1. Prewash fabric, dry, iron and set aside
2. Prepare freezer paper pattern for cutting
3. Cut freezer paper pattern
4. Adhere pattern pieces to fabric
Take your chosen fabric and lay it wrong side up on the ironing surface.
Cut an appropriately sized piece of fusible web and lay it sticky side down on the wrong side of your fabric.
Place your freezer paper pattern pieces shiny side down and arrange them on the paper side of the fusible web. Pay attention to the pattern or direction of your fabric so that your pieces will appear as you like when they are cut out.
Iron the fusible web and fabric together using the dry cotton setting on your iron for at least 3 seconds. It may take longer than you think to get good adherence. (You will see the fabric start to show through the paper when you get it fused)
Peel off the paper backing from the ironed fusible on the fabric.
Lay your freezer paper pattern pieces shiny side down on the paper backing of the fusible web. Pay attention to the pattern or direction of your fabric so that your pieces will appear as you like when they are cut out.
5. Cut your fabric pieces
Cut along the edge of your freezer paper; do not cut any smaller than the freezer paper. If you cut too small it will create gaps between your pieces where you will see the background.
If you can’t cut very precise always error on the larger size, not smaller. If you cut too large you can always overlap the pieces and cause no problems.
If your piece is the outside edge you can trim it so it takes the shape you want to see.
6. Assemble your applique
Choose your first piece and remove the freezer paper and fusible web backing.
Lay your first piece on the paper pattern (typically an edge or corner piece). Tape this piece in place to help keep your starting reference.
Remove the freezer paper and backing of the next piece and place it touching against the taped piece to assemble the applique. If you cut your piece larger you can overlap to get the desired look. Repeat until your applique is assembled. You will use scotch tape to tape the pieces to each other. You don’t have to use a section of tape for each piece you can hold multiple pieces together with one section of tape. You want to be secure enough that you can transfer the applique to the background as the assembled applique.
Use the plain paper pattern as a reference to keep your edges straight and keep everything in proper alignment.
Use the pointed tool to make fine adjustment of your pieces or to help hold them in place while adding the tape.
7. Assemble your applique
8. Adhere the applique to the background
9. Stitch the applique
Stitch along all edges of each piece.
You can use a straight stitch or hand stitch if this piece will not be handled or washed. Use a zigzag or satin stitch if this will be a piece for use or washed.
You can use matching thread, even contrasting thread (if you want your lines to show) or invisible thread (be careful ironing later)
10. Add embroidery lines now or in quilting.
11. Trim background or border
12. Use the finished panel as desired. You can now add borders, incorporate into a quilt, make into a pillow…have fun!