Thats a “Fishy” Way to Applique!

April 4, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

I’m not sure the technical term for this technique, but for today we’ll call it snip and tuck…sound good?

When using this type of applique, do not use fusible interfacing.  You can use batting if you’d like or an extra piece of fabric for more depth. This technique works great with both big and small shapes.

Any chance I get, I love to try out this type of applique.  Its a great way to add depth to the applique, give a little texture and gives the edge a nice, crisp clean look.

I learned this technique from my good friend Laura Gunn‘s mom, Elinor Peace Bailey.   She has been in the industry for quite a while and is probably one of the most creative, think out side the box, tell it like it is, people I’ve ever met.  I love her honesty and passion.

(Which as a side note, Laura’s sister in law is Heather Bailey….does the family need to hog all the talent?!?)

Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Cut out shape of desired applique twice from 1 type of fabric.  Remember, if its a directional shape – cut out the mirror images.  If you want to use batting, cut same shape from the batting.

Step 2: Put Right sides together and sew around entire shape.  Use 1/4″  seam allowance.  If you would like to use batting, stack the fabric shape like this…..

Batting, fabric, fabric.

Step 3: After sewing around the entire perimeter, slit middle of fabric on one side (side of fabric, not side of batting)

Step 4:  Turn inside out.  Make sure to push all corners out.  Press fabric.

Step 5:  Top stitch in place.  I like to either stitch it down by hand or with my new Sashiko machine.

Step 6:  Admire how awesome it looks!

For my specific project, I wanted the fins to be thinner than the body of the fish, so before I top stitched the body down, I stuffed it with poly-fil.  This is totally legal to do. 😉

Project Background: I wanted to make a meaningful quilt for my baby boy.  Anyone who knows me, knows I like to have a lot of fun and pretty much nothing I do is too serious – hence the huge fish.  My son’s name is Oliver and his middle name is Fischer after my grandmother’s maiden name.  After doing some family history, I learned that one of my ancestors signed his name with the fish sign and then “er”.   I tried to copy that.  Its subtle but I know its there.

Enjoy and applique on my friends!


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