Pat Sloan applique tutorial: SUPER simple 🍩 donut 🍩 method (video!)

If you’ve ever shied away from fusible appliqué because of the stiff feel of fused fabric, get ready to learn something new today! Hop on the fusible bandwagon with the clever method Pat Sloan uses for all of her machine appliqué.

In her book Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Appliqué, Pat says, “Fusible web tends to make appliqués stiff, even when you’re using a lightweight product. If you have lots of appliqué shapes in your quilt, especially ones that are layered, the fusible web can make the quilt want to stand up by itself! My favorite part of my appliqué technique is that it creates soft, flexible appliqué shapes in quilts. To achieve this, I cut away most of the fusible-web product and leave just a narrow rim that will ‘baste’ the shape to the background. The machine stitches will then cover most of the fusible web, leaving the rest of the shape super soft and flexible.”

We recently met up with Pat, and she showed us exactly how she works her appliqué magic. Push play to see her video tutorial:


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Now that you know how easy—and soft!—fusible appliqué can be, you can create lots of appliqué projects with Pat. Here are just a few of our favorites:

Beautiful Bloom Table Runner
Beautiful Bloom Table Runner from
Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Make My First Quilt

Summer Nest quilt
Summer Nest Wall Hanging from
Pat Sloan’s Celebrate the Seasons

Mexican Rose quilt
Mexican Rose from
Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Machine Quilt

Meadow Breeze quilt
Meadow Breeze from
Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Appliqué

See more books from Pat Sloan >>>

How often do you use a fusible product when you appliqué?

  • I’ve never tried fusible appliqué, but Pat makes it look easy and pretty!
  • I use different appliqué methods—it depends on the project.
  • I fuse my appliqués 100% of the time. It’s a snap!

Tell us in the comments!


47 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I rarely use fusible as I normally needle turn applique but I have been tempted a time or to to give it a try and was never happy with the stiffness of it – looks like i need to give this a shot

    Karen on August 23, 2019
  • It depends on the quilt

    —Hilda Krebs on August 23, 2019
  • I have never used fusible applique but looks great.

    —carol on August 23, 2019
  • So is the edge a raw edge then?

    Hi Diane – yes, secured to the background fabric with a straight stitch, zigzag stitch, or other decorative stitch – hope this helps! –Jenny

    —Diane on August 23, 2019
  • I fuse my appliques all the time.

    —Louise M on August 23, 2019
  • Never thought about doing this, will give it a try.

    mandy whalen on August 23, 2019
  • Never thought about doing it this way

    mandy whalen on August 23, 2019
  • I use different methods, depending on the project. Always interested in learning a new one!

    —Molly S. on August 23, 2019
  • I love machine applique and use fusible web all the time!

    —Marji Killion on August 23, 2019
  • I usually don’t use fusible applique for the exact reason she mentioned. I might try her method though

    —Delinda on August 23, 2019
  • I fuse my appliqués 100% of the time. It’s a snap!

    —Kaye Walker on August 23, 2019
  • I’ve tried fusible applique in a class, but would like to learn it well enough to feel comfortable!

    —MS Barb on August 23, 2019
  • I enjoy applique but have not used fusible methods before.

    —Kay on August 23, 2019
  • I used to do a lot of appliqué, but seem to have gotten away from it. I often used a cheap, very light weight fusible interfacing rather than fusible web. This stabilized the edges without making it stiff. Also, my needle never gummed up.

    —Chris on August 23, 2019
  • Due to hand surgery I have changed from needle turn to the donut technique.

    —Matie Walton on August 23, 2019
  • I fuse my appliques 100% of the time, I always worry that if I don’t they will come off when washing.

    —Linda A Foust on August 23, 2019
  • I am happy to have learned this method of fusible appliqué! I am workout nag on a project right now where I can put that to good d use!

    —Sandy on August 23, 2019
  • I always use the fusible technique when I do applique` although I use different weights of the product depending on the project. The video was great for beginners as well as those of us with a long quilting background… we always can be reminded of easier ways to do things. Thank you!

    —Nancy O. on August 23, 2019
  • This is not a new applique method. I have been using it for years and love it.

    It’s great how quilters share and pass down what they know to other quilters – to some it’s new and to others it’s age-old! Thanks for your comment, Linda! –Jenny

    —Linda Lee Ahn on August 23, 2019
  • I use it all the time and love it BUT I am going to try this new method!

