Applique Tutorial by Jacks & Kate

Appliqué Tutorial: Part One

If ever there were a day I was going to lock myself in a room with a jar of Nutella and a shovel, it would have been yesterday. The fights, there were many. The meltdowns, I stopped counting after 10. The whining, intolerable! Amidst all the craziness, I managed to put together my very first tutorial. Did you catch that shameless “Super Mom” plug?

So, are you ready to learn how to do appliqué {APP-LA-KAY not UH-PLEEK}? Well, actually this will be a two part series. The first part, which I’m showing you today, is all about the preparation. You’ll need to gather the following supplies to get started:

Heat-N-Bond Lite

Fusible Interfacing {I prefer the feather weight}

Fabric Scraps

Template {appliqué design}




Now take your template {in my case it’s letters} and flip it so it is backwards.

Next, take your pen and carefully trace around your template.

In my example, I’m using 5 different fabric scraps. So, I’ll need to separate the letters by carefully cutting between them. Now, you’ll need to make a sandwich of sorts. On top is the Heat-n-Bond {sticky side down}, next, 2 pieces of fusible interfacing {rough side down}, and lastly, the fabric scrap {right side down}. The photo shows them individually, but you will need to actually stack them into one piece as described above. Once you have all of these in position, press with your iron on a cotton setting for about 10 seconds on each side. Be careful when picking it up, as it’s super hot!

Here is where you begin cutting. For smaller, more detailed cutting, I like to use these micro top scissors. Try to avoid lifting the scissors from the fabric piece as you cut. You’ll get a much smoother edge if you guide the fabric into the scissor blades, never lifting the scissors. As for those center parts of the letters, you can see in the picture I just fold it in half and make a single cut. Then, unfold and continue cutting.

Now that all of my letters are cut, I’m going to position them on the bag exterior. Press on a cotton setting with a pressing cloth. Avoid ironing. Ironing is moving the iron back and forth. Save that business for your laundry, you don’t want to do that here. It could shift your letters or ravel the edges.

And there you go! Whew…these tutorials take quite a while. I carry all this information around in my head, so it’s a bit difficult figuring out the steps as you would need to see them. I’ll try to get part 2 up as soon as possible!

Appliqué Tutorial: Part Two



6 thoughts on “Appliqué Tutorial: Part One

  1. krisha Post author

    The ones pictured I picked up from JoAnn’s in the scrapbook section. They are nice, because they are made of chipboard. It gives it a strong edge for tracing. Since I use a bunch of different sizes, sometimes I just make my own on the computer.

  2. Amy

    Was I one of the people you were thinking about when you decided to show this? Looking forward to the zig zag!

  3. Darcie

    I found it interesting that you used two layers of featherweight interfacing! Have you tried one layer of medium, and, if so, what didn’t you like about it? Your letters do have a nice, crisp but not stiff look to them!

    (And I just found you today from the LBB post on Facebook. Love the blog design and posts so far!)

  4. krisha Post author

    Hi Darcie! Welcome and thank you!

    Well I have two reasons. The first being I interface all of my bags with featherweight, and I have lots of scraps that are perfect for my appliqué work. It has been trial and error. I used to only use one piece and I found it just seemed to “flat” for my liking. I use the Pellon brand and it actually is a nice weight…pretty close to medium. The second reason, is I could only use one layer of medium, still giving me a “flat” look. Two would be too much. I like the applique to have a little bit of a raised appearance. It adds to the crisp look and actually helps as a guide when doing the appliqué work.

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