Simple Turned Applique (Fusible!)

by Lorie on April 22, 2009

If you’ve ever tried needle-turn appliqué, you know it can be difficult to get an edge without wrinkles or bumps.  Holding the edge underneath the appliqué while stitching the edge is a task reserved for the most patient of sewers!  By adding a layer of fusible interfacing (the kind that has glue bumps on one side) to the front of the appliqué and turning it, you can easily manipulate the edge to get a more pleasing result.  This technique works particularly well with circles and curves—not so well with long skinny shapes that are harder to turn. 




1.      Trace the appliqué shape with a solid line onto the smooth side of the fusible interfacing and then add ¼” seam allowance dotted line to the drawing.

2.      Rough-cut the shape from the fusible interfacing, about ¼” outside the seam allowance.

3.      Place the interfacing shape with the glue bumps facing the right side of the appliqué fabric. 

4.      Using a small stitch length, sew the interfacing to the fabric on the solid line.

app-disp_1-copy5.      Cut the appliqué from the fabric/interfacing combo, trimming to about 1/8”.

6.      Cut a slit in the interfacing.

7.      Turn the appliqué through the slit, working the edges out with a point turner or skewer.

8.      Using a Teflon pressing sheet or release paper, press the appliqué to a smooth edge. Caution:  The glue side of the interfacing is on the outside of the appliqué.  Do not press directly onto your ironing board.)  Remove the appliqué from the pressing sheet.

9.      Position the appliqué on the background fabric and press to adhere it to the surface. 

10.   Stitch edge as desired!


A quick tip:  If you want to reduce bulk in your appliqué, trim the interfacing on the back of the appliqué to leave just an edge to adhere to the surface of the background fabric.  After stitching, carefully trim away the background fabric from the appliqué. 



Have fun!


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1 Shelli 04.23.09 at 7:33 am

Wow, Lorie…great tutorial! This is a new technique for many of us that will be helpful to try and encorporate into our projects. Thanks for being so darn smart, and for sharing the knowledge!

2 Shelli 04.23.09 at 7:37 am

Oops… “incorporate”. Shoulda done a spell check first!

3 Christine 04.26.09 at 1:17 pm

thanks, so helpful. I make hawaiian quilts and there is soooo much applique. this will make things a lot easier.

4 Courtney @ Sister To Sister 04.28.09 at 10:03 am

Thanks for the great tut Lorie!!! I will have to try it out!

5 Ann 05.08.09 at 12:18 am

Wow I have to try this . Needleturn doesn’t work for me . Thanks for the tip . Ann

6 JakeHilfter 06.07.09 at 4:30 pm

da best. Keep it going! Thank you

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