This is a very quick and simple, no bells and whistles, circle applique tute requiring nothing but fabric, scissors, needle, thread and a piece of card – a cereal packet is perfect – and a glass/bowl/plate to draw around. I’m posting it, here, because several people have asked me how I do my dresden centres.
Step 1. Cut one circle the size you want your circle to finish at from card and one circle about 1/2″ bigger all round from fabric.
Step 2. Tie a knot in your thread and sew around your fabric circle with a running stitch. Lay your card on top of your fabric, pull the stitches tight and secure firmly.
Step 3. Press VERY hard to get a good edge to your circle.
Step 4. Cut through a stitch. .
Step 5. Ease out your card template (the yellow stripes are the back of my fabric).