too close to the edges (because you'll be turning them under).
6. With your thread coming up from underneath your project, use your needle to turn under a small area of the appliqué. Use your staystitched line as a guide, folding the fabric under until the stitching is just hidden under the fold.
7. Once the edge is folded under, pick up a few threads along the folded edge, then a few threads in the base fabric to secure the appliqué.
8. Continue folding along the staystitch line and stitching until your entire appliqué is secured!
I love how adding a simple line of stitching along the edge of your shapes can make the whole process so much easier! Check out Sewing Tips + Tricks with Tricia Waddell for more great hints and technique tutorials!