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?

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