Make and Use Appliqué Templates
Mastering this technique will be easy when you follow our step-by-step instructions for making and using appliqué templates. Learn how to make appliqué templates, then follow our tutorials to learn how to add appliqué designs to your quilting projects.
Cut and Clip Appliqué Shapes
Cut out the appliqué shapes, adding a 3/16” seam allowance to all edges. Clip inside curves and points to within a thread of the marked lines, making clips closer together in the curved areas.
Try to make your clips on the bias grain of the seam allowance, which means your clips will often be diagonal, rather than perpendicular lines. This directional clipping prevents fabric from raveling while you’re working with the edges.
Note: Some hand quilters who use the needle-turn appliqué method choose to stop their appliqué preparation method with this step.