Tips to Reduce Puckering Around Hand Applique

Does your background fabric pucker and wrinkle around hand applique? Try these easy tips.

Font
  • A
  • A
  • A

E-mail This Page to Your Friends

x

All fields are required.

Separate multiple e-mail addresses with a comma; Maximum 20 email addresses.

Refresh

Sending E-mail

Sending E-mail

Or Do Not E-mail

Success!

A link to %this page% was e-mailed

Use these techniques to combat problems with background fabric puckering and wrinkling around hand applique:

  • Don't pull stitches too tightly when hand stitching. Stitching should be taut but not so tight that it causes the background fabric to pucker.
  • Try using a paper foundation instead of traditional needle turn applique.
  • Press the applique motif face down on a thick towel to avoid pressing in creases and wrinkles.
  • When it comes to trimming away the background fabric in applique, there is no right or wrong answer. One way is to leave the backing on smaller or narrower designs and remove it for larger designs. If planning to hand quilt the design, cut away the backing fabric to alleviate the bulk.

We Recommend...

How to Make a Hand-Painted Pillow

How to Make a Hand-Painted Pillow

Nicci Battilana adds sparkle to her painted pillow with an acrylic jewel and glitter paint.

How to Make a Hand-Painted Glass Candle Bowl

How to Make a Hand-Painted Glass Candle Bowl

Make a glass candle bowl as a beautiful, stylish centerpiece with these simple steps.

How to Prep for Whole-Cloth Quilting

How to Prep for Whole-Cloth Quilting

Mark and trapunto your motifs with these step-by-step instructions.

Advertisement

HGTV Inspiration Newsletter

Create your unique, personal style with advice and inspiration from HGTV.