To appliqué with fabric is to sew one piece of fabric onto another, creating different designs and pictures. There is an exciting variety of ways to do this, so let's take a look at raw edge appliqué.
This technique is very different from the needle turn appliqué that most quilters are familiar with. Instead of tucking under the raw edges of the fabric, they are left exposed and the edges become frayed. Not only is it a quick way to appliqué, it is a lot of fun! To begin, cut out your fabric shapes and background fabric. Lay the shapes on top of the background and sew inside the raw edge of the appliqué at approximately 1/8" - 1/4". Always backstitch or lock stitch at the beginning and end of each appliqué to keep it all together.
A variety of stitches can be used to appliqué, and it can be done by either hand or machine. For example you can use a straight stitch on a machine, with black thread to make the outline pop! Straight line stitching allows the entire raw edge to remain exposed so that it can fray nicely. The zigzag is a second popular choice. When using this stitch, be sure to make it wide enough to allow the raw edge to be seen! A blanket stitch is another great way to attach an appliqué. If you are in the mood to hand sew, blanket stitching looks particularly nice.
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The big question in raw edge stitching is how to attach your appliqué to the background before you begin stitching. Some quilters use nothing, but many prefer to adhere their appliqués in place prior to sewing. Here are a few tools to help you do that:
If you are looking for some great raw edge appliqués, Craftsy has a ton! Browse through them here.
Do you love the circle quilt or pez quilt shown above? Click on the picture sources to check out the tutorials!