Thursday, December 8, 2011

Comfort and Joy Guest from Australia Helen with her Appliqué the gluestick way

update: Please go on over to my blog to download the pattern sheet - sorry, can't seem to get it up here... Hugs, Helen

Wow, what an honour to be invited to be a regular visitor to Madam Samm’s blog for you all… but being a very busy time of year for us all, particularly down here in Australia as we are heading to our big summer break and end of year activities…. I have had to quickly make something up for you last night…. not so bad, that means you too still have time to make it for Christmas…
so, I thought I’d show you my gluestick appliqué technique. If you have always been scared of needleturn appliqué but love the look, then this is the answer for you.
what you need:
A Sewline Glue pen (and why you’re at it get a few refills too)
Floriani Stitch n wash fusible – just google it
Some fabric – about two fat eights
and some needle and thread…
to make this:
First, download and print out the template page. Trace each appliqué piece (from the reversed sheet) onto the non fuse (the non shiny) side of the Floriani – I like to use a Sewline ceramic pencil to do this.
where one piece sits under another make a mark so you know you do not need to turn this edge under.P1090486
Cut out each shape smoothly.
fuse the pieces to the wrong side of your chosen fabrics.
cut out leaving a small seam allowance – about 1/8” is enough.
Clip into inner points and curves only.
Using the Sewline glue pen (yes you can use any water soluble glue stick but these are much less messy, go on blue and dry clear so you can see where you have been, and are sticky enough to hold instantly) P1090493
run a line of glue around the edge of your Floriani template – just do a small section at a time
Using a thumb and finger press over the seam allowance onto the glue.
take care to get nice smooth curves – we don't want pointy curves. If you are having trouble you may need to trim back the seam allowance a little further. Continue around the complete shape BUT – remember you don't have to turn over where you made those marks – where the edge is going to be sitting under another piece.
Next, position your pattern sheet (the right way around) onto a lightbox. Smooth your piece of background fabric over the top. Using the gluepen layer and glue each piece into position (you can see the design through your fabric, use this to position the pieces).
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Mark the string lines and using a grey Sewline pencil and the lines on the bauble using white (if you used a dark red fabric).
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Now you can appliqué down all of your prepared pieces as normal using a blind appliqué stitch and a matching thread. I love the Superbobs donuts from Superior threads for this as you get a little bit of lots of colours all housed neatly in a donut so always at hand… If you cannot get a matching thread then use a blending thread such as grey – if your stitches are correct you wont see it anyway.
Once all of your pieces are stitched down fuse some stabiliser to the back of your piece. Place it into a 6” embroidery hoop and embroider as follows:
The strings are stitched using a chain stitch. The top row and the bottom row on the bauble are feather stitch. The two inner rows are first stitched in herringbone and then a pistil stitch is placed at each inner junction. I used a cream Presencia Finca Perle #16 thread and a Hugs ‘n Kisses Stitchery needle.
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You could choose to do more, different or no embroidery – just thought you may like to practise your newly learned skills from Stitched Sundays.. if you don't remember them you can always download my new Hugs ‘n Kisses App – there are links on there to each step by step tutorial and diagrams of many stitches. – and its free…
To finish your little banner layer with batting and backing and bind the outside edges – I curved the bottom edge so a bias binding is better for this curve. Place some hanging tabs at the top and hang your little banner of Joy.
So now you can master perfect appliqué circles- everyone's biggest fear…. and I love circles and use them in so many of my designs so this works perfectly for me also..
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happy gluesticking….


  1. I love using the gluestick method...its my favorite way to prepare applique pieces. The banner is sweet and could be made in any color scheme, to remind us to live each day joyfully. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial.

  2. I love the banner, and would love to make it, but I can't find the templates. Can anyone please tell me where to find them?
    Greetings, Aaltje

  3. What a great project! I have never used this giue stick method so will have to try it. Thanks!

  4. So adorable...seems that is my word for today!

  5. Good Morning Helen....JOY is what you certainly bring into our lives among many other things...thanks for your JOYFUL tut...

  6. Beautiful!!!I love that colors and design:)

  7. Great idea.Thanks you for the awesome tutorial.

  8. I had heard somewhere that the glue stick method was a good one - thanks for such a good tutorial! Circles are difficult for me, so I bet this will help!

  9. Thanks Helen for your tips in making a perfect circle! Love your patterns...

  10. Yes, where do you find the templates. want to be quilting

  11. This is a super helpful tutorial! Thank you so much!

  12. Hello Helen, we are guest blogging buddies today. What a cute design you have created. I've never tried either needle turn nor this glue method. It definitely looks fool proof tho. I must try it!

  13. Hi Helen. Not sure where the link for your templte is..please help....thx

  14. I'd love to make this but I couldn't find the template I missing it? blessings, marlene

  15. Once we find the template...I can see I'm going to be in big trouble...squeezing in all these holiday tutorials might just keep me busy until Christmas Eve...hurray...then I don't have to cook or shop :)


  16. Looking for the templates as well.


  17. This is a cute banner. When I first saw the picture, I thought, "oh, we're making a toilet seat cover, today!". I think it would make a good cover...sometimes there is JOY in the bathroom!

  18. hehe he Beckie, what a great idea... I have put the download for the pattern sheet over on my blog as it doesnt seem to be here??? go to to collect and print it - I even sized it to Letter size paper for you all - aussies, it will still fit onto A4 for you..hugs Helen


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