Tutorial #1: How to Transfer Patterns for Hand Applique

Here is my method for using freezer paper to transfer your applique patterns to fabric without a light box.

The first thing you do is trace your pattern onto the freezer paper. I am using standard freezer paper that you buy in the grocery store to wrap meat. The paper is translucent and you can easily see your marks. It has a shiny side and a dull side. We are marking on the dull side.1-trace

After it is traced, cut it out with paper scissors. 2-cut

Place the paper pattern on the right side of your applique fabric, shiny side down, and press with a dry iron until the paper sticks. Make sure you leave at least a 1/4″ seam allowance all the way around. 3-press

Trim away the excess fabric leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance all the way around. Trace right up against the paper with a standard pencil all the way around.4-trace

Now to get the rest of the pattern lines traced to the front of the fabric. We will carefully peel up part of the paper… 5-cut

Now cut with paper scissors along the drawn line. This is the line that separates the two back legs. The back leg will be cut away. Now hold the paper back down and trace along the fresh cut. 6-cut

Continue cutting all the drawn lines and mark along the fresh cuts as you go. In some places like his hip and his jaw line, you simply fold the paper back to draw the line. 7-cut

Save the eye for last. Peel all the paper off and cut across to the eye. Cut the eye out leaving a hole in the paper. Lay the paper back down, matching the drawn lines, and trace the inside of the eye hole with the pencil. The pupil is just a circle. I simply freehand this or you may use a circle template if you have one.9-eye

And that’s all there is to it. Your fabric is clearly and accurately marked for sewing. 10-finish

11-closeupThis bunny pattern is from my book “Bunnies & More”. Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 which will cover the rest of the process. For a tutorial on sewing the eyes follow this link.

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One Response to Tutorial #1: How to Transfer Patterns for Hand Applique

  1. Rita Smith says:

    I’m so happy to find your site. I own a shop in Cordova, TN, (QuiltSmiths), and I have Cats, Darling Little Dogs, and bunnies. I’ve taught others how to do them but have not done any for myself. I love your new books and I’m going to make time to make them for myself. Thanks so much!

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