How to Use Fusible Web for Appliqué

on June 10 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 9 Comments

Fusible web is a double-sided adhesive that has a paper backing. It is great for appliqué because you can stick one piece of fabric onto another, then sew the raw edges. The paper also temporarily adds stiffness to your appliqué fabric, making it much easier to cut curves, notches and details.In short, you iron it to one fabric, cut out a shape, peel the paper away, then iron it to another fabric.

There are several brands of fusible web–Wonder Under and Steam-a-Seam being the most well-known. It’s fun and easy to use for appliqué! Here’s how:

Or use a light box! Make sure it is a mirror image of what you want your final design to look like.

The glue side is rough. You’ll be able to tell.

Don’t use a Frixion pen! You’ll be using an iron and you don’t want your design to disappear!

Give yourself enough of a margin so you have something to hold onto when you cut out the design once it is on the fabric.

One product is called STEAM-a-Seam, so I am guessing you are supposed to use steam. Pellon instructs you to use a DRY iron with Wonder Under. Make sure you read the instructions that came with your product.

Follow the lines. (Not like my letter G, which I was trying to round out.)

The paper comes off and the adhesive is left behind.

I do this part when I’m already at the ironing board.

Although you can use fusible web for hems and protected seams without sewing, you should sew raw edges with a stitch that will prevent fraying.

I also used fusible web for the tricycle on this project. What about you? Do you use fusible web? What do you do with it? Do you have a preferred brand or method?

(You can read about my Oregon “license plate” here.)

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9 Responses to How to Use Fusible Web for Appliqué

  1. I have had hit and miss success with Pellon fusibles. Sometimes the paper won’t come off, sometimes the fusible peels back up in small places with the paper, sometimes it fuses and then comes off in a single sheet when I try to remove the paper. Sometimes it works. No idea why it differs unless the stuff has a shelf life and what I bought (that didn’t work) was too old. When it works, it is great. I love it for applique. I used it to make my favorite Gnome pillow.

  2. Pam says:

    I used it for the first time. I used the product by Jenny Haskins. It gummed my needle and the applique was somewhat crinkled. What did I do wrong? I may try Steam a Seam.

  3. Fran Bott says:

    I just recently bought some to try, have never used it before. Now to find a project!

  4. Sondra says:

    Thank you for all of the great information!

  5. Katie says:

    Thanks for the tips! I’m making a quilt for my daughter and want to appliqué her name on it. Now I know how I will do it! Thanks again.

  6. jenny says:

    Why does mine wrinkle when I fuse it together? Did I iron it too much?

  7. donna says:

    I use fusible webbing for a ton of sewing and craft projects. Appliques, lettered banners, hems, etc. Before I discovered fusible webbing, I used to attach appliques with straight pins and HOPE it doesn’t move while I was zig-zag stitching it! Fusible web makes it so much easier.

    I’ve been using Steam-A-Seam for years and I especially like their “lite” product. They’re products are produced under The Warm Company who also makes other wonderful items that I use: InsulBright and Warm & Natural.

  8. Emily T says:

    Great tips, thanks!

  9. Wendy says:

    I like Wonder-Under fusible interfacing. I use it for floral appliques and it works great for narrow leaves or flower stems.

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