Raw-edge Fusi­ble Ap­pliqué

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One of the eas­i­est ways to ap­pliqué is the raw-edge fusi­ble-web method. Pa­per-backed fusi­ble web mo­tifs or in­di­vid­ual pieces are fused to the wrong side of fab­ric, cut out and then fused to a foun­da­tion fab­ric and stitched in place by hand or ma­chine.


1. Fusi­ble ap­pliqué mo­tif pieces and in­di­vid­ual pieces should be re­versed for this tech­nique.

2. Trace the ap­pliqué shapes onto the pa­per side of pa­per-backed fusi­ble web. Leave at least 1/4" be­tween shapes. Cut out shapes leav­ing a mar­gin around traced lines. Note: If do­ing sev­eral iden­ti­cal ap­pliqués, trace re­versed shapes onto tem­plate ma­te­rial to make re­us­able tem­plates.

3. Fol­low man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions and fuse shapes to wrong side of fab­ric as in­di­cated on pat­tern for color and num­ber to cut.

4. Cut out ap­pliqué shapes on traced lines. Re­move pa­per back­ing from shapes.

5. Again fol­low­ing fusi­ble web man­u­fac­turer’s in­struc­tions, ar­range and fuse pieces to quilt re­fer­ring to quilt pat­tern.


Ma­chine-stitch ap­pliqué edges to se­cure the ap­pliqués in place and help fin­ish the raw edges with match­ing or in­vis­i­ble thread.

In­vis­i­ble thread can be used to stitch ap­pliqués down when us­ing the blan­ket or straight stitches. Do not use it for the satin stitch.

A short, nar­row but­ton­hole or blan­ket stitch is most com­monly used. Your ma­chine man­ual may also re­fer to this as an ap­pliqué stitch. Be sure to stitch next to the ap­pliqué edge with the stitch catch­ing the ap­pliqué.

Prac­tice turn­ing in­side and out­side cor­ners on scrap be­fore stitch­ing ap­pliqué pieces. Learn how your ma­chine stitches so that you can make the pivot points smooth.

1. To stitch outer cor­ners, stitch to the edge of the cor­ner and stop with nee­dle in the fab­ric at the cor­ner point. Pivot to the next side of the cor­ner and con­tinue to sew. You will of­ten get a box on an out­side cor­ner.

2. To stitch in­ner cor­ners, pivot at the in­ner point with nee­dle in fab­ric. You will fre­quently see a Y shape in the cor­ner.

3. You can also use a ma­chine satin stitch or straight/run­ning stitch. Turn cor­ners in the same man­ner, stitch­ing to the cor­ners and piv­ot­ing with nee­dle in down po­si­tion.

4. Use a light- to medium-weight sta­bi­lizer be­hind an ap­pliqué to keep the fab­ric from puck­er­ing dur­ing ma­chine stitch­ing.

5. To re­duce the stiff­ness of a fin­ished ap­pliqué, cut out the cen­ter of the fusi­ble web shape,

leav­ing a 1/4"-½" in­side the pat­tern line. This gives a bor­der of ad­he­sive to fuse to the back­ground and leaves the cen­ter soft and easy to quilt.

6. If an ap­pliqué fab­ric is so light col­ored or thin that the back­ground fab­ric shows through, fuse a light­weight in­ter­fac­ing to the wrong side of the fab­ric or fuse a piece of the ap­pliqué fab­ric to a match­ing piece, wrong sides to­gether, and then ap­ply the fusi­ble with a drawn pat­tern to one side.

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