Those of us enrolled in the Karla Menaugh school of applique have long used removable office dots for the templates for our circles.
Stick the dot on the back of the fabric.
Cut out the fabric with a small seam allowance.
Glue the fabric over the dot, getting a nice round circle.
Applique by machine or hand.
Cut out back of dot.
Office dots, even the removable kind are too sticky.
I've been thinking. What is going on in the scrapbooking world that could help? I went shopping.
Here's what I found.
A Fiskars Squeeze Punch that cuts 1" circles.
There are plenty of other circle cutters out there, but this one seems to be easier on the hands.
Multiple dots cut out of freezer paper.
Now I can iron them on the back of the fabric and remove them easier.
I have to confess that my major hopes were dashed, however. I thought this might cut fabric but--- No Way. I tried fused fabric, I tried fabric with freezer paper on it. It just isn't sharp enough.
But I'm happy with freezer paper dots. There is no stopping me now.
The next shopping expedition:
A paper cutter to cut out 1-1/2" hexagons.
And if you got a ginormous dot cutter you could do snowglobes
Read more about Karla's machine applique techniques in our book
Susan McCord, which you can buy from the Pickledish store at the Kansas City Star website.