This hand-stitching technique makes the appliqué look like a simple handcraft. This technique is time consuming, so do it only occasionally, not for a large all-in-one project. This stitch is worked from the very front and ends by leaving the edges slightly loose, so you can add effect or fold the ends under, depending on your preference. This technique takes practice so you can master it perfectly.
Step 1. Get your appliqué kit ready
Cut the pieces to the size and shape you want. You can leave the edges if the fabric isn't wrinkled (unless you really want to), or you can twist it. You can also press the fabric into the weave and then cut the two together. Webbing can make the piece easier to handle and make it flatter.
Step 2. Place the appliqué where you want it
You will sew from the front.
Step 3. Thread the needle in both layers of fabric
Work this section a short distance from the end of the appliqué.
Step 4. Raise the needle through the bottom of the fabric
Try doing it at the end of the appliqué cut or slightly below it.
Step 5. Take the thread from the previous stitch under the needle tip
Step 6. Pull the thread and repeat
If you picked up the thread from the previous stitch correctly, it will hold a little bit of thread at the end of the applique.
Step 7. Done
- Choose a sewing thread that is suitable for hand sewing and cut it shorter occasionally. Pulling the thread from the fabric can damage the thread, often causing the thread to tangle.
- Try your best to make the stitches consistent in terms of spacing and width. You may want to try it on old fabric first to get an idea of the right distance and width.
- Run your hands up and down the yarn to get the backrest direction. Make sure you thread your needle so you are pulling the thread against the backrest. This prevents the thread from tangling and damage.
- Press both fabrics first, and keep them all flat as you proceed. Pierce the appliqué to hold it in place if you want, but be careful not to damage the fabric while doing this.