A very astute reader who has been interested in trying out my hand applique freezer-paper method asked a good question: how do you get the freezer paper out?
I realized I had never fully explained that aspect. It’s pretty simple. You just pull it out!
Further details: after appliqueing all the edges around the piece except for about 1 to 1.5 inches along one edge, snip and remove all the basting threads and pull out any pins. Then stick your fingers into the piece and grab the freezer paper, wiggle it, and gently free it. It’s easier than it sounds. It will come loose fairly quickly in a piece like my leaves – not sure if it’s harder with more curvy or pointy appliques. You pull it out through the hole and then stitch up the remainder of the edge (that 1 inch portion) just the same way you did the rest of the edges.
Here’s how it looks when you begin to pull a little edge of the paper out of the hole you’ve left:
Slowly remove more, bit by bit:
When the paper is out, you’re left with a hole like this. Just stitch it up:
I hope this helps solve that mystery!