Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Printing onto Fusible Web

I love raw edge applique... My favorite stitch is a satin stitch. I can make pretty much anything into a quilt using raw edge applique. My biggest time saver is printing my applique pieces onto fusible web using my computer printer. I no longer have to spend hours tracing my pieces (standing at a window using the light from outside), hoping they look something similar to what I am trying to trace. I'm able to print multiple copies so that every one of my pieces are exactly the same. 

Things you will need:

  • Fusible Web: I prefer Heat N Bond Light - but have seen it work on Steam A Seam II.
  • Inkjet Printer
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Mat
  • Acrylic Ruler 24"
  • Scotch Tape
  • One Sheet of Regular Paper

To print onto fusible web (Inkjet Only): Use a fusible web that has paper on one side; Heat n Bond Lite. Cut out paper sized sheets of fusible web, measuring 11” x 8½”. 

Heat n Bond Lite can be cut so that you get 2 sheets per width of fusible. Use a desk corner or such to flatten the papers so they do not curl up.

On a regular piece of paper, draw a small X in the corner and place it in the printer. Remember how you placed the page with the X; up or down, so you know which side of the paper your printer prints on and you will know which way to add your fusible web sheet. Test print one page (or another test page). 
Since Heat N Bond is flimsy, I stacked it with another regular piece of paper, placing the non paper side of the fusible web on the regular piece of paper. I then folded over two pieces of tape on the top edge. I fed it through the printer, inserted taped edge into the printer first. Place one (1) fusible web paper into printer tray so that when you print, it prints on the paper side of the fusible web. Print only one page at a time
Select File and Print. In the Page to Print section: type in the page number you wish to print. Select Print. Repeat steps for additional pages.

Note: if printing from a PDF, make sure the "Shrink to Fit" option is not set. Make sure "Actual Size" print option is set instead.


  1. Nicely explained on how to print on Heat N Bond Lite. That is my preferred fusible too. I just got my printer up and working again so might have to try printing directly on it.

    1. Awesome! I wouldnt have it any other way. :)

  2. Thank you so much Paco, you have saved me many hours of discomfort. I find the process of tracing off my applique pieces are no longer a pleasure.

    1. You're welcome! Let me know how it works for you...