How I Applique Celtic Knots

For this demonstration, consider the knot shown below.

Basic Knot
Basic Knot

This knot is made up of three separate strands (two diagonal, and one encircling) and three different shapes: the corners, the curves, and the straight pieces, as shown below.

Basic Knot Shapes
Basic Knot Shapes

Shall we begin?

1.  Enlarge the Celtic knot to size.

2.  Choose two or more contrasting fabrics:  one (or more) for the knot strands, and one for the background. These can be any sort of opposites: light/dark, warm/cool, print/solid, etc.

3.  Wash, dry, and iron the fabric; do not use any fabric softener because it can inhibit the adhesive’s effectiveness.

4.  Trace the knot on the adhesive side of regular-weight paper-backed fusible adhesive (like Wonder Under). I trace on the adhesive side because tracing on the paper side results in a mirror image.

Traced Celtic knot shapes
Traced Celtic knot shapes

5. Fuse the paper-backed adhesive to the wrong side of the knot fabric(s) according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Fused Celtic knot shapes
Fused Celtic knot shapes

6.  Cut out the shapes. Since enlarging the knot makes for thicker lines, I use a wide felt tip marker to trace the knot. Be sure to trim away the marker lines, otherwise they show up on your fabric (and through it).

Cut and trimmed Celtic knot shapes
Cut and trimmed Celtic knot shapes

7.  Using the original drawing as a guide, arrange the shapes, adhesive side down, on the background fabric, leaving a slight gap between them. The gaps give the impression of “woven-ness.”

8. When satisfied with the arrangement of shapes, fuse them to the background according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Celtic knot
Celtic knot

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Tri-color Celtic knot
Tri-color Celtic knot

9.  Topstitch, zigzag, or satin stitch around the shapes, if desired.

9 thoughts on “How I Applique Celtic Knots

    1. You’re welcome, Sandi . . . please lemme know if I can help you in any way. I’d love to see what you come up with.

  1. Excited to see how this works, I will be able to transcribe this into machine embroidery (hopefully) giving it a different look for quilts and other pieces..

    I do love the applique too so it could be interesting to use both…
    Thank you I am becoming creativly inspired (that can be a scry place sometimes!!LOL!!)

  2. This is a great resource. . And more – I’ve never done Any quilting but I’ve anyways been very interested in learning. . And now that i have a family of my own i want to start making memory quilts to begin [learning]. At the age of ten i asked female family members to teach me to use sewing machine that was in the basement but no one knew or had time. . Who knows. . But I’m not going to believe that it wasn’t meant for me anymore. I just want to say thanks for having this resource it’s rly great foot anyone novice or pro(:

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