Today we are going to look at FUSIBLE applique.
|I will be using one of the blocks from this booklet|
|Assemble the necessary tools - the pattern, a fusible product (I like to use LITE Steam a Seam), a pencil, nice sharp applique scissors (the yellow handled ones), paper scissors and an applique or teflon ironing sheet|
|This is the block I choose|
In order to have the finished block appear in the same orientation as the original pattern we must work with the diagram in REVERSE. Now there are times when the orientation doesn't matter, but if you follow these instructions - you will also have a placement diagram which helps to reassemble the block.
There are several ways to work in reverse - you could photocopy the page as is and tape it on a window or a light box with the pattern FACE DOWN. Then you would trace your image - it will be in reverse to the original placement diagram. If you choose to just use the book on a light table or window - you are trying to decipher the lines from the other side of the page since there is a pattern on both sides of most applique pages.
Alternatively you can scan or photocopy the image in reverse (if you have the capability on your all-in-one or Photoshop) and then print it out. Then trace from the RIGHT side of the pattern
|In this picture you can see the orientation of the stocking is now the reverse of the original pattern.|
Let's talk a minute about fusibles. The old products are THICK and make the final project STIFF and CRINKLY. You do NOT want to use those older products with this method. There are other methods for that. One of my favourite products is Lite Steam a Seam, although there are many others that work just as well.
Now I could go into great detail on these products, but if you want to know more about them - check out this web site.
Steam a Seam explained by the manufacturer
|LITE Steam a seam - the green package is tacky on ONE side and comes with only ONE parchment paper attached. The blue package is tacky on TWO sides and comes with TWO pieces of parchment paper attached to either side of the sheet of glue.|
|Simple applique shape|
|You will also need fabric for your applique - great way to use up those scraps (which are sorted by colour - OF COURSE)|
|Next ROUGHLY cut out around your shape|
|Remove that LOOSE piece of parchment if using the BLUE product|
|Press to the WRONG side of your applique fabric|
|Roughly cut out the shape|
|Here I have cut out TWO pieces and will treat them as one until I cut them out.|
|Fused as a group to the wrong side of the applique fabric|
|I can also fussy cut my applique pieces. I can still see through the fabric design from the wrong side. I now just place my shape where it needs to go and fuse it down.|
|Once the pieces are all prepared, this becomes a great take away project.|
|Lay the teflon sheet OVER the placement diagram.|
|Now I put the stocking back in place over the pattern and placed the head and other bits on.|
|This pattern has a slight flaw - as you can see the background showing through where the arrows are|
|See that little piece of kitten fabric concealed the hole|
|Before you fuse down - you may want to trim up any edges that aren't as smooth as you would like them to be.|
|If you want to make dimension fusible applique pieces - take a piece of steam a seam and iron it to the wrong side of a piece of fabric|
|Remove the parchment paper - there is fusible in the outlined box|
|Then using the same fabric of a different fabric - fuse it on top. Now you have a double sided piece of fabric (two layers)|
|Use freezer paper as a template and trace the shapes onto your double sided fabric. Then cut out and use as an embellishement|
There is a LOT more I could say about fusibles, but hopefully that gives you the basic idea of how to do fusible applique.