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How to Needle Turn Applique – make a Journal Cover

Needle Turn Applique.


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Date and Time of Class: June 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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The “How to” series of workshops with experienced teacher and textile artist, designer Gary Mills, are short micro workshops to help you improve and develop skills in varying sewing and textiles processes. In this workshop Gary will guide you through needle turn applique.

What You Will Learn in this Workshop

This is a lovely traditional hand-crafted method of stitching an appliqué motif in which the tip of the sewing needle is turned under the raw edges of the fabric while stitching it to the background.
From a simple supplied floral design, the workshop will take you through approaches and methods to achieving good results.  The outcome is an A5 book or journal cover.

Level of Experience

  • The class is suitable for the beginner or the intermediate with some hand sewing experience. If you just fancy a relaxing morning mindfully hand stitching and honing a skill then this is the class for you.

Materials / Equipment required by Attendees

  • Materials
    • Base and inner fabric either natural cotton or linen in white or cream. (20” x 11”) x 2
    • For the floral design you only need tint scraps, therefore a small selection (stash) of light weight pure cotton fabric in plain colours or small ditsy prints that could work together as a design.
    • You may require some batting / wadding or similar for quilting stitches around your design.
    • A5 small sketch /book/ journal or book to put your cover on.


    • Hand sewing needles (size 10 or 11 is suitable)
    • Small sharp scissors & paper scissors
    • Good quality thread matching with the appliqué pieces (try and match with the stash you bring along)
    • Freezer paper A4 (can be purchased on the day)
    • Pencil
    • Embroidery thread (stranded DMC or Pearle)
    • Optional: A small travel iron and ironing mat although the studio has irons to use.
    • Optional: Sewing machine to finish the journal cover or can be hand stitched

    If you do not have a Sewing Machine, or don’t want to bring your own, you can use one of our latest Brother demonstration machines for the nominal fee of £3.00 per session.


  • Gary Mills