How to Applique More Than One Layer

Applique for the most part is fairly simple.  The process involves finding a shape, tracing it, cutting it out and ironing or sewing it in place.  What happens though if you want to take things to a different level and layer them!

There are a few techniques that you can use for this kind of layered applique.  The first one would be reverse applique- where you layer them, and then cut away the layer to reveal the fabric underneath.  This can be repeated multiple times until you get to the look you want.

How to applique mutliple layers. tutorial and how to patchwork posse

The other technique that would work — just layer it!  It is that simple, but not there are some things that you need to consider when layering multiple applique pieces.

* How many layers will there be in the end?  The higher the number is, the more it will affect the materials you use.

* Will you be using heatnbond on your pieces?  If so, you will want to make sure you use the lite weight.  That way you don’t build up this mountain of layers that your needle won’t be able to sew through.

* Pay attention when you cut the pieces….if you are adding a highlight fabric, cut the piece smaller than the original template. That way the original fabric will still show.

* Are you hand sewing or button hole embroidery? You might want to fuse a few pieces together, hand embroider and then fuse the larger pieces underneath. Embroidery again and then fuse again.  This method works well when you are using multiple layers of wool felt.

-showing color on the outside edge of the applique- raw edge applique , reverse applique method

Have any other suggestions or ideas on how to applique more than one layer? 

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