Sew Easy: Fusible Appliqué

Sew Easy: Fusible Appliqué

Fusible appliqué is a simple and reliable method for adding appliqué to your quilt project. Below you’ll find both video and image+text tutorials for this technique with clear, step-by-step instructions. PLUS—if you’ve found this lesson useful, you can download a copy of this AND many more Sew Easy lessons in our FREE eBooklet Sew Easy Lessons: The Essential Collection of Quilting Techniques. Click here to download your copy of this lesson plus many other tried-and-true patchwork tutorials!

Video Tutorial

Step-by-Step Sew Easy Instructions

  1. Trace appliqué motif onto paper side of fusible web, making a separate tracing for each appliqué needed.
  2. Roughly cut out drawn appliqué shape and follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse to wrong side of appliqué fabric.
  3. With small, sharp scissors, carefully cut out drawn shape.
  4. Peel off paper backing. Position appliqué in place on background fabric, and fuse shape in place.
  5. Using coordinating thread and your preferred stitch, machine appliqué outline of shape.
  6. A satin stitch will completely cover the edge, but a blanket stitch or zig zag stitch will also work to secure edges.

TIP: To keep dark background fabrics from showing through, fuse a white lining fabric to light-colored appliqué fabric before cutting out the shape.

Products used: Havel’s Self-Healing Cutting Mat, Havel’s 7″ Serrated-Blade Fabric Scissors, Havel’s 3-½” Straight-Tip Embroidery Scissors. Check out Havel’s Sewing for more information and a complete catalog.

Other products include Aurifil 40wt. cotton thread (fuchsia), pencil, paper-backed fusible web, wool pressing pad, travel iron.

Machine featured is the performance icon™ by PFAFF®. To find a retailer near you, visit

Fabric from Garden Glory collection by Maja Ronnback and Abstract Collage collection by Ampersand, both for Paintbrush Studio Fabrics.

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