Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sharp Points Part 2

Have any of you tried the hints for sharp points that I posted last time? I hope something will click and help you make your points sharper. Today I'm going to show you another way. First trace the shape onto the appliqué piece with a fine line chalk pencil. Appliqué the right side of the shape using the needleturn method of appliqué.

I sew from the right side of any appliqué. You can see above that I've sewn the right side of the point and taken it all the way to the end. Take an extra stitch just like any other appliqué point.


Next cut a slit in the background fabric underneath the appliqué piece. Cut all the way to the point, which is at the bottom in the picture above). I've also cut at about a 90* angle out towards the left, still underneath the appliqué shape. This will give us some flexibility.

If you look closely at the picture above you can see the slit reaches the point, but does not cut past the point or cut through threads.

Next, flip the appliqué shape down I to the background and the background is then on top. So what you are looking at is the right side of the appliqué piece on top of the background and the left side of the appliqué is underneath the background.


Next drag the needle from the bottom up towards the point, turning under the background seam allowance right to the chalk line on the background. This seam will be revers appliquéd. Take an extra stitch just like you would an inverse point on appliqué to catch all the tiny fabric threads at the point.

This part might feel a little backwards, but after a time or two, it gets easier. Continue to reverse appliqué the left seam allowance.

This isn't a very good picture but you can see the point is sharp if you look closely. You can try this on the elongated stars in the appliqué border of The Gardens Of A King, my version of the King George III Coverlet. It works pretty good once you get the hang of it! Give this a try and see what you think! I'd love to hear back from you!

Take care, and don't forget to tell someone you love how much you care about them today!




  1. That does make a nice point and a nice way to make one without the frustration.


  2. A great way to get a sharp fine point. Thank you for sharing

  3. I have never seen this before. I will give it a try but have the feeling it will take a little practice, sort of a right handed person trying to write left handed.

    Thanks for sharing. I love your tut's.

  4. wow! that is such a neat way to do sharp points. i hope i can remember to do that next time i am appliqueing.

  5. What an incredibly sensible and exact way to do those fine points!
    Not in a millions years would I have thought that technique out, so many, many thanks!