Needle Turn Appliqué Tools

Here are my favorite tools for needle-turn appliqué.

Lemongrass and Leaf Sew Fine Thread Gloss . Carolyn Friedlander


Thread for Basting: 50 wt Aurifil cotton thread in a contrasting color to the appliqué fabric (cut shape or top layer)

Thread for Appliqué: 80 wt Aurifil cotton thread in a color that matches the appliqué fabric (cut shape or top layer)

+ Read more about the various Aurifil thread weights and options.

+ Aurifil in the shop.

Pins, Needles and Clips:

Appliqué Pins: Clover Appliqué Size 12

Appliqué Needles: Clover Gold Eye Appliqué Needles No. 10.

Clips: Clover Mini Wonder Clips (These are great for holding multiple layers together when cutting a folded shape.)

+ Shop Notions.

Clover Mini Wonder Clips


Large fabric scissors for cutting your shapes: Kai 7230, Kai 7170 or Kai 7150, depending on the project.

Small fabric scissors for cutting threads, clipping seam allowances, etc: Kai N5100, Kai N5100 Serrated or Kai 7100.

+ Read my scissor guide.

+ Shop Kai scissors.

Kai 7170 Scissor

Marking Tool:

Frixion Pen in red or navy for light to medium-color fabrics

Gelly Roll White Pen for dark fabrics (Note: This is not a removable marking tool, but that isn’t a problem for marking and cutting out appliqué shapes.)

*ALWAYS test any marking tool before using.

Gelly Roll Pen White

Other Supplies:

Lemon Verbena Sew Fine Thread Gloss . Carolyn Friedlander

Thread Conditioner: Sew Fine Thread Gloss

+ Read more about why I love Sew Fine and our collaboration

Thimble: Colonial Thimble Pad

CF Handy Guide . carolyn friedlander

Seam Gauge: Having a seam gauge is so handy that I designed and made one of my own!


Heavy paper or template plastic for copying template.

Needle Threader (optional)

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