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Floral Applique - Layered Applique

Lesson: Applique Pressing Sheet

Tutorial & Pattern


floral applique using applique pressing sheet

Learn how to use an applique pressing sheet to create intricate, layered appliques

Designer: Christina Sherrod

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Applique Pressing Sheet

An applique pressing sheet makes it quite easy to create a layered, intricate applique. The pieces are fused together first, then ironed onto the end fabric. Use the instructions to learn the technique, or use the instructions plus my free floral pattern to create a beautiful pot of flowers.

Creating The Applique: a 2-step process

Step one: fusible web is ironed onto the wrong side of fabric. Then, the applique pieces are cut from the fabric that is now backed with fused on adhesive (fusible web). The paper backing is removed from all of the applique pieces.

Step two: The pieces are arranged on the applique pressing sheet. The applique pressing sheet is transparent, so patterns show through from beneath. An iron is used to fuse the applique pieces together.

Simply peel your new, multi-piece applique off the applique sheet and iron it onto your project. Detailed, multi-pieced, layered applique made easy.

Many Uses For New Applique

The applique can now be fused (pressed with iron) to card stock, fabric, tee shirts, and other surfaces that are suitable for the fusible adhesive (fusible web).

Floral Pattern

For this project, I am providing a free floral pattern. It will create a beautiful, multi-layered pot of flowers. I first created the multi-piece, layered floral applique, then fused it onto my already prepared flower pot block.

Floral Block Size

This pattern creates one floral block, measuring 8.5" x 11".

Supplies

FABRIC

One 8.5" x 11" piece of background fabric (I used blue)

Scraps of fabric for flowers, leaves, and flower pot. I used two different floral prints, two green prints for grass/stems, and a dark green print for leaves. You can use small, medium and large floral prints if you wish. The key is to have various shapes and sizes of flowers. Use what looks good to your eye. Try to choose prints with complete flowers to cut out. I added a butterfly, which provides nice detail. You can add bugs, trim, grass around the base, etc. Experiment with your own designs. Free motion embroidery creates nice grass. Go to: free motion machine embroidery lesson.

PRE-WASH ALL FABRIC. Do NOT use fabric softener. Washing will remove any sizing, which will allow for a stronger bond.

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Applique Pressing Sheet
This is a special type of sheet used for creating detailed appliques. The pattern is placed on a working surface. The pressing sheet is placed on top of the pattern, which can be seen through the sheet. Applique pieces are placed on the pressing sheet. When pieces are bonded with fusible web, they will stick to one another, but not to this sheet (they slightly stick - just enough to stay in place). When the applique is finished it is easily peeled off the sheet and is ready to iron onto your background fabric.

Fusible Web (also called heat activated adhesive)
I used our Heat N Bond LITE

large sewing ruler (optional but nice to have)

scissors or rotary cutter / cutting mat

pins

Pattern

Our patterns download as pdf files. For instructions on downloading pdf files.
go to: pdf instructions.

Applique Pattern
Download the pattern to use as a guide. Print 2 copies. You will use one for placement of pieces. Use the other for a pattern for the flower pot pieces.
NOTE: Save the pdf file to your computer. Print the file from your computer. If you print from the browser, it might not print to the correct size (I have had that problem with Chrome).

Directions

1. Cut Fabric Pieces / Fuse Adhesive

iron fusible web Cut fabric pieces large enough for your flowers, leaves, flower pot pieces, etc. Cut pieces of fusible web (heat activated adhesive) large enough to fit your fabric pieces.

2. Iron Fusible Web To The Wrong Side Of Your Fabric

The following photo shows the fabric I used for my small flowers.

These are the instructions for our Heat N Bond LITE: Using a dry iron set on the "silk" setting, iron the rough side to the WRONG side of the fabric for approximately 2 seconds. You will be ironing on the paper side of the Heat N Bond. Follow the instructions of your fusible web.

Repeat the process of fusing the adhesive to the wrong side of all fabrics: flower pot, flowers, stems, leaves, plus any bug you are using, such as a butterfly.

flower pot pattern Use the second copy of the pattern to cut out a pattern for the flower pot pieces (ignore the leaf designs in the pot).

3. Cut Out Fabric Pieces

Place the paper pattern pieces on the paper side of the fabric. Trace the pattern onto the paper of the web, or pin the pieces to the web. Cut out all fabric pieces: flowers, leaves, stems/grass, trim, butterfly etc. Cut out the flower pot pieces.

bonding stems 4. Create Multi-Piece Layered Applique

Lay down the 8.5" x 11" pattern. Lay the applique pressing sheet over the pattern. You will be able to see the pattern under the pressing sheet. Peel off the paper backing on the fabric pieces. Using the pattern as a guide, lay out your pieces in the following order:

1. Flower pot base
2. Stems / grasses
3. Flower pot top
4. Flowers
5. Leaves
6. Trim (butterfly etc.)

When happy with the placement, (for Heat N Bond) use a dry iron set to "silk" setting and iron down the pieces, pressing with the iron approximately 6-8 seconds. NOTE: Do this on an ironing board or other surface that can take some heat. The pressing sheet will protect surfaces, but I found that my cutting mat started to warp a bit when it was under my pressing sheet as I ironed (my iron was turned up higher than necessary at this point). The nice thing about Heat N Bond LITE is that it works with a LOW iron setting. If you are using another fusible web, follow the instructions for your product.

When finished, you will have a large applique that consists of a flower pot with flowers, stems, and all other pieces.

remove finished applique 5. Peel Off Your New Layered Applique

Once you are happy with the finished applique, you can peel it off the pressing sheet. Carefully remove the applique, starting at one end and peeling it off slowly.

In this photo, I am actually holding the finished applique in my hand.

layered applique using applique pressing sheet 6. Use Your New Applique

Place the applique on your background fabric. Use a dry iron set to "silk" and press approximately 6-8 seconds. That's it! You can now finish the edges with fabric paint or stitching if you desire - if you want to ensure a strong hold (if your item will need to be washed often). I found this held up very well for my wall hanging project. In fact, I tried to remove one flower to change the placement and it wouldn't budge.

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