Hi – Sarah here – I don’t know if you remember, but just a few weeks ago I was frantically trying to finish my Festival of Quilts entry.  I gave you a sneak peak of my work at the end of my post where you’ll have seen some of the circles I was adding to my quilt.

I added 16 circles in all to my quilt – here they are:start

…and here’s the whole quilt – with me looking very pleased that it’s finished and hanging at the show!IMG_20180809_094926_007

Well, ever since then, I have been circle OBSESSED.  I’m adding them to everything! So I thought I’d share my super-easy circle-applique technique with you.

You will need:

  • some fabric for your circle
  • something to add your circle to
  • iron-on interlining (also known as interfacing).

Before we get started – a word about iron-on interlining/interfacing in case you haven’t used this before.  I’m using vlieseline F220 which is a lightweight iron-on interlining – you can see it in the picture in step 1 below. The ‘iron-on’ bit means that one side of the fabric has a heat activated glue on it – so don’t take it anywhere near an iron until you’re ready to stick it onto something.  And when you do iron it, you need to make sure the interlining is glue side down, and you’ve covered it to protect your iron.

If you are at all unsure – ask someone who has used the product before to give you a demonstration!

How to:

  1. Work out which side of your interlining has the glue on (it’ll feel textured and look slightly shiny) – you need to draw on the other side.  Draw a circle of the size you want with a pencil.  I drew around a cup lid.
  2. Cut the shape out roughly.  Place onto the right side of the circle fabric (pin as well if it’s a large circle).  The glue side of the interlining will be facing the right side of the fabric so it is very important that you do not go anywhere near the iron at this stage.IMG_20180830_185251957
  3. Sew around the circle to join the two pieces together and then cut out to a 1/4″ seam.
  4. Carefully pull the two layers apart and snip a hole in the interlining only. Turn the circle out the right way through the hole.  Roll the edge between your finger and thumb to make a neat edge – make sure the interlining lies underneath the circle.  You don’t want to be able to see the interlining when you look at the front of the circle.
  5. Now you can go to the iron!  Lie the circle fabric side up/interlining side down on top of your background fabric, cover and press with the iron.  I ironed my circle onto a denim skirt.
  6. The interlining will hold the circle in place while you stitch around the outside – I used tiny catch stitches so they are almost invisible but you could use machine stitching or decorative stitches if you prefer.
    The possibilities are endless – you could fussy cut pictures from a treasured fabric to decorate bags or clothing with circles.  Or add them to quilts.  Try making your own fabric first – this is what I did for my Festival quilt – I made a big piece of patchwork and then made my circles out of this.  So much fun, I really am circle obsessed at the moment – I hope you love them as much as I do!!

Thank you to vlieseline for their generous sponsorship of Young Quilters.

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