How to appliqué with laser-cut appliqués Nancy Zieman



Create modern, stylish wall art with your favorite fabric and precut fusible fabric appliqués. I’m particularly fond of the laser-cut Family appliqué which includes eight silhouettes of birds. The project is simple—after all the appliqués are already cut out and backed with fusible web. Your job includes adding highlights (optional), choosing a background fabric, and framing. It’s an evening project!

I’ve designed 24 precut fusible fabric appliqués. To see all of the options, click here.

How to Create Low-Sew Fabric Wall Art

When Eileen Roche was at my office to prepare for a recording of Sewing With Nancy, she spotted the laser-cut appliqués sitting on a work area and commented, “I’d highlight those with gold paint!” That was one of those times when I thought, “Why didn’t I think of that!” The next weekend, I took her advice.

Highlight the Appliqués

  • When the appliqué is removed from the package, this is what it looks like. It’s precision cut—almost too good to be true! FYI—The fabric is high-quality Kona cotton.


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  • The birds are also in the package in a separate bag.


Laser cut appliqués Nancy Zieman



  • Place the appliqués on wax paper.
  • With fabric paints and a painting sponge, lightly dab the ends of the leaves and also highlight the birds. You’re the artist!
  • Allow to dry.


Laser cut appliqués Nancy Zieman




Laser cut appliqués Nancy Zieman



Select a Stretched Canvas

  • This wall art piece was attached to a 16″ x 20″ stretched canvas. Frames are available at craft and art stores. You’ll find them in the oil painting supplies section.
  • There are two common side depths of the canvas, 3/4″ and 1-1/2.″ I used the 3/4″ side depth.

Cut a rectangle of fabric:

  • With a 3/4″ side depth, cut a fabric rectangle 4-1/2″ wider and longer than the size of the canvas. The fabric was cut 20-1/2″ x 24-1/2.″ (Cut the fabric rectangle 6-1/2″ wider and longer if using the deeper 1-1/2″ side depth canvas.)
  • Back the fabric with a fusible interfacing, such as ShirTailor.


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Note from Nancy: The extra stability provided by the interfacing gives a crisp, professional look to your artwork. Don’t skip this step!

Stitch, Press, and Staple!

  • Serge or zigzag the edges of the fabric.
  • Using a ruler, mark and cut out a 2″ square from each corner. This is the cut-out needed for stretched canvases with 3/4″ depth. For more info on framing other sizes, click here.

laser-cut appliqués nancy zieman




laser-cut appliqués nancy zieman




How to appliqué with laser-cut appliqués Nancy Zieman



  • Fold the fabric at each corner, aligning the cut edges and right sides. Sew or serge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  • Turn the artwork right side out. Press the seams open.
Note from Nancy: When you’re finished stitching all four corners, your artwork has the appearance of a mini-fitted bed sheet!

Laser cut fusible appliqués Nancy Zieman

  • Cut two layers of polyester fleece the size of the finished frame.
  • Use double-sided basting tape to attach the fleece sections to the canvas.

Laser cut fusible appliqués Nancy Zieman

  • Slip the fabric over the canvas. It will be a snug fit.
  • Fold the excess fabric to the underside of the canvas frame. Fold miters at the corners; staple.

Note from Nancy: Make sure that you’re stretching the fabric evenly. Take time to check the front image to make sure that the fabric is not distorted.


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Picture Frame Option

Another stunning way to frame this appliqué is with a picture frame. Click here for more of my hints on framing appliqués.


laser cut fusible appliqués Nancy Zieman



Nancy Zieman's Giveaway

Would you like to win the Family Laser-cut Fusible Appliqué? What fabric would you use, or where would you apply this image, or how would you use it? Let me know and you’ll be eligible for the random drawing. The winner will be announced on January 9. If you can’t wait to try this technique, you can click here to see ordering details.


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