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Video 13: Freezer-Paper Appliqu?? Prep

Learn how to use freezer paper to prepare applique shapes.

There are dozens of ways to prepare applique pieces, but
now I'm going to show you one way that utilizes
a very common quilter's tool -- freezer paper. And this
method uses freezer paper on the wrong side of your
appliques. The first step in preparing them is to trace
your applique patterns as I've done here onto the dull
side of freezer paper. I used a Sharpie marker. You
use the pencil or pen. The important thing is you're
tracing on the dull side, not the shiny side because
your markings won't stay on the shiny side and it's
important to have that unmarked later. Once you trace your
pattern pieces, then you cut them out exactly on the
line, so you're making really freezer paper templates. On my
templates I've written a number of where the piece goes
on my pattern, so I'll be able to keep that
straight since my leaf shapes are all similar. Once I
cut it out exactly on the drawn line I'm going
to place my template onto the fabric that I want
to use to make my leaf. Now if this was
a big pattern I might pin this piece on, but
since it's a small one. I think I can hold
it with my thumb and simply cut around the shape,
leaving about a 3/16" seam allowance. And that's not important
to be super precise. You don't have too much left,
but about 3/16". Don't cut too close, because you're going
to turn this seam allowance under. I just place it
on and turn it around. Now I'll use a different
piece. You'll see when you have your pattern and you
have a shape that matches it identically. And I'm going
to take that pattern off the top (it's not adhered
on, I was just holding on) and move it around
to the wrong side of my fabric. So what I
have is this shiny side at the freezer paper up.
The side that I printed on is going to be
down against the wrong side of my fabric. The important
step here is that the shiny side is up. Then
I'm going to finger press first that seam allowance over
the edge of the paper. And I'm just sort of
getting it started before I pick up my iron. And
going to press that fabric down. So I'll use just
the tip of the iron. And this is a place
where you might consider using a stylus or a bamboo
skewer or something with a point so you don't get
your fingers to close to the iron. What you'll see
you I move the iron away it is that because
I got the shiny side of the template up, the
fabric actually sticks to the template itself. I would continue
going around this template and I got one started here
that I'll show. You can see I started to press
that fabric to the freezer paper. It's not pressed here,
so you're just finger pressing him first, then using the
tip of iron. Don't run your tip of iron over
the center because you don't want to get the wax
from the freezer paper on the iron tip. But if
you just glide it along the edge, it will press
and adhere to their freezer paper with just a hot
iron. Now when you get to the point, you might
want to take the point of your piece and fold
it over and stick it to the freezer paper first
with your iron and then come back and fold that
edge of fabric right along next to it, finger press
it first and, and then use your iron to press
it in place. What you'll end up with is it
template that looks much like this. You'll see that fabric
has adhered all the way around. The front piece, you
have a nice little smooth curve and a sharp edge.
And these appliques prepared with the freezer paper on the
wrong side method can be used for either hand or
machine applique. With either one, you will at some point
want to take away the freezer paper template and remove
it. But if you have several pieces to prepare and
you like the nice sharp edge that freezer paper templates
create for you, you can create all your shapes ahead
of time, and then when you get ready to sit
down and stitch they're ready to just pick up and
go out. And often you can just pull that freezer
paper template out. And because you've had it pressed and
it's cooled, that edge will stay well enough for you
to put your applique piece in place and adhere it
with the method of your choice. Give it a try.


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