The Most Essential Appliquè Tools and Materials
Needles, thread, fusible web, and more notions are needed to make decorative stitches.
Before you make a single stitch, know this: There's an endless supply of thread, floss, needles, hoops, and other tools to start your appliqué kit. Here are all of the odds and ends you'll need to keep your hands busy, in addition to the motifs you will cut from fabric.
Made of adhesive backed with removable paper, fusible web is used to attach designs by the iron-on appliqué technique. There are different types of varying strength, including Thermoweb Heat-n-Bond Iron-On Adhesive ($4, michaels.com) or Pellon Fusible Interfacing ($2.60, purlsoho.com).
Once you've determined where to place appliqué designs, you can use this paper, such as Saral Wax Free Transfer Paper ($12.70, dickblick.com) to outline the motif onto the background fabric. This method is particularly useful when working with templates that have multiple pieces.
Used in conjunction with transfer paper, the pressure from a thin wheel like the Clover Tracing Wheel ($6, clover-usa.com) helps trace outlines onto fabric to mark the placement of appliqué motifs.
Disappearing-Ink Fabric Pen
This water-soluble pen—try Loops & Threads Disappearing Ink Marking Pen ($7.49, michaels.com)—can be used to trace around templates, or as an alternative to transfer paper to mark the placement of appliqué pieces.
Short needles are best for basting as well as for the fine hand-turn stitches required to attach appliqué pieces to the background fabric. Specialty appliqué needles such as Bohin Appliqué Needles ($2.68, fatquartershop.com) or Fons & Porter's Wool Appliqué Needles ($5, studiobilllocke.com) are also available.