Today we are sharing Diane’s proven method for creating perfect small circles for applique. A trusted variation of the perfect circle method using washers, our version is totally reusable, and eliminates bulk and the need for specially sized washers. This method is especially helpful for our “Forever Bound” Block of the Month and best for circles too small for the regular needle-turned method.
- Freezer paper
- Needle and thread
Begin by cutting 6-8 squares of freezer paper bigger than your applique circle. Take two of the squares and stack them together with the shiny side of each paper facing down (or away from the iron). Iron the squares together, then continue by adding another square to the top of the pile and iron it on. Repeat with all remaining squares. This will create a thick, sturdy stack of freezer paper squares that are ironed together. Let this cool for a minute or two until it stiffens up nicely.
Trace your circle onto the paper stack with a pencil and cut the circle out. Cut a larger circle of fabric and sew a running stitch all the way around the edge of the fabric circle, leaving the needle and thread attached.
Place the stacked paper circle inside the fabric circle with the shiny side facing the fabric. Pull the thread to tighten the fabric around the paper circle. Knot the thread and trim the ends.
Iron the fabric and paper circle on both sides, making sure to iron the cinched up fabric flat from the outer edge of the circle to the inside. After ironing, cut the thread and remove from the fabric. Take the stacked paper out from the inside of the fabric. Your perfect circle is ready to applique onto your fabric of choice.
Using a small needle and silk thread, whip stitch the circle to your fabric and iron on both sides.
We used regular thread for this tutorial to make it easier to see, but the silk thread will blend in and look fabulous. That’s it; you have a perfect circle in the perfect size!
Audrey & Diane