A double-sided adhesive with a paper backing is known as fusible web. Because you can paste one piece of cloth onto another and then sew the raw edges, it’s ideal for applique. The paper also stiffens your applique fabric momentarily, making it easier to cut curves, notches, and features. In a nutshell, you iron it to one fabric, cut out a form, peel away the paper, and iron it to another.
Fusible web comes in a variety of brands, the most well-known of which are Wonder Under and Steam-a-Seam. It’s a lot of fun and simple to use for appliqué! Here’s how:
Or use a light box! Make sure it’s a reflection of how you want your final design to appear.
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 room to cut out the design once it’s on the fabric, so you’ll have something to hang onto.
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. (Unlike my letter G, which I was attempting to complete.)
The paper comes off and the adhesive is left behind.
I do this part when I’m already at the ironing board.
Although fusible web can be used without sewing for hems and covered seams, raw edges should be sewn using a fraying-resistant thread.
On this project, I also utilized fusible web for the tricycle. What about you? Do you use fusible web? What do you do with it? Do you have a particular brand or approach that you prefer?