These are the items I use when starting my prep work for a new hand applique project or block…
> Reynold’s freezer paper – for making applique templates
> extra fine point Sharpie marker – to draw applique shapes on the freezer paper. Or, to trace a duplicate of the original design onto exam table paper.
> mechanical pencil with .7mm lead – to trace around the template onto the RIGHT side of my fabrics. To trace my design onto the background fabric.
> serrated scissors – to cut applique shapes from fabric and > paper scissors – to cut out the freezer paper templates
> leather or (PDF) thimble – to preserve the integrity of my fingertip as I sew
> Mettler 60/2 cotton thread – because it “melts” into my applique shapes, is readily available and comes in a variety of colors
> Purple Thang – it’s my “perfect” tool…stiletto, 1/4 inch measurer, and SEW much more!!!
> Thread Heaven – conditions my thread to prevent fraying, twisting, knots and breaking
> a sand paper folder – to prevent fabric distortion as I trace around templates
> small portable ironing surface and an iron
> poster putty – to keep my pattern and fabric in place as I trace. Doesn’t leave a residue, is reusable and won’t tear or damage a pattern
> Magic Sizing and a childs paint brush
> a “fancy” tooth pick – because I can not use a needle to do “needle turn applique” The tooth pick provides much greater control and ease when I stitch!
*Zoom in and look at the metal tip to the lower left of my glue bottle. That’s from Sharon Schamber and it is perfect!!! I learned this technique when taking a class with her. It eliminates the need for applique pins, basting stitches, back basting, or using a glue stick!!!
**You will also need your pattern and fabric, of course! ; )
You may wish to see my step by step trace to prep tutorial too…
And, my hand applique process…