I wanted to share with you my recent discovery of starch basting for appliqué. This method could easily be used for either machine or hand appliqué. I found it much easier than the glueing method that I have been using for awhile...and much much cleaner! This works for me I take no responsibility for burnt fabric or fingers!! All pictures should be clickable for a larger view.
You will need spray starch or fabric finish, a paintbrush, a hot iron (I've used a travel iron...though you could use a clover mini iron) and freezer paper.
Spray a little starch into the lid.
Draw your appliqué shapes onto the dull side of the freezer paper. (remembering to mirror image any directional objects) Lay a second layer of freezer paper underneath..shiny side down and iron together fusing the 2 layers together with a hot iron. This gives the freezer paper a bit more body. It not only gives you a better edge to fold the fabric against, but it means you can use the template more than once.
Cut out your shapes on the line you've drawn.
Iron your shape onto the wrong side of your fabric
Cut around the shape leaving a scant 1/4" seam allowance.
Paint a small amount of starch in the seam allowance.
Use a hot iron and your finger tips to push the seam allowance against the edge of the template, easing the fabric onto the back of the freezer paper. Use the iron to dry the starch and in doing so the fabric will stay in place.
Points! This is my way of doing points...works for me. I fold the edge over so the fold lines up with the edge of the template then I fold it over to the back....if you have a look at the pictures..it might make sense :o)
Once you've gone all around your shape. Leave to cool a bit and then pull the freezer paper out. The fabric will hold the shape and you can then use the template again. I've used mine up to about 10-15 times before they need replacing.
Now you piece is ready to appliqué!