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Round Shapes for Applique the Easy Way

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Preparing fabric pieces for applique can be a tedious process. Creating neat seams on round shapes is especially difficult. This instructable will show you how to perfectly tuck under the edges of an applique with very little effort.

The pictures I am using are for an Easter egg table runner so they are egg shaped. Other rounded shapes can be prepared in this way as well.
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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You need:
Paperboard (cereal boxes, for example)
Aluminum Foil
Fabric
Clothes Iron
Scissors

Step 2: Preparing the Fabric

Create a template of the shape you need using paperboard or cardstock. This template should be the final size of the applique--do not add any extra width for the the folded fabric.

For each applique, you will need a piece of fabric that's approximately 1/2" wider than your shape around all edges. You can simply mark out the shape on your fabric or you can create a pattern from which to cut the fabric. The pattern is nice when you are making many of the same shaped piece. I like to make the pattern on freezer paper. Freezer paper is great because you can iron it onto fabric (wax side down), trim the fabric around it, and peel it off to reuse it again and again.
JanxAngel3 years ago
Awesome! Now I can be more open to appliqué ideas without worrying about how much tedious ironing it'll require.
Ninzerbean4 years ago
Great idea!
What a great idea! I've been doing that fold and press fold and press nonsense for too long! Thank you!
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