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Hand applique is a simple crafting technique that layers fabric shapes on top of another to make a design. Applique is the French word meaning "to put on." The technique adds interest to anything made from fabric, and allows you to work in all those wonderful scraps of fabric you adore but couldn't find a way to use. You can make this pretty applique pillow in an afternoon.
Trace or draw your desired pattern onto template plastic using a template pencil. (Unlike a regular pencil, a template pencil will not smear.)
Carefully cut out the pattern on the drawn line.
To prepare the shape for appliqueing, tuck the seam allowance under and hand-press it in place. You may need to make small cuts into the seam allowance to achieve smooth results on curved edges.
Pin the prepared shape in place on the base fabric. Baste near the edge to hold in place. Remove the pins.
For variation, cut out your shape on the traced line (no seam allowance is needed), and blanket-stitch your applique shape in a contrasting- or coordinating-color embroidery floss.