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!


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