If you are using a fusible web product for applique (such as Wonder Under, Steam-A-Seam, etc.), you have to peel the paper off the back before fusing the shape onto a background. Sometimes getting that paper off can be a challenge! This hint works with ANY fusible product that has a paper backing.
You don't want to attempt to peel the paper off from the edge of the shape. Usually this will only frustrate you and you will end up fraying the edges of your shape. That's not pretty!
Pick up your shape and score the paper backing with a pin. I am using a leaf shape for this example.
Make the score big enough so that you can grab the paper from the center of the shape.
Pull off the paper from the center to the edge.
You are now able to iron the applique on your background and stitch it down however you'd like!