How to Use Freezer Paper for Appliqué {No Scrap Left Behind}

How to Use Freezer Paper for Appliqué {No Scrap Left Behind}

I use freezer paper in almost all of the projects I sew. I cannot cut any shapes freehand and cutting out, then tracing millions of tiny pieces eats away at my sewing time so I was desperate to find a method that was simple and allowed me to cut precise shapes.

How to Use Freezer Paper for Appliqué - title - No Scrap Left Behind

Learning how to use freezer paper in sewing and crafting has saved me SO MUCH time.

I usually print my templates directly on the freezer paper but you can also trace onto the paper side of the freezer paper.

How to Use Freezer Paper for Appliqué - step 1 - No Scrap Left Behind

Cut loosely around the design. You don’t need to even be close to accurate here. I usually cut close to my design when I have several pieces just so I can place my templates closer together and there is less wasted fabric.

How to Use Freezer Paper for Appliqué - step 2 - No Scrap Left Behind

Place the freezer paper template onto the scrap piece of fabric (waxy side touching the fabric) and iron. I use whatever setting I would have used for the particular fabric. The freezer paper will now be temporarily stuck to your fabric. [You might recognize this scrap of flannel from my last No Scrap Left Behind Project, the Kitty Sewing Pouch.]

How to Use Freezer Paper for Appliqué - step 3 - No Scrap Left Behind

Cut out the design, along the traced/printed lines. Make sure to cut out any inner pieces as well (such as in the “B” below.)

How to Use Freezer Paper for Appliqué - step 4 - No Scrap Left Behind

Then, proceed as you normally would with your appliqué. I like to use Heat N Bond under most appliqués because it holds the fabric in place when sewing around the edges. If you are using Heat N Bond (or a similar adhesive), it is helpful to apply it to the larger scrap of fabric BEFORE cutting your fabric (the step above.)

How to Use Freezer Paper for Appliqué - finished - No Scrap Left Behind

Rebecca and I are continuing the No Scrap Left Behind Challenge with the theme of Home Projects for the third and fourth month. You can head over to Hugs Are Fun for a round up of scrapbusting sewing projects for around the house! (Don’t forget to check out our finished scrapbusting small projects from last month – Rebecca’s and mine.)

And, next month, we will be both share the projects we made.

If you’re looking for even MORE scrapbusting ideas, check out my scrapbusting Pinterest board where I regularly post favorite projects that catch my eye.

Jump in and join us this year in sewing up our scraps! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #NoScrapLeftBehindChallenge when you share. We can’t wait to see what everyone creates!

No Scrap Left Behind Challenge