An easier way to applique: stitch-and-flip method (must-see video 🎬)

Stitch and Flip method for appliqueIf you feel like your hand appliqué isn’t as precise as you’d like it to be, today’s post is for you!

Stitched from the Heart author Kori Turner-Goodhart was in the same boat: she felt that her traditional needle-turn appliqué lacked finesse—until a change of technique allowed her to create out-of-this-world appliqué. Here’s what she had to say about it.

Kori Turner-Goodhart“The perfectionist in me wants my appliqué shapes to be exactly like the pattern. My mom taught me a method that I love. We call it Stitch-and-Flip appliqué. This technique uses a little extra fabric and takes a little extra time, but your appliqué shapes will come out impeccably. The reason for the extra fabric is to hide any show-through (where you can see the background fabric through the appliqué shape), and also to mimic the look of needle-turn appliqué. Try it—I think you’ll love how it looks.”

We were lucky to sit down with Kori recently, and she showed us exactly how the Stitch-and-Flip method works. Watch, learn, and ooh and aah below!


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It’s easy to see how Kori’s appliqué shapes turn out so flawlessly. And now you can joyfully say “YES!” to appliqué too! Kori’s patterns in Stitched from the Heart will inspire you to play with the clever technique.

You could appliqué a pair of chatty birdies:

Beloved Bed Runner
Beloved Bed Runner

Or create pockets of posies:

Pocket for Your Thoughts Wall Hanging
Pocket for Your Thoughts Wall Hanging

Stitch a simple ode to love:

Good Heart Love Quilt
Good Heart Love Quilt

Or a heartfelt ode to family:

Heart of the Family Banner
Heart of the Family Banner

See more from Stitched from the Heart >>>

Stitched from the HeartHave you tried the Stitch-and-Flip method of appliqué?

  • It’s the only way I appliqué!
  • I appliqué in all kinds of ways.
  • I’ve yet to try it, but I plan to give it a whirl!

Tell us in the comments!


79 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I have not tried this method. I love applique so I will for sure be trying this method. Thanks for posting this article.

    —Cheryl Scott on July 29, 2019
  • I have not tried it yet but would love to give it a try!

    —Deb on July 29, 2019
  • The patterns are lovely, but this is an old method.

    Yes, passed down by Kori’s mom – and we’re guessing it was passed down to her mom too, Angelia! –Jenny

    —Angelia Ulrich on July 29, 2019
  • I haven’t tried this yet but looks like something i need to try.

    —barb on July 29, 2019
  • It is the only way I appliqué. By the way, love her little Gingher scissors!

    —Sharon Lowy on July 29, 2019
  • I have not tried the Stitch and Flip method yet, but I certainly will in the future. What a creative way to do applique! Applique has been what I have been working on for the past year, and I will definitely add this technique to my skill set. Her book looks like a "must have" for my library.

    —Ann West on July 29, 2019
  • I applique all different ways. I have not tried this with another layer of fabric but have done it a time or two using a fusible stabilizer for the back layer. This technique with two layers of fabric looks like it would be good for simple single-layer designs but might add too much bulk for more complex layered designs.

    —Dottie MACOMBER on July 29, 2019
  • I have not mastered applique but I love it done well. Some time before I die. 🙂

    —Kay of Cincinnati on July 29, 2019
  • Yes, and I learned it from Eleanor Burns and Fons and Porter: they use interfacing or sometimes iron-on… Eleanor does a simple tutorial!

    —Sharon S on July 29, 2019
  • I think I’ll give this method a try.

    —Barb Walsh on July 29, 2019
  • The stitch and flip method is the best way to applique! I have the same issue Kori does with perfectionism. 😊

    —Debby on July 29, 2019
  • I have not tried this method but it looks like a great way to applique.

    —Anne L. Rightler on July 29, 2019
  • I haven’t tried it, but would like to. Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Kim on July 29, 2019
  • I have used several methods of applique. I have used the stitch & flip method with fusible. I find this convenient if I don’t have time to hand applique a project or don’t want to machine applique it. I would not want to waste the fabric that would be on the backside & not seen. Also, another layer of fabric would add bulk that fusible would not.

    —KathyM on July 29, 2019
  • I haven’t tried this, but will on my next appliqué!

    —Elizabeth on July 29, 2019
  • I simply LOVE this method of applique! ( and p.s. the book is WONDERFUL!!)

    Monique Adams on July 29, 2019
  • I have not yet tried this method, but it’s something I’m definitely going to try. I love the results.

    —DorothybCarter on July 29, 2019
  • Lori Holt also does a stitch and flip with light weight interfacing and it isn’t so bulky. Interesting video, but I don’t think I could control my sharp scissors like she does!!

