|I found a quick easy way to trace an intricately shaped object. I wanted to copy the shape of a nice fresh leaf I found outside. It was a very interesting and complicated shape...this would have taken half an hour to trace.
Suddenly I thought of an old box of perfumed powder [the kind that comes with a big powder puff] I had stuffed in the back of a drawer for the last 20 or more years. Has anyone ever actually used up one of these boxes of powder? I knew [subconsciously] there'd be a use for this stuff someday! lol
I laid the leaf on my fabric, held it in place with one hand, and powdered around it with the puff. Voila, it was 'traced' perfectly in seconds.
I actually did this to use fabric paint, and painted inside the powdering, but it would be useful for making fusible appliques too. Granted, your fabric must have color for this to show, and wouldn't work on white fabric.
No worries about tracing lines "coming out" of the fabric when done...just shake the powder out.
Bonus...a really lovely aroma while you work.