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Using fusible web for an easy finish for appliqued coasters

 

Yesterday I showed you how to use HeatnBond EZ print sheets to prepare some appliqué shapes and make a coaster or mug rug using 6½” fabric squares of fabric and some Therm Fleece as the batting.

 

HeatnBond EZ print sheets for your printer
HeatnBond EZ print sheets for your printer

 

Now you’re ready to finish the coasters!

  • Following the manufacturer’s instructions on the package, press the fusible web shapes to the wrong side of the fabric.
  • Cut out each shape on the drawn lines. Carefully remove the paper backing from the fusible web, one shape at a time, as you need it. A thin layer of fusible web will remain on the fabric.
  • Place the flower shapes as desired on the coaster. The shapes can be combined in many different ways. Be creative!
  • When you’re satisfied with the placement of the shapes, fuse them in place.

 

Fuse appliqué shapes to front of coaster
Fuse appliqué shapes to front of coaster

 

Machine Stitching Fusible Applique Shapes

Suitable stitches for machine applique are straight stitch, satin stitch, narrow zigzag stitch or blanket stitch. You can use matching or contrasting thread.

For this project, I used a simple straight stitch with a variegated thread. Check out the wonderful Gϋtermann variegated threads that are available. You’ll love the variety of colors!

Because I used batik fabric, it’s very unlikely that the edges will fray, so I don’t have to worry about finishing the edges.

Here are a few tips for machine stitching applique shapes.

  • Starting Pull bobbin thread to the top. Sew 3 or 4 very small, straight stitches to lock the stitches in place. Continue sewing with regular stitch length.
  • Stopping Sew 3 or 4 tiny straight stitches to lock the stitches in place.
  • Stitch through all layers to complete the applique.

 

Stitch around edges of fusible appliqué shapes.
Stitch around edges of fusible appliqué shapes.

 

Of course, you can make these coasters or mug rugs any size you like – another great way to use up some scraps!

Here are my finished coasters.

 

Finished coasters using HeatnBond EZ print sheets for the appliqué shapes and Therm Fleece for the batting
Finished coasters using HeatnBond EZ print sheets for the appliqué shapes and Therm Fleece for the batting

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about these new products this week:

Stitch-N-Steam by UNIQUE

HeatnBond EZ print sheets

Therm Fleece and

Gϋtermann variegated threads

Be sure to ask for them in all your favorite quilt, craft and sewing shops.

 

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: How to use fusible web that goes in your printer and its characteristics

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past 10 years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.

2 Comments

  1. Linda Cartwright

    Beautiful mug rugs. I need to make some for a friend.

  2. Beth B

    Great info on fusibles! Thanks for these posts.

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