    —Carol Bejtlich on July 29, 2019
  • I have not tried this method but am impressed….will give it a try!

    —Kathi on July 29, 2019
  • I have used this method only using light wt fusible interfacing on the back. I have used various methods for my applique. There are some really nice ideas in this book.

    —Peggy on July 29, 2019
  • Definitely have to try it 😍

    —Martina on July 29, 2019
  • Love all kinds of applique!!

    —Geri on July 29, 2019
  • Will try this method but am concerned about more detailed designs

    —Hilda Krebs on July 29, 2019
  • Oh my word!!! Where has this been all my life?? I NEVER thought of doing this! Brilliant! Will be using it on my next appliqué project!

    —Denise on July 29, 2019
  • I’ve done similar stitch and flip, in fact when a friend started a appliqué quilt with a ton of circles in a workshop and was shown the starch method and was ready to throw it out. I suggested a stitch and flip, only we decided to use used drier sheets which are much thinner and worked great! She finished the quilt.

    —Ruth Schroeder on July 29, 2019
  • I can’t wait to try this method. I do wool applique and embroidery all the time, but am afraid of hand applique! I hope this new method will have me doing hand applique without fear!

    —Patty F. on July 29, 2019
  • This is a great way to avoid seeing the shadow of the background fabric. I also like the extra dimension it gives to the applique shapes. The book has some great projects! I love the ‘one family one heart’ small quilt.

    —MoeWest on July 29, 2019
  • I love this idea. I can’t wait to try it. It is nice how it adds some dimension.

    —Rita Long on July 29, 2019
  • I have used this method but with fusible interfacing instead of a second layer of feature fabric. I fuse the shape then stitch it down by hand

    —Karla Shinnick on July 29, 2019
  • This technique has been around for a long time, I used it in the early 90s

    —Susan on July 29, 2019
  • Have done this method with stabilizer, but I think I would love to try the two pieces of fabric. I can see where it gives it dept and texture ! Love her patterns too !

    —Lynn on July 29, 2019
  • I use the flip and stitch method with fusible interfacing instead of two layers of fabric. Not sure about using a double thickness of fabric. Don’t think I could control my scissors well enough to replace my current seam pusher. Might try it on scrap fabric to see if it works for me.

    —SandyMay on July 29, 2019
  • Looks like some really cute ideas. I haven’t tried this method but I like the preciseness of it.

    —Jenniffer Howling on July 29, 2019
  • I have yet to give this technique a try, but I’m more than willing to give it a shot. Applique is not one of those things that has come easily to me, so I’m always looking for another way for it to "make sense" to me (as far as how it’s done). Thank you for the video!

    —Teri D. Gailey on July 29, 2019
  • I use various methods of appliqué. I have tried this method and use it occasion.

    —Trish Probandt on July 29, 2019
  • I’ve not tried this method yet, but would like to try it!

    —MS Barb on July 29, 2019
  • I love appliqué but haven’t tried this method. I plan to try it!!

    —Catherine Zerr on July 29, 2019
  • I have not yet tried this method but am definitely willing to give it a go. Thank you for the opportunity to learn something new.

    —Michele Cais on July 29, 2019
  • I’ve yet to tried it, but I plan on trying it soon.

    —Denise V on July 29, 2019
  • I think I will give this method a try. Happy Stitching.

    —Clare on July 29, 2019
  • I have not tried this method but I just bookmarked the video and hope to give this a try on the weekend.

    —Cathy Cavagnaro on July 29, 2019
  • i HAVE NOT TRIED THIS METHOD, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO. SO BEAUTIFUL.

    —ROBERTA J on July 29, 2019
  • I’ve never tried this, but it sounds fascinating. I’d love to improve my appliqué.

    —Kaboodle on July 29, 2019
  • I’m a newbie at applique. Still learning the different techniques. Kori’s way looks easy enough that even I will give it a try!

    —CAROL L. on July 29, 2019
  • What a fantastic way to applique i’ve used raw edge & needle turn but will definitely give this a go.

    —Suzanne on July 29, 2019
  • I have tried a version of this but I used interfacing on the reverse side. It seems as though this would be easier as interfacing is far more delicates and easier to tear

    —Judi on July 29, 2019
  • Been using this method for years. QIAD used to do the same thing with a fusible web.

    —Linda Lee Ahn on July 29, 2019
  • I have appliqued in all kinds of ways except this one, I will try it.

    —Stephanie Woodward on July 29, 2019
  • I look forward to using this method of applique on my quilt labels. Excellent video!

    —Kate in Iowa on July 29, 2019
  • I have never tried to do appliqué but would like too. But I am afraid to try as I just know it is going to be a disaster.

