The first 12 baskets were appliqued using the back basting method. I decided to check out some other ways to do hand appliqué and searched for freezer paper applique methods. I found a few different tutorials.
The following are what I used for these six baskets (I have six more to do, but I'll wait until I have sewn these down to decide which one I like or don't like.
1. Magic sizing method. You iron the freezer paper (FP) on the back and then use magic sizing that you spray into a little container and then paint on the edge to stick down the seam allowance and then take out the freezer paper before you appliqué. I didn't like painting the magic sizing on - it was quite messy, but might be the easiest to sew down. (Bottom 2 on the right).
2. Iron the FP on the back, then fold the seam allowance back and sew it down with a basting stitch. When you have about half of the appliqué sewn down, you take out the FP and then continue sewing it down. This might be a problem because of the reverse appliqué parts. I used some of the applique glue to turn under those areas. I doubt I will ever use this method again. (Bottom left).
3. Place the FP on the back with the waxy side up and then iron the seam allowance down. You are supposed to leave the FP in until it is sewn down and then cut it out from the back. Maybe I should take the FP off before I start stitching because of the reverse appliqué. (The top three baskets).
I also have seen a method where FP is ironed on top of the fabric, but I couldn't find a tutorial for that.
Any ideas, advice or suggestions are welcome! I'm not sure I like any of these methods, but to be fair, I will try them. Numbers 1 & 2 were awkward to implement. Number 3 was the easiest so far.