Learn how to applique with fusible web. It’s an easy beginner sewing project, and it will enable you to embellish and personalize just anything you sew. See how to make your own appliques for your projects (like this one with a free pattern), how to apply fusible web to fabric, and how to sew them using a regular sewing machine. Too easy to not try it out!
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How to Applique With Fusible Web
Here you’ll learn how to make your own applique and how to sew them using a regular sewing machine. Fabric scraps, paper-backed fusible web like Heat’N Bond and your sewing machine – that’s all you need, and half an hour of your time. Let’s take a look at this simple step-by-step how-to.
- prewashed fabric scraps (applique fabric- here pink )
- prewashed fabric base (background fabric for the applique – here stripes)
- iron and ironing board
- a piece of paper-backed fusible web
- a pen or pencil
- sewing thread, sewing machine
Fusible web – which brand to use?
Why prewash fabric? – To prevent shrinking after the applique has been sewn on. Shrinking could distort the shape of the applique and we don’t want that to happen. Also, some quilters say it’s due to the chemicals on the fabric; these need to be washed off so the fusible web would adhere better. Now let’s move on to the tutorial:
How To Make Fabric Applique – Tutorial
1) Choose the applique shape. To make your first applique project easier, choose a simple shape. This time, I chose a simple heart shape.
2) Trace the design onto the PAPER SIDE of the fusible web (not the sticky side). If there are letters or other directional shapes, they need to be mirrored!
3) Cut around the drawing, leaving a few milimeters around it.
4) Then apply the fusible side of the fusible web to the BACK of the applique fabric, using iron.
5) Cut the applique along the tracing line.
4) Press the background fabric to eliminate any creases. With the background fabric face-up, place the applique on top of it, face-up too. Now the fusible side is between the fabric layers. Press.
The only simpler way to go would be a straight stitch, but in this case, the applique fabric would wrinkle up and fray after washing. A great special effect if you are going for that one, and it can be a lot of fun. (And I love it too!) But let’s save that one for another time 🙂
|More about this pattern HERE.|