Fusible Applique: Trace, Cut, Press by Kathy K. Wylie November 10, 2014 written by Kathy K. Wylie November 10, 2014 807 Fusible Applique: Trace, Cut, Press! It’s a pleasure to join the team here at QUILTsocial! My name is Kathy Wylie and I’ve been quilting for 20 years, sewing for another 20 before that, and blogging for the past five. I am an author, pattern designer, certified quilt judge, speaker and teacher specializing in applique and machine quilting techniques. What better way to get started than with a step-by-step guide to fusible applique? Fusible applique is arguably the quickest and easiest applique technique. If you can trace, cut and press, you can do it! Here’s what you’ll need to get started. Fusible Applique Supplies light-weight fusible web such as HeatnBond Lite iron scissors pencil Let’s use this daisy design as an example. Each petal and the center oval will be appliqued individually using a variety of different fabrics. Daisy Design Step 1 – Trace Trace each shape onto the paper side of the fusible web, leaving a bit of space between each shape. Remember that images will be reversed with this applique method, so you might want to trace from the back side of the drawing. A light box or a sunny window is helpful for this step. Trace each shape onto fusible web If the shapes overlap – as these daisy petals do – add a little extra allowance to tuck under the adjacent shapes. This will prevent any unsightly gaps between the pieces if they don’t line up perfectly. Add an allowance where shapes overlap Step 2 – Cut Cut apart the shapes on the fusible web, leaving a bit of space around the outside edges of the marked lines. Cut apart the shapes on the fusible web Tip ~ If you find the fusible web makes your applique feel stiff, try cutting out the inside of the shape about a quarter-inch from the traced line. Cut out inside of shape to reduce stiffness Position the fusible web shape, paper side up, on the wrong side of the applique fabric. Press, following the manufacturer’s instructions. For HeatnBond Lite, pre-heat a dry iron to silk setting and lightly glide it across the paper for 1 – 2 seconds. Fuse web to the wrong side of applique fabric Cut the shape from the fabric, following the marked lines on the fusible web. Cut the shape from the fabric Step 3 – Press Remove the paper backing from the fusible web. Remove the paper backing from the fusible web Repeat these steps for all the applique shapes in your design, then arrange them right side up on the background fabric. Press, following the manufacturer’s instructions. For HeatnBond Lite, iron for 3 – 5 seconds. Fuse applique shapes to background fabric And in three easy steps – trace, cut, press – the daisy design is a fusible-applique quilt block! At this point, the edges of the applique are raw. Some people opt to leave them this way, but I don’t. I like to cover the raw edges with some type of stitching. Join us every day this week as we continue our step-by-step guide to fusible applique with four edge-finishing techniques. Crazy Daisy Quilt Block Print this page or save as a PDF fusiblefusible appliquefusible webheatnbondquiltingquilting technique FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Kathy K. Wylie Kathy is a multiple international-award winning quilter specializing in appliqué techniques in a “contemporary traditional” style. She lectures and teaches all over the country at guilds, shops and quilt shows and is a CQA/ACC Certified Quilt Judge. Her work has been featured in magazines, and her designs are available as individual patterns as well as in her book “Sewflakes: Papercut Appliqué Quilts”. previous post Sewing Mini Cushions next post Finishing Fusible Applique with an Invisible ZigZag Stitch YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... The trick to quilting for texture | Double... Create texture with thread painting and invisible thread... How to applique houses and landscapes with HeatnBond HeatnBond EZ Print Lite makes printing out applique... Quilt a table topper for all seasons –... An easy way to make an embroidered wall... 7 simple steps to lovely wool applique |... How to transfer designs to fabric | DMC... 6 easy steps to add glamour to your... 1 comment Michele T February 9, 2016 - 6:39 am Great tips that will come in very handy for the appliqué quilt that I’m presently in the planning stages of making!! Thanks! Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.