So the term in general means “Applied” which is exactly what youre doing! In textiles and sewing, you’re applying a patch of decorative fabric to your garment! However it generally involves an EMBROIDERY machine or a lot of time to hand satin stitch your applique.
But in this method, its much much easier but goes just as fast!
What youre gonna need:
- Your sewing machine
- Thread that matches the applique
-Your applique fabric
- Heat n Bond Ultra hold (red package please)
- an Iron
- and your garment!
Lets get started!
First, Youre gonna want to draw out what your applique patch will look like on the back side of the heat n bond aka the paper
Mine is just a basic dragon scale/ a shitty circle and cut it out.
Next, take your applique fabric and on the WRONG side of it, place your heat n Bond adhesive side down/paper side up
Now take your iron and heat it up on a medium high setting.(NO STEAM!!! YOU NEED THAT DRY HEAT) and constantly moving it over the paper side so the adhesive melts on the applique fabric for about 5 seconds or until the HnB sticks to the fabric.
Cut around the HnB patch and peel off the back!
CONGRATS!!! YOU MADE YOUR FIRST APPLIQUE PATCH!!
Now to sew it!
Okay so now you wanna grab your garment piece RIGHT SIDE UP and place and place your applique patch with the adhesive side down
Now take your iron and place it over the patch and let it melt onto the garment piece. This will take longer depending on what kind of fabric youre using! Fleece will take longer while cotton and blends take less.
Now to stitch around! The Adhesive is there JUST to keep the patch from sliding around! And using lots of needles is tedious!
Okay so we’re gonna be using 2 stitches, technically 3 if you count the back stitch! (A) which is a regular running straight stitch and (B) A Zig Zag stitch
Now stitch as close as you can to the edge of the applique as you can and you should get something like this. Take it slow! slow and steady always wins! Dont worry if you didnt get close enough or its not perfect! We’re gonna cover it with the zigzag stitch
Now change the stitch setting to a Zigzag stitch and stitch around the patch similar to how we did with the straight stitch. But This time, youre ‘sealing’ the edges of the applique to prevent fraying. You should get this as a result. its not perfect and thats okay! Just a bit more practice!
A couple examples of more applique stitching with a regular machine
Now I used Anti Pill fleece for this tutorial but you can do with with almost any fabric! Remember to test swatches first! And this is the Heat n Bond I used! it cost about $3 at Joanns for one yard.
Some fabrics will work better than others! And be careful of how long youre melting the adhesive! Too long and it will slip right off leaving a patch of sticky residue!
Thanks for checking this tutorial guys! And dont hesitate to ask questions if I didnt explain it very well! :)