Pictorial Guide to No-Hole Back Basting
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Pin Method of Placement
Method 2: For this demonstration we will switch from our heart appliqué to a leaf. This leaf is part of a larger design and has already been drawn on the backside of the background fabric. The leaf is on the bottom layer of the design.
We will begin by placing pins around the leaf that we have chosen to appliqué. Place these pins on the back of the background fabric. I place the pins about 1/4" outside the pencil line.
When we flip our work to the front side, we see the pins that we have placed around the leaf.
Next we will place the fabric that we have chosen for the leaf, over the pins on the right side of our work. We can either use small scraps or larger pieces such as fat quarters.
All that is necessary is that the fabric we choose covers the pins. Place the fabric so that one or two edges are almost on the pins. This will waste the least amount of fabric. Pin appliqué fabric in place on the front. If possible, I like to pin outside the set of pins that we placed on the back.
Flip the work to the backside. You may take out the pins that you placed on the back of the fabric. Your appliqué fabric will be held in place by the pins you placed on the front. Now using a heavy, coarse, contrasting thread and a large needle, baste around the leaf. Stitch directly on the drawn line. I have found that taking medium length stitches works well. Stitches that are too small will be difficult to take out when stitching. I use long stitches to baste areas of the design that will be under other appliqué pieces.
Note the arrow to the left is pointing to the medium length stitches I use to mark my stitching line. The arrow to the right is pointing to the longer stitches I use to mark the area that will be underneath the next appliqué piece.
Complete this step by trimming around the appliqué piece. Use a seam allowance width that you feel comfortable with. It will probably be about 3/16” wide. I find it helps to “eyeball” the stitching line if I keep my seam allowance as even as possible.
As you can see, we will be able to get another leaf out of our scrap of green