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How to Add Fake Trapunto Applique Pieces to Your Quilts

Last Updated on August 1, 2019 by wendigratz

How to Do Fake Trapunto Applique - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

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Sign up for Let’s Make a Quilt here. You’ll learn how to get started, the tools and supplies you’ll need, and how to make a quilt from start to finish using Quilt As You Go and applique with fusible adhesive.

It’s the easiest, most fun way to make an applique quilt. You can do it!

See the tree in that quilt block?

It’s puffy – like traditional trapunto.

But I didn’t use the (crazy labor-intensive) traditional trapunto technique. I used a fun and easy fake trapunto applique technique I developed to give the monsters in this quilt googly eyes, like this. . .

Calling them "faux trapunto eyes with needle sculpted pupils" makes them sound really hard to make - and they're not - so I just call them googly eyes. :-)

So much fun!

Here’s the video tutorial showing how to do it.

You can use this technique for clouds and trees, like I show in the video, but also for any relatively simple shape. Just choose something big enough to be able to turn it right side out after sewing, with an outline that’s primarily gentle curves or wide points.

By the way – the houses shown in the video are all made with the Shiny Happy Houses quilt pattern.

Have fun with it!

Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World


  1. Lydia King SAYS...

    Thanks for your tutorials. I love them.

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