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Back Basting + Reverse Applique Tutorial

This is the technique I use when I applique string blocks.


String blocks are inheritably seam heavy, which makes them a little more difficult to applique.

This combination of techniques will help manage the problem


Prepare the Sewing Machine:
1. Set the machine to a stitch length of 4-5.
2. Insert a large sized needle, such as a 90/14.
3. Thread the machine with a heavy thread in a contrasting color.


Prepare the Background Fabric:
1. Fold the background fabric in half vertically; press in a heavy crease.
2. Add a horizontal crease in the same fashion. These marks will serve as placement guides.


Prepare the Templates
Prepare a set of templates in your preferred template medium (freezer paper, template plastic, cardboard, etc).

I used freezer paper (one thickness).


Prepare the Applique:
Use the templates and an erasable fabric marker to trace the complete design onto the right side of the background fabric.


Position a string block under the first area to be appliqued. Both the background and the block should be right side up.



Pin to hold.


Take the entire piece to the sewing machine and baste together, sewing right on the drawn line.



Cut the inner portion of the applique area out of the background fabric,

exposing the string block beneath and leaving a ¼’’ seam allowance.




Choose an area to start stitching.

Pop several of the basting stitches (about 2’’) and clip the threads free.


The holes left by the basting process will serve as the seam line.

Turn the fabric under, to the ‘‘seam line’’ and begin the process of needle turn applique.

(Notice in the photo above that you can see the needle holes in the top fabric, and in

the photo below you can see the holes in the bottom fabric. Both serve as excellent guides.)



Continue to pop stitches and applique until the piece has been completely stitched down.


Turn the project over and trim the excess fabric from the string block, leaving a

¼’’ seam allowance all the way around the perimeter of the applique.



Flip it back over and press.