How to Use an Applique Pressing Sheet


An Applique Pressing Sheet provides a non-stick surface for pressing. The amazing part of a pressing sheet is that it will release a fusible adhesive once the applique is ironed to the sheet. This makes pressing sheets indispensable in the fusible applique process!

Here are the steps to building an applique on a pressing sheet:

Step One: Prepare the pattern pieces and fuse them on the wrong side of selected fabrics.


Step Two: Starting with units that can be layered together, build the units on the pressing sheet, fusing each layer in place. Notice that the placement pattern is visible beneath the pressing sheet. First, press the dark purple eyelids in place. This makes it easier to position the light purple eyelids, and then press in place. The pressing sheet acts like an extra hand holding everything in place for you!


Step Three: Once the units are cool, peel them from the pressing sheet.

Step Four: Continue building the units of the applique, adding them together to create sections. Here, the wings were pressed in place, using the placement diagram as a guide, then the body was added, and finally the tummy.

Below, we used the eyes that were pressed earlier and have added them to top section.


Step Five: Fuse the sections together on the pressing sheet completing the applique.

Peel the applique off the pressing sheet, now you are ready to applique this adorable owl quilt label to the back of your quilt. Position the applique in place on the background fabric, and press. It’s that simple!

Want to give it a try? Order a pressing sheet today!

Enjoy this charming Owl Quilt Label. Download the pattern here.

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After using the pressing sheet, eventually does it become useless once all the fusable is used for the applique pieces? Thank you.

Jan Wooler

Betsey, thanks so much for the tutorial. I, too, have had my pressing sheets for years and, because they do wipe clean with a wet cloth, I use them for many, many things and would not be without them. My husband also uses one in his model building crafts. I was having a problem using them to build applique units but I realized, after reading through your tutorial, that I was skipping one very important step: I was not letting them cool completely and was leaving adhesive on the mat rather than the applique. Now, I know better.


Thank you so much for this tutorial. I have have been using my pressing sheet wrong all these years. Never too old to learn something new.