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How to Stop Seeing through Fabric Applique

Close up of frog applique demonstrating how to stop seeing through fabric applique. Text reads: How to Minimize Show-through on White Eyes.

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I get a lot of questions about how to stop seeing through fabric applique – especially on my frog and monster patterns that have big googly eyes.

When you use fusible adhesive and layer a light color (like white) over a boldly patterned fabric, the print below can show through.

In this video I show you how to minimize that show-through. It’s really easy!

I rarely use light-colored solids, so this isn’t often an issue for me – but it does come up when I want to make big googly eyes. ๐Ÿ™‚

I actually don’t mind seeing through the fabric applique a little bit (it can be kind of cool to be able to see how something is made) so sometimes I’ll use a lighter-weight interfacing like you see me use in the video.

If you want more complete coverage, this is the interfacing that I recommend. It’s one step thicker than the one I use in the video – still nice and flexible, but with better hiding properties. ๐Ÿ™‚

Want to make your eyes extra-googly? Use this faux-trapunto technique. Zero show through and extra cuteness. ๐Ÿ™‚

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. :-)

Now that you know how to stop seeing through your fabric applique, want to practice?

You can get that pond frog pattern here, a tree frog here, and there are fun googly-eyed monster patterns here, here, and here.

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Cathie SAYS...

    OUCH what did you do to your thumb ๐Ÿ™

  2. Maaike SAYS...

    Thank you for sharing this sewing tip Wendy – very handy to know.