Modified Easy Starch Applique

OK. So let me just say first, I originally was going to show a method to do applique with fusible interfacing, but after several less than stellar attempts yesterday I decided to try a different method. I will add that the interfacing method does work really really well on rounded easier shapes, but because I’m doing raindrops with pointy tips it just wasn’t working.

So here’s the thing, there’s an easy starch applique tutorial here at Sew Mama, Sew! by Joanna from Fig Tree & Co. My problem with that tutorial is she uses freezer paper and the pattern isn’t already on the fabric. Her process just didn’t suit what I needed to do, which is get this dew drops print into applique form. To further complicate it the drops are in four sizes. cutting out all that freezer paper, when the pattern was already on the fabric, seemed like a lot of extra effort. And anyone who knows me knows I always use the most efficient method possible.

So here’s MY version of easy starch applique.

You’ll need starch, your iron, your fabric, scissors, and a little cup.


1. Cut out your shape with a 1/4 inch border all around.

2. Spray some spray starch into a little cup.

3. With your fingertip, or a brush, brush some starch all around the edge of the fabric. Don’t skimp.


4. With your fingers, your iron, and a lot of patience, start folding the border back, little by little, ironing as you go. When you come to curves of any kind, snip in, but don’t snip all the way to the edge of the print! Just a little will do fine.


5. After your first couple of centimeters I find it’s easier to flip the piece over, fold under a little bit, then I hold the folded bit against the ironing board until I can get the tip of the iron down to set the crease.


6. Fold all around the edge of the piece. If your piece has a point like mine, I put some extra starch on the back of the piece at that fold, and quickly press just that point. Don’t move the iron. Then snip off the excess, following the edge of the print. The less you have to snip off, the better.


Aren’t they cute?!


 7. Before you begin sewing, figure out where you want your pieces to go.


8. I like to put some basting tape on the back of the pieces before I sew them. It would be better to use double-sided fusible interfacing, just cut it a little smaller than your piece. I didn’t have any on hand tho, so basting tape it was. Then stick them to the fabric or iron them on.


9. Sew all around the edge with a 1/8″ seam allowance, and make sure you backstitch in a straightaway. Try not to make it too obvious though, it stands out. I also like to put some fray stop on the points, they have a tendency to fray no matter how much starch you use.


10. That’s it, you’re done! Lookit that cuteness! 😀

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2 Responses to Modified Easy Starch Applique

  1. Linda Hartley September 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

    That looks so cute!! Clever that you figured it out. Can’t wait to see the finished product with the lining and the applique.

  2. Wendy September 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    Another great idea. I have only done applique once and I didn’t like it. I may give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

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