Using fusible web for wool applique: easy as can be (tutorial + fabric giveaway!)

From All for Fall’Tis the season for wool: sweaters, mittens, hats, scarves—and yes, ’tis the season for sewing with wool too! Imagine curling up on the couch, hot coffee or tea nearby, needle, thread, and fuzzy bits of wool at the ready. We want to go to there!

All for Fall author Bonnie Sullivan knows a thing or two about working with wool. She knows a lot about fabrics that behave like wool too. Bonnie designed her Woolies Flannel line of fabrics with Maywood Studio to look like wool, but they sew, piece, and wash like quality cotton flannel because they are flannel! You’ll find classic herringbones, plaids, and tweeds—those fall-inspired fabrics you want to cozy up in as your feet crunch along leaf-laden sidewalks.

Dance of the Autumn Leaves
Dance of the Autumn Leaves

Bonnie’s way of doing wool appliqué couldn’t be simpler—she’s got a few tricks up her (flannel) sleeves! One of them? Fusible web, which not only makes appliqué a breeze; it also prevents edges from unraveling. To whisk you into the spirit of the season, we’re sharing Bonnie’s fusible web for wool appliqué how-to from All for Fall below. Read on and you’ll see what we mean by simple!


Wool appliqué is easy and so much fun. Over the years, I’ve tried many different ways of preparing the pieces for appliqué and many different stitches, and I’ve settled on the following techniques.

1. Patterns are reversed for use with fusible web. Trace the patterns onto the paper side of lightweight fusible web, and cut out the shapes roughly ⅛" to ¼" outside the traced lines.

2. Place the paper shapes on the wrong side of the designated fabric and fuse in place following the manufacturer’s instructions. Cut out the pieces on the lines.

3. Peel the paper off the shapes and arrange them on the appropriate fabrics; press to fuse the shapes to the fabric. When using fusible web with wool, you may have to give it a little more time and pressure to make sure the heat goes through the thick wool, especially when there are multiple layers. Because the wool is thick, pressing from the back after you’ve pressed the front will help the glue to adhere.

4. Stitch the shapes to the fabric as described in the project instructions. On most of my projects I use a simple whipstitch to further secure the appliqué shapes to a background fabric.

Blissfully simple, don’t you think? Even those of us who think we’re allergic to appliqué can go pro with Bonnie’s approach!

Use Bonnie’s wool-appliqué techniques to create a bounty of beautiful items to dress up your fall decor, such as:

Stars in the Pumpkin Patch
Stars in the Pumpkin Patch

Acorn Hollow
Acorn Hollow

Give Thanks
Give Thanks

See all 16 projects from All for Fall >>>

And speaking of the fine Woolies Flannels that Bonnie designs . . . our friends at Maywood Studio sent us a generous heap of them to share with one lucky winner today!

One winner will receive three Woolies Flannel charm packs, one Irish Chain Quilt kit, and one 12-Block Log Cabin Quilt kit from Maywood Studios plus a copy of All for Fall!

All for FallTo enter the random drawing, tell us in the comments:

 What kind of stitch do you use when appliquéing with wool?

  • I use a whipstitch, just like Bonnie.
  • I prefer a blanket stitch.
  • I’ve never tried wool appliqué, but I’m ready to give it a try!

We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to stitch for fall with Bonnie, you can order All for Fall at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing. The winner is Sheila, who says:

“I am just trying wool appliqué. My first block I have used chain stitch. The hardest thing is to find a source for wool.”

We’ll email you about your prize, Sheila—congratulations!


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