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Looking for a fun and easy embroidery pattern? Get this rainbow punch needle pattern and stick around to learn how to turn it into a rainbow applique!

Turn Embroidery Into an Applique

It's easy to turn your punch needle or embroidery pieces into iron-on appliques!
Course Crafts
Cuisine Embroidery
Keyword punch needle, rainbow
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cost 5



  • If your embroidery piece is punch needle or if it is on aida cloth or another material that easily frays, apply stabilizer to the back of the applique and the surrounding material according to package directions.
    With the front (pretty) side of the punched rainbow on your work surface, apply single-sided interfacing according to the package directions.
  • Using sharp scissors trim the excess cloth around the applique leaving approximately 0.25" all around the design.
    Using sharp scissors, trim the rainbow from the backing material. Leave approximately 0.25 inch all around the design as you trim.
  • Using a needle and yarn or embroidery floss, whip stitch around the applique to hide the raw edge.
    Using a needle and yarn or embroidery floss, whip stitch around the rainbow to hide the raw edge.
  • Place a piece of double-sided interfacing shiny side down on the back of your applique. Trace the design on interfacing and cut out.
    With the shiny side down on the back of the rainbow, trace along the whip stitching.
  • Leaving the paper backing in place, apply the double-sided interfacing to the back of the applique according to package directions. Go around the design to ensure that the interfacing is fully adhered. Apply more heat where necessary until flush.
    Apply shiny side down and adhere according to your package's directions.
  • When ready to iron the applique onto another surface, remove the paper backing and secure in place using heat.
    When ready to apply your rainbow applique, peel away the paper backing.


For more help or to download the rainbow punch needle pattern seen here, please visit the full tutorial at: https://www.dreamalittlebigger.com/post/rainbow-punch-needle-pattern-applique-tutorial.html