    —Donna on August 23, 2019
  • I have used this method of appliqué and it is great! Pat cuts away a little more than I did,so now I will try her way!

    —Sharon on August 23, 2019
  • I learned how to appliqué with fusible but I’ve never trimmed it away. I’ll have to try it this way.

    —Maria on August 23, 2019
  • I use fusible web a lot!!

    —Geri on August 23, 2019
  • it depends on the instructions and pieces. I usually do find that fusible helps me do better applique

    —Sue on August 23, 2019
  • I love applique and use fusibles all the time. Will have to try this method though to eliminate stiffness.

    —stitching mom on August 23, 2019
  • I use different applique methods, depending on the project. I do like Pat’s method and will need to try it.

    —Maclary on August 23, 2019
  • I always use a light weight fusible. It make it so easy.

    —Marsha on August 23, 2019
  • I have been working on my applique skills this year. So far I fuse my shapes all of the time and then machine stitch them down. Pat’s idea of cutting down the amount of fusible on the applique makes a great deal os sense. I need to start using her method ASAP.

    —Ann West on August 23, 2019
  • I usually use fusible applique and machine stitching. My fingers are too clumsy for traditional style. Depending on the project, sometimes I use the framing method for the fusible, sometimes I leave the fusible whole.

    —SandyMay on August 23, 2019
  • I think I need this book. I am a new quilter and love the look of appliqué, but am not a patient person. This looks like a great idea.

    —Cheryl Sawyer on August 23, 2019
  • I never fuse my applique, I just machine stitch to my project.

    —Denise V on August 23, 2019
  • I use fusible applications every time I applique. I usually use machine applique and use a light weight fusible.

    —J. Clark on August 23, 2019
  • I’ve never tried fusible appliqué, but Pat makes it look easy and pretty! In my spare time I will have to try this.

    —Terri D'Ambrosio on August 23, 2019
  • I use varied applique methods, it depends on the project.

    —Stephanie Woodward on August 23, 2019
  • I fuse my appliqués 100% of the time. It’s a snap!

    —Ruthj on August 23, 2019
  • I’ve used fusible applique many times, but also prefer to trim it away as shown in the video. I did not on my first applique quilt, and I remember the stiffness as unpleasant because it did have some layers. Live and learn!

    —Lily M. on August 23, 2019
  • I have tried fusible interfacing on other projects but not a quilt. I have stayed away as far as I can from fusible or applique on a quilt, thinking if I get into trouble working with it, I’m done and that quilt will never be finished!

    —Althea Klosterman on August 23, 2019
  • It depends on the project. I have used this "window" technique for over 25 years. After my first applique quilt I didn’t like how stiff the fusible made the quilt, so I began cutting out the larger unneeded fusible to soften up the appliques. Sorry, this isn’t a new technique for some of us.

    —Becky Schultz on August 23, 2019
  • I have done some applique not a lot tho. This is a great tip especially for large shapes. Will have to try it.

    —Barbara Hosford on August 24, 2019
  • I use it about 95% of the time. Love it

    —Renea Yarolim on August 24, 2019
  • In the past when I’ve tried fusible I’ve hated the results. It seems like a waste of time but Pat’s method seems like maybe a workable technique. I think I’ll give it a try.

    —Barb Walsh on August 24, 2019
  • I have used fusible applique many times

    —Patricia Anderson on August 24, 2019
  • I fuse my appliqués 100% of the time. It’s a snap. I started my quilting journey doing applique, my preferred method was and still is fusible.

    —GwenH on August 24, 2019
  • I usually fuse most appliqués as it works best for me. I have been doing some wool applique and have learned a few tricks I can use as I’m practising!

    —Alfreda on August 25, 2019
  • I have only done fusible applique a few times, but I really like using the window approach so it will be soft. I have all of Pat’s books, and I appreciate the videos.
    Thank you Pat.

    —Marcia Freeman on August 25, 2019
  • I use fusible appliqué all the time, however, I recently learned of a new way and am anxious to try it

    —Jo Sunderman on August 28, 2019
  • I almost always use fuseable applique. IT just makes it so much simpler and the edges are smother.

    —Darliss Peabody on September 9, 2019

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