Trapunto Tutorial

Trapunto is a quilting technique which produces a raised surface on the quilt. The word trapunto, from the Italian for “to quilt,” is a method of quilting that is also called “stuffed technique.” A puffy, decorative feature, trapunto utilizes at least two layers, the underside of which is slit and padded, producing a raised surface on the quilt.


To create machine embroidered trapunto you will need:-

– Stabiliser

– Thick polyester wadding (you know that really ugly stuff that you don’t want to use on any important quilting projects)

– Trapunto designs

– Embroidery thread

  1. Hoop a piece of stabiliser firmly into your hoop
  2. Take a piece of polyester wadding the approximate size of your hoop and lay in on top of the hoop
  3. Cut an additional piece of stabiliser and lay it on top of the wadding. Gently place all 3 layers onto the embroidery machine
  4. Embroider the first colour, gently holding the wadding and top stabiliser in place.
  5. Remove the hoop from the machine, and lay the hoop on a flat surface. Whilst the hoop is flat, gently trim away all of the excess wadding and stabiliser from around the outline.
  6. Once the excess wadding and stabiliser have been removed, gently pull the stabiliser away from the inside of the outline, leaving just the hooped stabiliser and the wadding
  7. Take your cotton fabric that you will be using for the top of the design, and lay on top of the wadding.
  8. Place the hoop back into the machine and stitch out the remaining top stitches. You may need to gently smooth the top fabric down as this is happening to avoid any puckering.
  9. Once any top stitching is complete (depending on the design there may be more than 1 colour), remove the design from the machine, un –hoop the fabric, and remove the bulk of the stabiliser from the back. Your design is now complete and ready to use.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, and have a go at this magnificent technique.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day.  Julie.

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