- Cut a circle out of stiff cardboard that is the exact size as finshed fabric disk.
- Cut a circle out of the fabric, about 1/2 inch larger in diameter than the cardboard disk.
- Put a dab of glue stick glue in the middle of the cardboard disk and stick it to the wrong side of the fabric disk, centering it.
- Hand sew a running gathering stitch about 1/4 inch in from the edge of the fabric, on the right side and all around the circumference, then pull it tight. Tie it off so the fabric is pulled tightly against the edge of the cardboard.
- Spray (lots of spray) all the gathered folds on the underside with starch and carefully press till dry.
- Flip the disk over and spray the top side, then press it really well. The whole thing should be dry and hot!
- Allow to cool, then use your seam ripper to loosen those gathering stitches you made, just until you can get your finger under the fabric and pull the cardboard out, about 1/4 of the way around.
- Press the folded gathers back down (where you stretched them out) and then press the front again.
- Voila! A perfect disk just ready to applique!
|Top Right: fabric circle; Bottom Center: cardboard disk on fabric; Bottom Left: Stitched, gathered, starched and pressed; Top Center: finished perfect disks!|
You can see below the underside of this Dresden Plate after I appliqued the disk on the center front and trimmed the excess fabric away from the underside.
One plate with a perfect circle disk in the center completed. Only 11 more to go!