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.
Place templates on to your fabric, leaving at least 1/2” between them. (Whether you place them face up or face down on the fabric’s right or wrong side depends on the appliqué method you choose.)
Trace around each template with your marking tool. The drawn lines are the sewing lines. The specific appliqué technique you use will dictate how much, if any, seam allowance you leave when cutting out the shape. Read your quilt pattern carefully for complete instructions.
Tip: To create a mirror image of a template with fabric, flip the template over before tracing it onto the fabric.
Tip: To prevent stretching the fabric as you draw around the template, place 220-grit sandpaper under the fabric.
Cut out the appliqué shapes, including seam allowances if necessary, according to the appliqué method you’re using.