I am super excited to open Whimsy Hills shop and blog to you all. Here you will find whimsical projects, tutorials, patterns and products that will strive to enrich your life one whimsy project at a time!
I know, I know…you have hundreds of crafty quilty blogs already in your bookmarks, but...
Let me tell you what Whimsy Hills is….it is:
- a place to get good quality, easy step-by-step tutorials, patterns and projects that will make you smile with a giggle!
- a growing collection of whimsical projects and tutorials that you can do, and that won’t make you feel that you don’t measure up if it doesn’t look like Martha Stewart perfection.
- based on a crafter just like you who is always searching for that unique project that will make everyone say…”Ooooohhhh, heehehhehhheee”.
So with that being said…to launch my dream and passion to you, here is my first easy step-by-step tutorial, “How to Use Fusible Web Creatively!” Since the majority of my patterns will be applique based, I wanted to give you the easy rundown of how to use fusible web, so you could do them too!
I tried other applique techniques, but using fusible web spoke to me in a way that the other techniques did not. It allowed me to transpose my graphic work into quilting & sewing projects that was easy and less time consuming. This tutorial is for those who would like to try this applique technique. It is super easy and has limitless possibilities for any quilting or sewing project you may have in mind.
The Power of Fusible Web
You may have heard of applique fusible web before, and thought it was too complicated to use, or that the web somehow gums up your needle as you sew (which has never happened to me, and I’ve been doing this for more than 20 years).
Nay, Nay, I say!!
This tutorial is to help you not only learn the basics of how to use fusible web, by describe the many incredible uses for this wonderful applique resource. Just consider using fusible web to put into your creative applique box of ideas!
My friend, Jessica, from Sweet Briar Sisters.com has a wonderful and very useful post, “Finding the Best Fusible Web Out There” which is about the different kinds of fusible web out there and how each one is used for different purposes. Check it out! She has done all the research for you!
I use a simple rule, that if you are using applique fusible web for baby quilts, you want the lightest fusible web you can get, so it’s not stiff when you wash the quilt afterwards. You can buy it in packages or on a bolt. I prefer off the bolt, as I have the freedom to use larger sheets for my larger applique projects I want to do. I buy a 10 meter bolt of Pellon Wonder Under 805 from Amazon.ca (I’m Canadian). You want the kind with the paper backing. You can also get it at your favorite fabric store as well, that way you can feel the weight of what you want.
Let’s get started!!!
1. Download and print the “Little Angel” applique pattern. NOTE: The dotted lines you see on my pattern are the areas of the pieces that are supposed to be under the top piece. These dotted lines help when tracing out each piece. The wings you need to trace twice making sure they are trace opposite of each other.
2. Place your fusible web on top of your applique pattern with the paper facing up.
3. With the thin permanent black marker, trace each applique piece separately onto your fusible web. Spread your pieces about 1” – ½” apart from each other
4. PLEASE NOTE: When you are tracing your applique image whatever side it is facing, when you press it down onto your fabric, it will be facing the opposite direction. Something to think about, especially if you’re doing text. If you are doing text, trace it backwards onto the paper side of your fusible web, and then when you press it with an iron, it will be facing the correct way and will be legible.
5. Once you've traced each piece of your applique pattern cut AROUND each piece about 1/8” – DO NOT CUT ON THE TRACED LINE!
6. Choose your fabric colors for each piece! This is my favorite part; it allows me to use up a lot of my scraps. This is one reason why I keep every bit of fabric scrap – I throw nothing away!
7. After you’ve chosen all of your fabric, iron them flat if you need to – they should have no wrinkles. Let the fabric cool.
8. Take one of your pieces you’ve cut out from the fusible web and the corresponding fabric you’ve chosen for it. Flip over the fabric so the ‘right side’ is facing down on your ironing board. Place your fusible web piece on top of the back of your fabric – PAPER SIDE UP and press with a hot dry iron for about 5 – 10 seconds. Continue to do this with all of your pieces and their corresponding fabric. Let them all cool completely.
9. Now cut out each piece ON THE LINE!
10. Remove the paper back of all your pieces. How, you ask? I take each piece one at a time and holding it with both hands, I rub it briskly together (kind of like when you spray stain remover on fabric and you rub in the remover into the stain). This helps to remove the paper from the fabric. If the pieces are really small, take the sharp end of a sewing pin and make a line through the paper, this creates a little tear that you can remove the paper with. NOTE: If it seems that your edges are fraying as you are removing the paper backing, then I iron it down a little more. Sometimes all it really needs is a bit more heat and time to adhere to the fabric. If there is a bit of fraying, trim the edge of the piece, but very, very rarely have I ever had to do this
11. With all of the paper backing removed from each piece, place your pieces on top of each other. On the ‘right side’ of whatever fabric you are affixing your applique pattern to. Start from the bottom piece and work your way up. Ensure that all of your pieces are where they need to be before you press down
How to Use this Technique Creatively?
I will get more in-depth with this one in a later post, but some ideas to wet your whimsy imagination would be...
I encourage you to try this fun and easy applique technique. Send me a pic of your whimsical work, I would love to see what you create!
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Hello! I’m Kerry Lee-Crawford, the creator of Whimsy Hills. I help sewers and quilters create inspirational projects that are purposeful and unique. Enjoy and please share with your friends! Read more about me here!