No, the title doesn’t mean I’m still at the holiday punch, it just means I like using paper punches as a tool for appliqué. Since I use many circles for my appliquéd flowers, I thought I would share this technique with you. With so many scrapbook aficionados out there, different sized paper punches are very popular. These punches work perfectly to make appliqué templates.
As I cut out the petal and leaf templates, it isn’t as critical to be absolutely perfect, but I want my circles to be circles! I just can’t get a nice even circle, cutting with scissors. When it comes to cutting out circles, I end up with jagged edges, when I try smoothing them out, I get something resembling an oval. Paper punches cut perfect circles and I have them in sizes from 1/4″ to 1-1/2″ just no 7/8″!
If you are wondering where I have found them, mostly by watching for scrapbooking sales at Hobby Lobby, Joanne’s, Michael’s or googling the size I want on the internet. Since these are not in heavy use, I have not purchased the most expensive ones.
To make the templates, stack four layers of freezer paper, shiny side down and iron them together.
Punch away for perfect circles, without tedious cutting. Use this freezer paper thickness for scissor cut circles, too. The reason to use freezer paper instead of template plastic or thick paper is that the freezer paper is ironed to the fabric, sticking enough that you can gather the fabric around it!
So how do I use these punched circles? Even if you cut your circles with scissors, the following method is the same.
Wasn’t that easy? Your fabric circle is now ready to be appliquéd.
Tags: appliqué, batik, block-of-the-month, BOM, fabric, paper punch, starch, tutorial
Thank you Barbara what a neat idea.
I am always on the lookout for ways to make things easier.