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Heat N Bond Lite, paper backed fusible web (HNB)
Iron & hard surface
Template to work with
Fabrics, one for template, one for backing
Optional: sewing machine & matching threads
This is a great way to make up quick little quilts, tea towels, you can even create applique’s for doll skirts/dresses/etc. It’s my favorite way to applique! I use Heat N Bond Lite if I am going to sew on top of the design; you can use the heavy duty if you will not be sewing the design.
1. Warm up your iron – this brand of HNB requires no steam, hot cotton setting. Meanwhile, trace your pattern onto a piece of HNB on the paper side.
** VERY important note: when you use this paper-backed fusible web you must make sure your design is ‘backwards’ when you trace it; for my heart it didn’t matter because there’s no right or wrong side to the shape. The best way to do this is copy the image to a Word document; click on it and select ‘draw’, ‘rotate or flip’ and ‘flip horizontal’. It will change the direction to a mirror image.
2. Cut around the shape loosely with your scissors.
3. In my sample, I used homespun – so there’s no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ side of the fabric. If you are using a patterned fabric, you will do this step to the WRONG side of the fabric. Use your iron and press the shape onto fabric – you will press on the paper side. Follow manufacturer instructions on how long to press.
4. Wait for it to cool down a minute and now cut ON the traced line of your pattern. Gently peel the paper backing off – you will see a light ‘shine’ when you take the paper off.
5. Flip the piece over so the shiny side is face down on your 2nd fabric (this can be a quilt square, a tea towel, etc.). And press again, follow manufacturer’s instructions for how long.
Optional finishing: I like to set my sewing machine to fancy stitches, like the Feather Stitch or sometimes just plain ole zig-zag. Use matching or contrasting thread and sew around the design. This will allow it be machine washable too.
Tutorial submitted by Cindy of www.homespunfromtheheart.com