How to do Appliqué using Bondaweb

Applique using Bondaweb

In patchwork and quilting, appliqué is normally a piece of fabric that has been cut out in a specific shape and applied to the surface of another piece of fabric. This may be done in a number of ways but for this example I am using Bondaweb which is a web of fusible adhesive applied to the surface of a peel away paper.

To protect the surface of the fabric which you are appliqueing, the design may be traced or drawn on to the paper side of the Bondaweb. As the Bondaweb will be applied to the wrong side of the fabric it will be a mirror image of how the finished shape will look.

To Make

I have taken the shape of a rabbit and traced it on to the smooth side of a piece of Bondaweb. Figure 1. Note the rabbit is facing left. The rough side of the Bondaweb is the fusible web so place the rough side to the wrong side of the fabric to be used as the appliqué. Press this with a dry medium temperature iron (2 dots) and it should look as Figure 2. This will transfer the fusible web from the Bondaweb paper to the fabric. Now cut the rabbit shape out carefully which should be as Figure 3 showing the rabbit with the Bondaweb paper still in position.

  1.  Fig 1
  2. Fig 2
  3. Fig 3

The paper may now be peeled off and you will find that the layer of fusible web is attached to the fabric and not the paper - Figure 4. Place the rabbit with the fusible side to the right side of the background fabric. Note the rabbit is now looking to the right. Position with care before pressing lightly with a dry medium iron. Cover with a damp pressing cloth and press again for 5 seconds. Increase the heat of the iron to 3 dots and press again. Figure 5. This will hold the rabbit in position so that it can be stitched to permanently secure. Leave for about 20 minutes to cool before continuing.

TIP: Place a piece of tear away embroidery stabiliser loosely underneath the fabric to support the stitching. Try to control the stitching so that the needle just goes off the right hand edge of the rabbit into the background fabric with the rest of the stitch width being on the rabbit fabric. It is a good idea to try this on a scrap of the fabric before you actually stitch on the real thing. Stitch slowly but fairly steadily so that you can think about where the needle is going as you turn the curves and corners. When complete your rabbit should look like this - Figure 6. Carefully tear away the tear away stabiliser.

If you would like to try something a bit more adventurous I have designed a mini quilt top with Appliqué Poppies . This has a combination of tonal petals but uses the same technique as shown above.

I hope you will find the above notes useful and perhaps try an appliqué design in a future project.

Wendy at The Tabbycat