Using a fusible adhesive is the easiest way to applique. You’re essentially gluing the fabrics together, and then you have the option to stitch around the edge of the applique to add extra strength. I usually straight stitch around the edge, or do a running stitch by hand with embroidery thread, but in the video I show you how to zigzag stitch around the edges of the patch.
Update! For a long time I hardly ever used fusible adhesive. The products were all just too stiff, and the ones that were more flexible just didn’t hold well. No more! There are have been a lot of improvements in this category and now this is my very favorite applique technique – which means I have a lot more videos for it. First – here’s the post where I test some of the new products on the market. Also – here’s the video where I show all the details for how I now use fusible adhesive for all my quilts.
PS Becky had a couple of questions in the comments section that reminded me of a couple of things I should add here.
1. Always use lightweight fusible adhesive on clothing or quilts. The heavy stuff is too hard to sew through and also unpleasantly stiff.
2. Always prewash your fabric and DON’T use any fabric softener in the washer or the dryer sheets. Those can leave a substance on the surface of the fabric that keeps the adhesive from sticking properly. You need to prewash new fabric and clothing too – the sizing the manufacturers use to keep things looking fresh and crisp in the store can do the same thing.