Saturday 7 July 2012

Tutorial - Using Bondaweb.

I had a request to do a turorial on how to use bondaweb.  So here it is:

First of all you need to choose your design and draw it on paper.  I've copied the teddy bear from the fabric here but your design could be absolutely anything.  If you are a beginner try a simple shape like a circle or a heart.

You will notice that the bondaweb has a smooth side and a rough side.  From your drawing trace your design on to the SMOOTH side.  Cut out your shapes an 1/8" away from your drawn line.

Using a hot iron with NO steam gently press your bondaweb onto the WRONG side of the fabric.

Cut out your shapes using a sharp pair of scissors.   There will be a layer of paper on the back now and this needs to be peeled off gently.   The wrong side of your fabric will be left with a layer of adhesive on it.

Place your shapes right side up on the background fabric and gently press with a hot iron.
The shapes will now be stuck to your fabric.

Keep adding to your chosen design until your are ready to applique your shapes.

The shapes can either be appliqued by hand using a blanket stitch or they can be worked on a sewing machine.  I like to use a small zig zag stitch with the stitch length set vey low so the stitches are close together.


If you would like to add lettering simply draw it out on paper.

Then using a light box or if you don't have one, do as I did and tape it to a window, trace the lettering from the right side to the wrong side.

Now using the letters reversed, trace them this way onto the SMOOTH side of your bondaweb.
Cut them out and iron them down onto the WRONG side of your fabric as before.

When you cut the letters out and turn them over they will be the right way round.  Apply them to your background fabric and applique.

Another sample of lettering.
I love using bondaweb - it's so quick and easy.  Have fun with yours.


June said...

wonderful post , thank you for sharing x

sazzle said...

Confident now about how to use bondaweb, thank you!

Prawns and Pineapples said...

Thank you so much, you've just saved my bacon. I almost applied the bondaweb the wrong way lol

Thanks again

Unknown said...

Thanks for helping me

Roaming Pixies said...

Thank you so much for sharing. I'm new to making appliques. Just wondering, do you sew around the eyes too? How do you do that for such a small detail? One final question, do you need to prewash the fabric when using bondaweb?

Thanks again!

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