Pre-assembling fusible applique

Welcome to my day in the Back to School Blog Hop hosted by Sam of Hunter Design Studio!

I’m so excited to be sharing about one of my favorite tools! I love fusible applique and pre-assembling the applique shapes before fusing them down gives the opportunity to audition both the background and fabrics used in the appliques.

Let me show you how easy and fun it is! I’m using one of my latest patterns, Merry Little Snowman. I’ve already cut my applique shapes using the SVG files included in the pattern and my Silhouette Cameo, an electronic die cutter. Of course, you don’t have to use an electronic cutter! The pattern includes reversed templates to trace your shapes onto paper-lined fusible, fuse onto the wrong side of the applique fabric and then cut out.

The Applique Pressing sheet is one of my favorite non-stick heat-resistant sheets, but there are many others available; you can also use parchment paper.

Make sure you are working on your ironing station; I’m using the Mountain Mist Wool Pressing Mat.

Start by placing the pressing sheet over the pattern’s layout diagram and pin together at the top; this works as a hinge to lift the pressing sheet if you are having trouble seeing through, even thought it’s rarely necessary.

The shapes need to be assembled in sequence beginning with shape 1, but as you can see, shape one is blocking the view of some of the shapes!

So we’ll set shape 1 aside and pre-assemble the ear muffs…

The goal is to fuse the shapes together.

… add the carrot.

Now let’s pre-assemble the scarf…

Allow them to cool off, then peel the fused shapes off the pressing sheet and set aside.

Now we can go back to shape 1 and fuse it in place…

Add the body…

… the arms…

… and finish with the preassembled ear muffs and scarf units.

Allow the preassembled snowman to cool off, then peel it off the pressing sheet.

Take the layout diagram to a light source…

… place the preassembled snowman over it and mark little dots where the buttons will go once the runner is quilted.

Now we get to audition different backgrounds. Have you ever bought the “perfect” background fabric only to find out it didn’t exactly give you the finish you were hoping for?

Which background would you use? Perhaps a night sky?

A pretty aqua…

A pearlescent grey…

I know, white would make a great snow day background, right?

Or how about this soft aqua?

Which one would you choose?

For this runner, I pieced the light aqua and white print for the background. Next step is to pin the background onto the layout diagram, place it over a light source and align the pre-assembled appliques with the diagram.

Carefully, take it to the ironing station and do a quick tack’down with the iron…

Remove the layout diagram and fuse the appliques down. Now you’re ready for stitching!

I’m so glad you came for a visit!

Would you like to win a Merry Little Snowman pattern and fat quarter bundle?


Please follow the rest of the 2019 Back To School Blog Hop! Note that these industry peeps are all over the country and world, so be patient if you don’t see their post first thing in *your* morning!

Day 1 – September 1 – Sam Hunter: Sewing Long Seams Without Stretching – <<—- you are here!

Day 2 – September 2 – Susan Arnold – Joining Binding the Easy Way –

Day 3 – September 3 – Angie Wilson – Fussy cutting tips and techniques –

Day 4 – September 4 – Andi Stanfield – No-Mark HST: Let your machine be your guide –

Day 5 – September 5 – Bobbie Gentili – Say YES to Y-seams –

Day 6 – September 6 – Mel Beach – 5 Reasons to Say Woo Hoo! to School Glue –

Day 7 – September 7 – Laura Piland – 7 Ways to Use a Laser on Your Sewing Machine –

Day 8 – September 8 – Suzy Webster – How to solve loops in free motion quilting –

Day 9 – September 9 – Tara Miller – Accurate Stitch-and-Flip Corners –

Day 10 – September 10 – Latifah Saafir – Accurate Seams Using Masking Tape! –

Day 11 – September 11 – Sarah Ruiz – The Magic of Glue Basting –

Day 12 – September 12 – Jen Shaffer – Ways to stop your ruler from slipping while cutting –

Day 13 – September 13 – Cheryl Sleboda – Basics of ruching (a vintage fabric manipulation technique) –

Day 14 – September 14 – Raylee Bielenberg – Choosing quilting designs for your quilt –

Day 15 – September 15 – Jen Strauser – Accurate and Attractive Machine binding –

Day 16 – September 16 – Jane Davidson – Matching points for all types of intersections –

Day 17 – September 17 – Teresa Coates – Starch and starch alternatives –

Day 18 – September 18 – Jen Frost – Benefits of spray basting –

Day 19 – September 19 – Sandra Starley – Getting started with Hand Quilting –

Day 20 – September 20 – Karen Platt – Drunkard’s Path Made Easy –

Day 21 – September 21 – Kris Driessen – All Kinds of Square (in a Square) –

Day 22 – September 22 – Sarah Goer – Planned Improv Piecing –

Day 23 – September 23 – Kathy Bruckman – Organizing kits for on-the-go sewing –

Day 24 – September 24 – Cheryl Daines Brown – The Secret to Flat Quilt Tops: Borders –

Day 25 – September 25 – Cherry Guidry – Pre-assembling fusible applique –

Day 26 – September 26 – Laura Chaney – Getting started with English Paper Piecing –

Day 27 – September 27 – Ebony Love – Cutting Bias Strips from a Rectangle –

Day 28 – September 28 – Tammy Silvers – Working with heavier weight threads in your machine –

Day 29 – September 29 – Kathy Nutley – Create a perfect facing or frame with 90 degree angles –

Day 30 – September 3 – Joanne Harris – Using Leaders and Enders –

36 thoughts on “Pre-assembling fusible applique

  1. Joyce Carter says:

    I love the way you made your snowman. It looks very pretty on all the backgrounds.
    Thank you for the chance at your giveaway.

  2. Kathy E. says:

    You’ve answered so many questions I’ve had rolling around in my head about fusible applique…thank you! duchick at gmail dot com

  3. Susan the Farm Quilter says:

    Fusible applique is the only way I applique!! Great tips, especially for those fiddly little pieces that easily get off just a bit and can change the whole look of the piece! Thank you!!

  4. Michelle Barker says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. I have a pressing sheet and have been nervous about trying it. You made it easy. And cute cute snowman!!

  5. Lori Smanski says:

    Oh m y goodness, this is adorable. Thank you for the generous give a way. I am teaching myself applique now. And I LOVE snowmen, so I think this is a match made in snow.

  6. Lori Morton says:

    Love the Snowman!! & thank you for chance to win your give-a-way!! My BFF collects snowmen…this would sure make a “one of a kind” from me to her! 🙂

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