Appliqué – MY WAY!!!

This blog today is probably more about how not to do Appliqué – my way – but to see all the problems I had and what to do to improve on it…….

I thought this was an easy craft to try out on my own and basically ‘ it’s not hard’ but attention to details makes a huge  difference.

So to begin you choose your design –  then reverse the image before you print it out (this makes it easier to cut out and when your finally ready to attach to your main item – it’s the right way round)

Print out on ordinary paper and cut out – my cutting out is not the best as you can see….

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Next is to pin your cut-out onto the fabric.

I chose some lovely shiny fabric – from one of the collage packs we sell here at Promise – no idea what it’s called – sorry – but I’ve seen how lots of crafters use scraps of fabric, to great effect, and thought it looked fab…

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And yes you’ve guessed – cut it out – again not hard but it’s all in the details as the saying goes….

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So here it is cut out – can you spot the wonky bits – no? – You’re so kind!!

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And this is what the other side looks like – not too shabby as I’m going for the hand-made look – not professional designer mode –  but as you’ll see later – I still have lots to learn….

So the next step is to take some Fuse-a-web (bond-a-web or similar product) and lay the cut outs side by side making the most of the spaces…

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Carefully turn the paper over and iron the back of the paper.

This I found easier to do by basically laying the fabric cut-outs down on the ironing board – making sure it’s the wrong side up and then lay the paper over it – I’m sure there must be a better way, but I didn’t think of it and still can’t!!!!

So now check the instructions that came with the fuse-a-web for temperature etc and then just iron – press down down firmly but keep the iron moving.

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Eventually the fuse-a-web and fabric become glued together. Now guess what….. That’s right you cut out the shapes again.

That gives you a total of 3 cuts per shape (paper only/paper and fabric/fabric and fuse-a-web).

This isn’t hard but when I chose to make this table cloth with my new business name on it – I didn’t realise that Promise CraftFairs was 17 letters which makes 51 cut-outs……applique7

So now you peel off the paper backing from each shape and place on the item you wish to appliqué ontoapplique8

Follow the instructions again for your fuse-a-web and basically iron onto the fabric

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This is my finished table cloth and I like it – in its shabby chic style and wonky lettering

Finally, well almost

Yes I should have ironed the tablecloth again for this picture but by this time I had had enough of ironing!!!!!

Things to be aware of before trying this yourself

  1. for the first time choose a simple pattern
  2. set time aside for it – it’s not hard but lots of bits to do
  3. read the instructions on your fuse-a-web (makes a mess of your iron if you don’t)
  4. shiny materials are lovely but doesn’t stick so well and after all of the above – some of the fabric lifted in the corners – so I went on to – sew around all of the cut-outs.

The whole point of using fuse-a-web was so I didn’t have to sew, and if I had known about this point I could have saved a lot more time……

However, I have since done a few more appliqué’s using 100% cotton and thicker materials – they all worked out well – so perhaps do a test of the fabric you wish to use first.

I’m sure you have seen lots of things not to do on your own projects but I did have fun and I certainly have a greater appreciation of crafters who use appliqué in their work and make it look so easy to copy.

It took me over 2 days and at least 6/7 hours to make my tablecloth!!!

If I put a price of £80 on this item – would you pay that much???? (professionally done of course) or more like at least half of that!!!  But at that lower price you wouldn’t even be paying a crafter the national minimum wage or covering the cost of materials etc……..makes you think doesn’t it…….it certainly did me…….

 

 

 

 

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