Applique refers to the technique of attaching a cut out decoration or detail to a larger piece of material. Raw edge applique is a technique in which the design has been cut to the exact size needed and stitched in place to the background fabric. The fabric edge of the design is kept “raw”, meaning the edge has not been turned under or clean finished. Raw edge applique is a sewing technique perfect for beginners and involves endless opportunities for design details. Create your own design or choose one of these free applique templates to get you started.
Layering a few applique designs into your sewing project does not need to be difficult. If you can draw it you can create it with fabric. Here are a few of our favorites to help you get started.
Applique is the perfect opportunity to use up your scraps. If you are eager to check out a few tips and tricks, head over to Heather Valentine’s post here and check out the video below. Applique can be used to add designs to garments, pillows, quilts and more.
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Sewing with raw edge applique is perfect for any beginner. Let’s take a look at how Amy tackles curves with ease in this video.