Updated on July 5, 2022 by Sarina
Sheer appliques are embroidered patches made on a sheer fabric. Sheer fabric with embroidery (machine or hand embroidery) on top can be cut out, and this can be appliqued on fabric for a beautiful look. Here are the easy ways to do it.
Sheer fabrics like organdy, organza or net are usually used for this kind of applique.
Advantages of sheer applique
One advantage of using a sheer applique is that the work on the sheer fabric will stand out as if the work is done on the base fabric itself – especially if you manage to sew it with invisible stitches.
Sometimes you may have a nicely embroidered net or organza fabric, and you wish to add this to another fabric. You can then cut out the embroidered part with some extra allowance all around or without (for fabrics that do not fray like net) and attach it to the base fabric using hand embroidery stitches or machine embroidery.
Sometimes you are compelled to embroider on the sheer fabric; this is the case when you have loosely woven base fabric.
When you are embroidering with a sewing machine or embroidery machine on a lot of loose-weave fabrics, there can be puckering which is really frustrating. But embroidering on tightly woven sheer fabrics like organza is a way out of this problem. You can then attach the embroidered organza to the base fabric using applique stitches.
Starch or interface the base fabric
The base fabric will have to be interfaced or starched before appliqueing on top of it. You can dip the fabric in some diluted liquid starch, and then when it is a little damp, iron it flat. After this, you can applique on the fabric. This will give the fabric a little stability and you can easily applique.
Baste stitch the applique on the base fabric. You can use small applique stitches to attach the sheer applique on the fabric. Or use your sewing machine stitches…
Usually, a tight zig-zag stitch is made around the design – it is better if you can sew close to the design.
After the stitching is done, cut off the extra fabric which lies outside the stitches.