Raw-Edge Fusible Appliqué

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One of the eas­i­est ways to appliqué is the raw-edge fusibleweb method. Pa­per-backed fusible web in­di­vid­ual pieces are fused to the wrong side of spec­i­fied fabrics, cut out and then fused to­gether in a mo­tif or in­di­vid­u­ally to a foun­da­tion fab­ric, where they are ma­chine-stitched in place.


De­pend­ing on the appliqué, you may want to con­sider us­ing batiks. Batik is a much tighter weave and, be­cause of the man­u­fac­tur­ing process, does not fray. If you are think­ing about us­ing reg­u­lar quilt­ing cot­tons, be sure to stitch your raw-edge ap­pliqués with blan­ket/but­ton­hole stitches in­stead of a straight stitch.


1. Fusible appliqué shapes 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 for trac­ing shapes onto the fusible web. 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. Or fuse to­gether shapes on top of an appliqué iron­ing mat to make an appliqué mo­tif that can then be fused to the quilt.


Ma­chine-stitch appliqué edges to se­cure the ap­pliqués in place and help fin­ish the raw edges with match­ing or in­vis­i­ble thread (Photo 1). Note: To show stitch­ing, all sam­ples have been stitched with con­trast­ing 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. Def­i­nitely prac­tice with in­vis­i­ble thread be­fore us­ing it on your quilt; it can some­times be dif­fi­cult to work with.

A short, nar­row but­ton­hole or blan­ket stitch is most com­monly used (Photo 2). 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 fab­ric 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 (Photo 3). You will get a box on an out­side cor­ner.

2. To stitch in­ner cor­ners, pivot at the in­ner point with nee­dle in fab­ric (Photo 4). You will see a Y shape in the cor­ner.

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