A fusible applique method

Before we dive into the details of how I do my fusible applique, let me say that I did not invent this method.  I have taken classes, read books and watched TV shows learning quite a few different ways to do fusible applique and decided this is the best one for me.  I am the opposite of a gadget geek – the simpler the better is the way I like to work.  
What follows is how I work if I only need one or two of a shape.  If a quilt requires many of the same shape, I usually make a template from template plastic to make the tracing step faster and easier.  OK, here we go:

Fusible Appliqué method:

appliqué pattern (note that most appliqué patterns are reversed from how they will appear in the block)
fusible web
thread to match appliqué



1.  Trace outline of piece to be appliquéd onto paper side of fusible web. Sometimes I like to use some painter’s tape to hold the fusible in place while I trace.

2.  Cut away excess fusible, leaving at least 1/4” around the traced line.

3.  Following manufacturer’s directions for the fusible you are using, fuse traced shape to the wrong side of the appliqué fabric.

4.  Cut out shape on traced line.
5.  Remove paper backing from fusible.

6.  Position shape in place on background.
7.  Fuse in place

8.  Pin stabilizer to block.  (Sorry about the pink block!  Cameras!)

9.  Appliqué design in place using desired stitch. I like to use a satin stitch because it totally covers the raw edge and I think it suits my quilting style better than blanket stitch.

10.  Remove the stabilizer, press and you’re done!

I hope this is helpful to some of you.  If you have any questions, ask in the comments and I’ll answer there too.

  • Firestorm Artglass Studio
    Posted at 05:58h, 22 November Reply

    I feel stupid asking but is the stabilizer like interfacing? Does it go on the back or the front? I have been using double sided fuse able interfacing but would like to try your way.

    • ehq@sbcglobal.net
      Posted at 17:03h, 22 November Reply

      Not a stupid question at all! Stabilizer is in addition to the fusible interfacing and goes under the block. Its role is to help keep the fabric firm so the stitches look better. There are lots of brands, but my favorite is Stitch N Tear by Pellon.

    • ehq@sbcglobal.net
      Posted at 17:05h, 22 November Reply

      PS Stabilizer is removed after stitching is completed.

    • Mary
      Posted at 12:15h, 16 July Reply

      What a great tip! Shared on my pinterest wall.

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