Needle Turned Applique Techniques

How To Needle Turn Applique

Needle Turned Applique is another example of Hand Applique.

As the name suggests, after pinning your applique piece in place, you use the needle itself to turn under the seam allowance and stitch it in place.

This is especially good for intricate curves like on a Hawaiian quilt.

Cut out your applique shape, leaving 1/8" seam allowance.

Baste your applique shape onto the background, then clip any concave or smile curves.  Clip every 1/4", cutting approximately 1/8" deep.  

If there are sharp inside points as on a maple leaf, clip once into that inside point.

Using your needle and your fingertips, turn under the edge just ahead of where you are stitching.  

Stitch using thread the color of your applique piece.  

Make very tiny stitches 1/8" apart or closer.

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