I love machine applique but one of the things that I hate doing is tracing designs. They can be really time consuming to do especially if they are very intricate patterns you need to trace. The good news is there is a way to print onto fusible web using your ink-jet printer and it’s not very difficult to do.
Supplies and Tools Needed:
- Your applique template, preferably sized to fit on a regular letter size sheet of paper. Download the Tinkerbell Star design here for free!
- One sheet of letter-size cardstock or medium weight paper
- Gluestick, lightweight spray adhesive or scotch tape
- Lightweight Fusible web – I used Heat and Bond Lite
- Scissors (paper scissors and serrated applique scissors – I recommend Karen Kay Buckley’s perfect scissors for trimming applique fabric designs)
- An Ink Jet printer (DO NOT USE A LASER PRINTER – THE FUSIBLE WEB WILL RUIN IT)
- Fabric to iron your applique shapes onto (I used this lovely Benartex fabric)
- Background fabric
Important note: If you are doing letters or designs that need to be reversed prior to being printed please do a test print first to make sure it’s going to come out correctly.
Gather your materials. We are going to prep the sheet of fusible web so it can go through the printer first. I buy my fusible web by the roll since I use a lot of it so I end up trimming it down when I use this method but that’s okay.
Get the fusible web to temporarily adhere to the cardstock. You can use a gluestick, a light spray of temporary adhesive or SMALL pieces of scotch tape around the edges. You just want it to stay on enough to feed through the printer so make sure you don’t use a lot of whatever you decide to try. Make sure the paper side is facing UP and the rough side with the fusible web is temporarily adhered to the cardstock.
Put the paper into the manual feed tray of your printer. Mine feeds from the rear. In order for it to print onto the fusible web I have to orient the fusible web paper side FACE UP (facing me) so it’ll go through the printer. Check your printer settings to see how to orient paper in your manual feed tray or run a test piece of paper through your printer to figure it out.
And tell it to print from the manual tray
Click OK to start the print job. Get your nearby furry helper to watch it print with you. Bernie’s in the cone because her allergies are acting up and she’s chewing on her leg so she’s a good helper today.
Carefully separate the sheet of fusible web from your cardstock.
You should have your design all printed out now! I recommend making sure it’s completely dry before working with it further.
Once it is dry, rough cut around your applique shapes and prep your applique fabric.
Follow the manufacturers directions for your fusible web and fuse your applique shapes to the fabric.
Cut and fuse to your background fabric! Look at how much time you saved.