Applique - fusible webbing applique
How to make an applique daisy using fusible webbing. Part one - preparing the applique shapes.
One of the easiest methods of applique is fusible webbing applique. This method of applique is quick to make with very pleasing results and you can stitch it in place using several differnce methods.
To begin with, let's take a look at what you will need for my applique daisy quilt:
- A selection of fabrics for the design - I recommend cotton for best results
- Templates - see our link below for the templates used in this lesson
- Cutting and drawing tools
- Ironing board/mat and iron
- Teflon sheet, baking paper or parchment paper
- Fusible Webbing
- Threads, sewing machine and batting to finish your project (not required in this first lesson)
Take a look at your template sheets first. There are two pages which you can download by visiting http://www.arbeedesigns.com/free-daisy-applique-pattern/ . The first page is the whole design as it will look when it is completed. This is the right side of the pattern.
On the second template sheet you will see individual pieces. Each piece will be cut out separately. They are all reversed ready for drawing onto your fusible webbing. (if you do not reverse the templates for fusible webbing, your project will end up back to front).
All the solid lines are the cutting lines. The dash lines (hard to make out in the photo) are where another section, numbered higher than itself, lays over it. The dash line is where the raw edge of the top piece will be.
Next you need to select your fabrics. I selected yellow fabrics in different shades, two greens and a black for the center. You can see I am only going to need a small amount of each to make this applique. You will also need a background fabric to attach your applique daisy too.
Now let's look at fusible webbing. Have you used this before? I like the light fusible that is easy to stitch through. I have general instructions for fusible webbing at the Academy of quilting so read these if you need to know more before you start this project: Instructions for fusible webbing >>
So now that you know how to use fusible webbing, draw the individual pieces from template sheet 2 onto the paper side of the fusible. Cut these apart, not on the line, just in between each section.
Press each section onto the WRONG side of the appropriate fabric.
Now it is time to cut them out along the solid line.
Here are all my individual sections cut out ready to press together.
I have included a video for you of this first part so you can see it first hand.
The great thing about fusible webbing applique is that you can build the applique shape up on your teflon sheet first, rather than directly onto the fabric background. This gives you the ability to see if anything is wrong before it is made permanent.
Start by placing the teflon sheet over your main template (the one that is facing the right way). You can see the template right through the teflon sheet.
Begin adding the sections, one at a time. First the two leaves and then the stem, remembering to remove the backing paper as you work and pressing them ever so lightly onto the teflon sheet.
Now work on the flower head adding each piece in numeric order until all pieces are added.
I have a video showing how this all comes together. Check it out!
Remember you can find the templates for this design here: http://www.arbeedesigns.com/free-daisy-applique-pattern/