QUILT#101 – Fun with Interfacing

How to add a perfect shape to any project!

By Linda Smoker 

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Creating a smooth, perfect curve for circles, half circles or quarter circles is not always an easy task. Here’s a way that guarantees smooth lines that is also quick and easy! This method can also be used to create other shapes, such as squares and triangles. After creating your desired shape, you can machine or hand appliqué your piece to the appropriate background.

Fun with Interfacing




1. Using a pattern or template, trace and cut out the desired shape from lightweight interfacing, making sure there is a 1/4″ seam allowance. Cut an identical shape from fabric.

2. Sew the two shapes, right sides together, around the outside edge, using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

3. Cut a slit in the center of the interfacing and turn the shape, right side out. (Note: If needed, clip seam up to thread, being carefuly not to cut thread.) Using a blunt, pointed object such as a pencil, gently push out and smooth the edges of shape. Press. (Note: A full circle can be cut in half or quarters to get a half circle or quarter circle shape.)

4. Appliqué the shape to the background fabric using a hand or machine method.

5. Turn the appliquéd background fabric over to the back side and trim the excess fabric and interfacing from behind the stitched shape to reduce bulk, if desired. Press.

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