How to hand appliqué fabric that frays easily

Posted by on May 12, 2014, in quilting & sewing, ,

Applique heart from Tea in the Garden
Picture this. You’ve chosen a wonderful new appliqué pattern, gathered the perfect fabrics, and cut out the first shapes.

You’ve started hand stitching an appliqué piece onto the background. And then you see them. Pesky threads unraveling at the edges of your appliqué shape. A shape cut from special fabric you’re sure will make or break your quilt.

What can you do when your appliqué motifs start dissolving at the edges? Do you have to abandon that otherwise ideal fabric? Not so, says appliqué expert Cynthia Tomaszewski. She’s got a simple tip for dealing with unstable fabric edges.


What to do when your appliqué fabric frays

From Garden Party: Appliqué Quilts That Bloom by Cynthia Tomaszewski

If you’re working with fabric that frays easily, leave a larger-than-normal seam allowance when cutting around the template. Then trim the seam allowance to the required ⅛" to ¼" as you stitch the appliqué piece in place.

how to hand applique fabric that frays easily - Quilts from Paradise


So, just start with a generous seam allowance and cut away the fraying bits as you stitch around your shape. Thanks for helping us tame those raveling edges, Cynthia!

If you’re an appliqué fan, you won’t want to miss Cynthia’s books of stunning quilt patterns. Along with offering inventive appliqué designs, you’ll find Cynthia is passionate about sharing the tips and tricks that make fusible, freezer-paper, and needle-turn appliqué fun and easy.

Now let’s take a look at the lovely appliqué quilts you can make!

From Garden Party: Appliqué Quilts That Bloom

Quilts from Garden Party - Applique Quilts That Bloom
Go here to see more patterns from Garden Party

From Quilts from Paradise

Applique quilts from Quilts from Paradise by Cynthia Tomaszewski
Go here to see more patterns from Quilts from Paradise

From Tea in the Garden: Quilts for a Summer Afternoon

Applique quilts from Tea in the Garden by Cynthia Tomaszewski
Go here to see more patterns from Tea in the Garden


How do you appliqué: by machine or by hand? Let us know in the comments!


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