Circle-Spiral Appliqué

Circle-spiral appliqué involves cutting out a random circle, spiral-cutting into the center of the circle, and then sewing the resulting spiral down to a base fabric with a straight stitch.

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Materials Needed:

  • cotton-jersey base fabric
  • cotton-jersey appliqué fabric
  • cotton-jersey backing fabric (if your project calls for it)
  • embroidery scissors
  • garment scissors
  • ruler
  • hand-sewing needle
  • button craft thread
  • pins

Cut Out Circle

Using garment scissors, cut out a circle any size you want from your appliqué fabric. For our project, we used both 3"- to 4"-diameter and 7"- to 8"-diameter circles. Depending on the size of the circle you choose, cut the number of circles needed to cover the area to be appliquéd. If you’re not comfortable cutting circles freehand, use a compass or a jar, or other circular object as a guide.



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Cut Spiral Appliqué

Place your garment scissors at a 45-degree angle to the edge of one of your cut circles, and cut into the circle by 1/2". Working freestyle, continue cutting in a spiral, first cutting about 1/2" from the outside edge and then cutting in towards the center, always keeping about a 1/2" space between the cutting lines. Stop cutting when you have about a 1"-diameter circle left in the center of your spiral. Repeat the process with each of your remaining cut circles.

Pin Appliqué to Project

Randomly place and pin your cut spiral appliqués onto the base fabric, slightly overlapping the edges by about 1/8".

Stitch Appliqué Spiral to Base Fabric

Use a straight stitch to sew the appliqué spiral to the base fabric, begin stitching along the edge of the 1"-diameter circle in the center of the appliqué, and then stitch outwards along the edge of the spiral cut. When you reach about 1/8" from the end of the spiral's outside point, turn and stitch your way back to your starting point at the center of the 1"-diameter circle, where you'll knot off your thread.



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