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Fast and Fun Fusible Appliqué posted: 1/24/2003
by Veronica Cox Printable Page
Category: Applique Method: All
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Fusible appliqué is a fast way to get your appliqué projects done quickly. There are new fusible webs (paper backed webbing that iron to the wrong side of your fabric.) on the market that don't leave your quilt stiff like some of the older fusibles, and also adhere better than some popular fusibles that have been around for some time. You may use any fusible web to complete your project, just be sure to read the package directions and be sure to buy what is right for your project.

  1. Pick out the appliqué pattern. Read the directions to determine if the pattern has been reversed for you or not. If it has been reversed, then you can just trace the pattern directly onto the paper side of the fusible web. If the pattern is not reversed, your finished project will turn out backwards. For some projects this will not matter, but others it will. (Example: If you have any letters.)

    If the pattern has not been reversed, then you can reverse it using a variety of ways.
    • You could tape your pattern to a window, with the back side of the pattern towards you.
    • You could use a light box, and turn the backside of the pattern up towards you.
    • If you are not able to use either one of those techniques then you can use template plastic. You trace your design right side up on the template material, mark it with "UP", then flip it upside down and trace to your fusible web. The great thing about templates is that you have it to use over and over again.

  2. Cut around the fusible web, leaving about ¼" beyond your drawn design. Iron it onto the wrong side of the fabric and press.

    I use a specially designed pressing sheet that you can iron on over the fusible web, so that I don't get any sticky webbing onto my iron, or the ironing board cover. This is especially handy when using small pieces or a piece that has a little bit of fusible webbing hanging over the edge of the fabric. If you've ever gotten webbing onto your ironing board cover, you know what a mess it makes, and if any gets on the type of pressing sheet that I use just take your finger nail and peel it off once the sheet has cooled off.

  3. Cut your pieces out. Lay your pattern or placement guide on your ironing surface, right side up. Then lay the see through pressing sheet on top of the pattern and you're ready to begin putting your piece together.

    You will layer your pattern pieces on top the pressing sheet and build upwards. Some patterns are numbered with in order. If your pattern is not numbered, take the back piece, lay it on the pressing sheet, and because you can see through it you can see exactly where each piece goes.

    Once you have laid the back piece down, press (it will temporarily adhere to the pressing sheet), add another piece on top, press and continue until you have built the entire piece. Wait for it to cool off, peel it up (the whole design and layers of fabric will be in one piece) and place onto your background fabric.

    After you have found the exact place you want it on the background fabric, fuse it (with your iron) in place.

  4. Finish your edges with a satin stitch, a buttonhole stitch, a straight stitch or any decorative stitch that you like.

Veronica Cox
The Appliqué Pressing Sheet
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