13-Steps Applique Tutorial Things You Will Need For an Applique


Basically you will need the following supplies:

  • ~sewing machine
  • ~thread
  • ~needles
  • ~scissors
  • ~pins
  • ~a pencil
  • ~an iron
  • ~tracing paper (you may use plain too)
  • ~a water soluble marking pencil or pen
  • ~paper iron-on adhesive
  • ~standard type of tear away stabilizer
  • ~fabricforapplique


Step 1. Draw

Step-by-Step Applique InstructionFirst, you have to make an applique design. If you are a beginner, use an easy design with straight sides it will be much easier to learn that way. Consider kites, stars or block for the first time. However, if you are an experienced crafter, you might want to try designs with curves, e.g. a balloon. Then, you will have 2 ways to choose from: draw your design either on plain paper or trace in on tracing paper. Don’t forget that the finished variant of the applique will be a mirror image.


Step 2. Trace on the Iron-On Adhesive

Trace on the Iron-On Adhesive
Put the iron-on adhesive on your design and trace the chosen design on the adhesive. If the selected design has more than one element, you will have to trace its sections separately. If the design sections are placed next to one another, you will have to choose which one will go on the top. When you will be tracing, remember to extend the bottom section line to about ¼ inch at the place where it touches the top section. Doing this you will layer the sections and avoid gaps among them.

Step 3. Cut

After all the pieces of your design are traced, separate them from the rest and cut around tracing lines with the distance of ½ to 1 inch from the lines.

Step 4.Fabric

This might be a favourite task of any crafter to choose fabrics for each section. To make it easier we advise you to sort all fabrics according to their colours. Cottonfabricis the easiest to work with if you are a beginner. Don’t use fabrics that fray as they can shred after laundry and thick fabrics such as velvet, because it can be difficult for some sewing machines to handle them.

Step 5. Fuse

Heat the iron, and when it’s hot, place the front of thefabricdown on the ironing surface it’s very important to make sure that you are looking at the back of your fabrics. Check twice! Place adhesive on the back side (paper side up) and fuse in accordance with the directions.

Step 6.Cut out all the sections.

Step 7.Carefully remove the adhesive backing.

Step 8. Iron

Put your applique on the item that you will apply it to (with adhesive side down) and arrange the sections according to your pattern. Rearrange if necessary, and when everything looks as you want, iron it carefully.

Step 9.

Use a pencil or a water soluble pen to add some details to theapplique.

Step 10. Interfacing

Cut a piece of interfacing so that it would cover theapplique. Place it on the back side of the appliqueing item. Now hold the interfacing, flip your item over and pin it from the front.

Step 11. Stitch

Here is a fun part.

For stitching we recommend to
use a Satinstitch.
If your machine doesn’t have it,
a Zig Zagstitchwill be ok.


Find the length and width you want and let’s proceed. Put the raw edge of theappliquein the middle of the presser foot and begin stitching carefully. Slow down as you come closer to the edges and corners. Curves are easier tostitch. Especially wide ones as they don’t require pivoting. Don’t forget to stitch the marked earlier details as well as backstitch and end stitching for it not to come out later.

Step 12. Trim the threads

When you are done stitching, loose the threads without cutting the fabrics and trim the front with sharp little scissors.

Step 13. Remove

After the trimming remove the interfacing tearing the stitching along. Don’t be afraid, it will come away easily. You must not use sharp items like scissors for it, because you can cut theapplique. The best way to start this process is to scrub along the stitching with fingernails.

Receive our regards your firstappliqueis ready. Don’t be disappointed if it’s not as nice as you supposed you will get it with practice.