Appliqué is a needlework technique where smaller pieces of fabric or other materials are sewn unto a larger piece to form a picture or pattern.

Materials required:

  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing pins
  • Scraps of fabric, felt and leather, beads, etc


  • Arrange the materials on the base fabric and secure with sewing pins
  • Stitch the materials unto the fabric using the sewing machine
  • Using the zig-zag stitch prevents unravelling
Testing of applique techniques (Hand-sewn and machine-sewn)

Applications include:

  • This technique is decorative and can be used on wearables, furnishings, and even on paper
  • It can be hand or machine sewn
Images sourced from Pinterest

Personal reflections:

This technique reminds me of decoupage where the surface is built up through the addition of interesting materials, resulting in a meaningful piece of work even if the elements are distinctly different. Also, the stitches play a role in the final appearance!

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