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Happy Day Applique

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Happy Day Applique
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Page 1: Fusible Web Lesson
Page 2: Happy Day Applique Pattern

Fusible Web

Applique is easy when using fusible web, also called fusible adhesive. The fusible web is ironed onto the wrong side of the applique fabric. A pattern is drawn onto the paper of the web. The applique piece is cut out. The paper is peeled off, and you now have an applique piece with adhesive on the wrong side. It can now be ironed onto the background fabric. Easy and quick! The web also adds stability to the edges of the applique fabric (helps prevent fraying).

For this lesson, I created my "Happy Day Applique" (shown above). While stitching it together, I was occasionally glancing out the window of my sewing room. Lizards were sunning themselves on the rocks (I live in Arizona), birds were singing, and it was a beautiful day. I thought, "What a happy day this is." Hence the name.

Fusible Web Uses

Use fusible web to add fabric lettering or fabric pieces to just about any surface, including paper, fabric, cardboard, etc. I used this technique for the following projects:
no sew applique gift bag
shamrock applique
pumpkin placemat
birthday placemat
holiday gift tags

Fusible Web Instructions

There are two steps to using fusible web (also called iron-on adhesive). The first is to attach the adhesive to your the wrong side of the transfer piece (the applique piece). The web (on the wrong side) acts like a glue, once it is heated by an iron.

The second step is to iron the applique onto your garment.

If you are creating an intricate applique, with many pieces, it is best to adhere them all together before adding them to the main piece. This is done with the use of a pressing sheet. For instructions on using a pressing sheet, go to: Floral Bouquet: No-Sew Applique.


General Applique Supplies: sharp scissors, quilting pins, large sewing ruler, seam ripper, Fusible web (also called iron-on adhesive, or fusible adhesive), fabric for applique, machine embroidery thread (optional: for stitching around the applique), applique pattern (to trace onto the paper backing of the fusible adhesive).

1. Draw Applique Pattern Onto Paper Backing

trace applique pattern to fusible adhesive Cut a piece of fusible web (such as Heat N Bond or Wonder Under - also called iron-on adhesive) large enough to cover your fabric design. I created a heart applique piece by drawing a heart onto a 2" square piece of paper. I then traced it to the paper backing of the fusible adhesive (fusible web).

2. Fuse Adhesive To Applique Fabric

fuse adhesive to applique fabric Follow the directions on the iron-on adhesive. Be sure that the rough side is next to the back of your fabric. The paper side should be toward your ironing board (away from the fabric piece, because it will be pulled off).

3. Fuse Applique Fabric

fuse applique to fabric Cut out the applique piece, following the lines you traced previously (in my case, a heart).

Peel off the paper backing from the applique piece. Position the applique onto the surface you wish to adhere it to. Following the directions for your fusible adhesive, press with an iron. The adhesive will activate and the applique piece will not be fused to your background piece.

Finishing The Applique Piece

satin stitched applique If the item is not going to be laundered, or used heavily (such as a wall hanging) you can leave it as is. For heavier use, I prefer to stitch around the perimeter of my appliq pieces. I set the zig-zag stitch width to very narrow, and the spacing to very close.

The flower shows satin stitching around the edges of the flower applique. It adds nice detail. I also used satin stitching to create a stem. I went on to stitch around the inner circle, but posted this photo so you can see the difference.

Instructions For Letters

creating applique letters If your project calls for letters, trace the letters backwards onto the paper side of the fusible web. When the letters are cut out and flipped right side up, they will no longer be backwards.

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