Use Applique Designs for Trapunto Effects

Do you like the look of trapunto? Try this easy technique.

In its pure form, trapunto is a tedious method of quilting multiple layers of fabric, slitting the back, and stuffing it to add dimension. Trapunto Rose Quilt Block 2 from Ace Points Embroidery is made in the hoop and there are dozens of other trapunto designs on our site.

Applique can be easily adapted to achieve much the same result using the placement and tack-down stitches.

­­­­Load your applique design, fabric and stabilizer. Run a basting stitch and place two layers of low-loft batting over it. Run placement stitches to tack down the batting. Carefully trim away excess batting (bottom).

Place fabric over the batting and run the tack down (top). Carefully trim away excess fabric close to the stitch lines (bottom).

Continue with stitching until the design is finished.

The applique has dimension without cutting and stuffing the base fabric.

Any satin-stitched applique design where you would like to add more height and separation from the base fabric will work well with this technique. Here are some examples.

Applique Butterfly 1 from KC Dezigns

Smiling Santas from Kreative Kiwi

Inspirational Words Applique 2 from Threads of Embroidery