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Help Video: How to Do Needle-Turn Appliqué

Starting with the appliqué piece of your choice, bring your needle from underneath to the top, coming up right through the line you drew when tracing the template. Fold under the seam allowance and bring your needle back down through the wall hanging fabric (only the top layer though!) and then straight back up through the edge of the appliqué piece, about 1/8” away from where you went down.

I highly recommend watching the video linked above for this step, as it is much easier to demonstrate than it is to explain in words.

how to do needle turn appliqué

It's important that you insert your needle DIRECTLY under where you came out of the appliqué piece. It is also important to grab as little of the appliqué piece as possible, as both of these things can cause you stitches to be super noticeable!

needle turn appliqué

 Continue all the way around the appliqué piece, sewing on the line you drew. Once you reach the point where you started, we can tie off the thread!

Start by grabbing a little piece of the wall hanging fabric (only the top layer!).

tying off thread

Pull the thread through but not all the way through, forming a loop. Then put your needle through that loop, coming around twice and pulling taut to make a double knot!

tying off for hand sewing

tying off for hand sewing

tying off for hand sewing

tying off for hand sewing

After you make the knot, insert the needle back into the wall hanging without going through the back, and come up about an inch away from where you went down. Pull the thread and then trim it so it retreats back into the wall hanging.

tying off for hand sewing

tying off for hand sewing

tying off for hand sewing

After you’ve finished sewing down the bottom layer of appliqué, you can move onto the next and repeat until complete! Read on below for tips on harder techniques and troubleshooting certain problems.

Troubleshooting Curves:

Having trouble getting your curves nice and smooth? Watch this video!

Advanced Techniques - Points and Concave Curves:

Any curves, corners or points that go in towards your appliqué piece will need to be snipped on the seam allowance to ensure that there is no tugging. Make a small snip to, but not through, the line you traced onto the fabric as you reach these parts. Watch the video below to see how best to maneuver through these tougher parts!

How to Stop & Start Thread in the Middle of Your Appliqué Piece:

Sometimes you will run out of thread in the middle of your project or have your thread break - don't worry though, stopping and starting again is super easy! Watch the video below to get through this common problem.

Have any questions?