Favorite Tools: Applique Pressing Sheet

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An applique pressing sheet is a favorite tool of many sewers and quilters. ZJ Humbach shares why an applique pressing sheet is always in her sewing and quilting studio, and explains that there are several ways to use it and shows one of her favorites.

Pressing Sheet

ZJ begins by showing what the pressing sheet looks like and explains how it feels. While many people may use scrap pieces of cotton or linen as press cloths- this applique pressing sheet is a different material entirely. Because of this it has several uses including being used for applique, being used as a press cloth, a craft mat, an ironing board cover and many others.


ZJ then explains how to use the applique pressing sheet to build appliques that require many pieces. She shows an example of an applique template and explains how you would use it to trace the design onto the wrong side of fabric backed with a fusible adhesive. Once the fabric pieces have been cut out they can be ‘built’ or pre- assembled prior to fusing and stitching them onto fabric.

ZJ shows how to layer the applique pressing sheet over the top of the applique template and shows how it can be easily seen through. Because of this she can then layer the pieces of her applique shape together following the template. ZJ explains that she likes to use a pressure sensitive fusible adhesive and explains how it makes it easier to repositions the pieces of the design if needed.

The pressing sheet has a non-stick surface, so once the applique shapes have been layered together- ZJ shows how to press the shapes, adhering them together and making them into one applique design that can then be easily transferred to fabric, adhered in place and then stitched.