    Hi Lisa, we know how you feel! There are lots of tips and tricks in Kori’s book, perhaps they’ll help you along! –Jenny

    —Lisa on July 30, 2019
  • I do my applique in a similar method, however for ther second layer I use a light fusible interfacing. Fusible side facing the right side of the fabric so when its turned RS out, I can iron the applique down.

    —MJ IBARGUEN on July 30, 2019
  • I have not but will definitely give it a try. Thanks for sharing this awesome tip!

    Carol McClelland on July 30, 2019
  • I’ve yet to try it, but I plan to give it a whirl!

    —Joan M on July 30, 2019
  • So that’s why I’ve been saving all those old outdated scraps. Can’t wait to try it! I’m feeling braver already.

    —Krissy Butorac on July 31, 2019
  • I tried this yesterday and I LOVE it!! Where has this been all my life!😍

    —Marja on July 31, 2019
  • I do the freezer paper applique and have done this same technique with interfacing on the back instead of fabric.

    —Peggy Kanz on July 31, 2019
  • I’D LOVE TO ORDER THIS BOOK, but checking it on Amazon, it only has 2 options: Kindle (don’t want) and then I could buy it for 56.00! What?!!! Do you all have it listed on Amazon for the regular price? (I’d like to get it ordered today so I can get it by Friday for a trip I’m taking.) THANKS!!

    Hi Helen, thank you for alerting us to this problem, we were unaware that the book was listed for the wrong price on Amazon. We have people looking into it. In the meantime, you can order the book at our website and we’ll send you a link to download the eBook for free, which you may be able to take on your trip. –Jenny

    —Helen L on July 31, 2019
  • Something new to try.

    —Rose-Marie on July 31, 2019
  • I have yet to try this, but would really like to learn how to do this to bring other aspects & design to my quilts!

    —Lisa Bierman on August 1, 2019
  • I adore appliqué but are not good at it this technique may help my attempts!

    —Martha Mita on August 1, 2019
  • I definitely will try this method! Love how it becomes 3D!

    —Sandy on August 1, 2019
  • I’ve yet to try it, but I plan to give it a whirl!
    I have always used needle turn.

    —Nancy Seitz on August 2, 2019
  • I haven’t tried this method. I think with this type of applique, I might applique more.

    —Sherbie Tollefson on August 2, 2019
  • I haven’t tried this, but plan on doing so in my next appliqué project.

    Barb H. on August 2, 2019
  • It’s a great no raw edge applique technique. Yes it’s an old technique but it’s easy and it works. This is why it’s still being used today.

    —Marie Walton on August 2, 2019
  • I love the whimsy in Kori Turner-Goodhart’s designs. People respond to the lovely, soft creations!

    —Carolyn Fulmer on August 2, 2019
  • Oooh this technique is definitely going on my list of new-to-me quilty things to try!

    —Gail K on August 2, 2019
  • I haven’t tried this method but it looks fun!

    —Janna Lee on August 2, 2019
  • I’ve always done applique this way, learned it from Eleanor Burns on her Quilt in a Day program.

    —Carolyn Cavanaugh on August 2, 2019
  • I have not tried this method, and actually haven’t tried any applique method bc I want it to be perfect. I can now try it after I get this book. Great demonstration.

    —debby on August 2, 2019
  • Now that is right nifty….I enjoy applique already but this looks like fun method to try. Thank you Kori…

    —Kay on August 2, 2019
  • I haven’t done very much applique because I too am a perfectionist and I don’t seem to be very pleased with my results – – I will definitely give this a try and very soon!!

    —Susi on August 2, 2019
  • I don’t do applicable because of the turning the edges under and trying to keep the shape. This is brilliant for me, and I will definitely be making appliqué projects now!

    —Alexia Jandourek on August 2, 2019
  • Kori I too love precise applique, i will have to try this technique. LOVE the birds on your bedrunner-too cute!

    —Patty H. on August 2, 2019
  • I applique in all kinds of ways. I have stitched and flipped but I have used Pellon interfacing…it’s a bit less expensive than doubling up on the fabric…just a thought 😀

    —Becky Schultz on August 2, 2019
  • I haven’t tried doing appliqué, this book looks fun!

    —Charlene G on August 3, 2019
  • I have used this method in the past. I find needle turn appliqué quicker, but appliqué is not my favorite process in quilting.

    —Linda Towers on August 3, 2019
  • I like appliqué very much, but my attempts at needle turn method have been abysmal! Will definitely try the stitch and flip method.

    —Frank Figueredo on August 3, 2019
  • Haven’t tried this method yet.

    —Judy B on August 3, 2019

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