Iron fusible web onto the wrong side of fabric, cut out your pieces and remove the backing, then
use an applique pressing sheet to fuse the pieces together. They will stick to each other - not
to the sheet! Then, simply peel your new applique off the sheet and iron it to your project.
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 (or heat activated adhesive)
I used Heat N Bond LITE.
Stabilizer (for machine embroidery)
I used Pelon stabilizer.
You will need a piece measuring 19.5" x 14.5".
Note, if you pre-wash fabric, do NOT use fabric softener. Washing will remove any sizing, which will allow for a stronger bond. I do not pre-wash and my pieces stick well. Any loose edges can be glued using applique glue.
Our patterns download as pdf files. For instructions on downloading pdf files,
go to: pdf instructions.
Use the "Overall Layout" drawing as guides for placement of pieces.
ADD FUSIBLE WEB TO YOUR FABRIC PIECES (snowman, star, tree and packages)
Cut fabric pieces large enough for your snowman head and body; snowman hat, scarf and arms; yellow star and white star parts;
gift packages and tree parts.
NOTE: For the tree, you can use a various prints and solids for the different parts or you can create "striped fabric" and cut the pieces from that (as shown below).
I stitched strips of various
green prints together to create one large piece of fabric. I then cut the tree pieces by placing the tree pattern pieces at various angles on my striped fabric. This created a nice effect. It also creates a thicker fabric, however. The edges should be stitched down; fusible web alone will not hold down edges of such fabric.
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.
NOTE: For those of you who prefer to trace your pattern onto the paper side of the web, turn pattern piece over (pattern is wrong side up) and place on paper side of web. Trace around the pattern piece, tracing the pattern onto the paper side of the web. Then cut out the fabric piece.
CUT OUT APPLIQUE PIECES
After the fusible web is fused to the wrong side of your fabric, cut out each applique pieces. Place pattern right side up on the right side of the fabric. Pin pattern in place and cut out piece.
Lay down the "overall layoutv drawing, right side up. Lay the applique pressing sheet over the pattern. You will be
able to see the drawing under the pressing sheet. Peel off the paper backing on the fabric pieces for the tree.
Using the pattern as a guide, lay out your pieces in the following order:
1. tree lowest section
2. tree second section
3. tree third section
4. tree fourth section
5. tree top section
Note that the pieces that will be on the bottom layer are placed first; pieces are then placed in order so that top layer pieces are placed last.
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).
drawing under pressing sheet
Allow your applique to cool; then peel it off the applique sheet. Place the trunk piece on the sheet. Place the tree over the trunk piece and fuse trunk to tree. Add packages in the order they are labeled.
Repeat this process with the snowman parts and the star parts. With the snowman, lay down the arms first, then the body and head, then the scarf and hat parts.