Hand appliqué takes more time than fusible appliqué, but for some people the results are worth the extra time and effort. Here are two popular methods for hand appliqué.
FREEZER- PAPER METHOD
1. Trace around the appliqué shape (do not include seam allowances) on the paper side of a sheet of freezer paper to create a pattern (Figure A). Reverse the pattern for any directional shapes before tracing. Trace the number of pieces needed to complete the project.
2. Cut out the freezer-paper shapes on the traced lines. Note: You can layer, pin and cut three or four layers at a time without sacrificing accuracy.
3. Place and press the freezer-paper shapes with the waxy/shiny side down on the wrong side of the fabric leaving 1/2" between shapes (Figure B). Note: The freezer-paper waxy/shiny side will stick to the fabric when heated and can be reused several times. 4. Cut out shapes, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance beyond the edge of the freezer-paper shape (Figure C).
5. Clip into curves almost to the paper shape (Figure D). Cut off sharp points 1/8"–1/4" beyond the point of the freezer-paper pattern (Figure E). Clip into inside angles almost to the drawn line (Figure F). 6. Fold edges over the freezer paper and iron in place a little section at a time using the point of the iron or a mini iron (Figure G). Note: You can apply spray sizing (not spray starch) to the seam allowance before turning to provide a stiff edge. Spray sizing into a dish and use a cotton swab to moisten the seam allowance before turning. Carefully press the seam allowance from both the right and wrong side, then remove the freezer paper. Press again if desired. 7. When edges are smooth, remove freezer paper (Figure H).
8. Position the prepared shape on the background. Blind-stitch piece in place using thread to match the fabric. Knot the thread end, insert threaded needle into the folded edge, hiding the knot in the fold, and catch