Today I thought I’d post my illustrations showing how to hand-appliqué points. When I was learning to appliqué, this was one of the biggest mysteries to me, and when I finally “got it” my confidence took a big boost.
To begin with, you’ll want a turning allowance of no more than 3/16″. A quarter inch is just too much bulk to stuff under a point.
The stitches are exaggerated for illustration purposes.
Sew to within two or three stitches of the point.
Trim off the folded-under puppydog ear that is sticking out the other side of the point.
Fold the tip down square across.
Take the remaining stitches to the point, the last one coming right out of the tip.
Turn the project.
Starting at the point, tuck the turning allowance under. Don’t try to start further up and work down to the point. There will be no room at the point for the turning allowance if you try to do that. Work from the very point upwards.
When all is arranged satisfactorily, continue to stitch.
I hope this is helpful to you if you’ve found pointy points to be a mystery too.
Until next time,
By Kay Mackenzie
All graphics © Kay Mackenzie