I’ve been making fabric appliqués for years. I love using them for banners and other party decorations, t-shirt decorating, and quilts. I use Heat N Bond Ultra (for no sew projects) or Lite (if I intend on sewing down the edges) and I wholeheartedly recommend both. I started selling these a few years ago and have had customers iron them onto all sorts of different surfaces, but I wanted to share with you one of my favorite discoveries- fabric applique cards.
I just adore the textural cards when I go card shopping, but I am always amazed at how expensive they can be. A beautiful card made with fabric, beads, and other embellishments sells for $8 and upwards in stores. How about trying to make your own? Let me show you how!
You will need:
Fabric – just a small piece as large as you’d like your applique. I typically use quilting cotton. This is a great project to use up scraps!
Heat N Bond Ultra Hold – you can get this from Walmart, craft stores, or Amazon
Iron and ironing board
Decide on a shape you’d like to cut out and trace onto the papery side of the Heat N Bond Ultra. I cut a piece of cardstock using my Silhouette Portrait to use as a template, but you can print a shape you like out on your computer and hold it up to a window to trace. Just remember you want to trace it upside down! This will end up being the back of the applique, so it needs to be a mirror image.
To iron, set your iron to the cotton setting. I don’t add water to my iron, but if your iron has water just turn off the steam. You don’t want this to get wet. Iron the Heat N Bond so that the paper side is up and the adhesive (shiny) side is facing the wrong side of your fabric. You only need to iron this on for a few seconds. Slide your iron smoothly over the paper so that the applique is fully adhered.
Allow the fabric and applique to cool for about a minute and then you can cut it out.
Cut following your traced line using sharp scissors. To cut inside sections (like between the antlers on this deer) I carefully bend the applique so I can snip a tiny section to slide my scissors in.
Peel off the paper backing and discard. You will notice the wrong side of your fabric applique is now shiny.
Cut your cardstock down to size. I cut the length of an 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper in half at 5 1/2″. Then I fold each side in halves to make two cards that are 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.
Place your applique shiny side down on the cardstock. Using your hot, dry iron, smoothly iron over the applique for 5-8 seconds. Allow it to cool.
That’s it! Wasn’t that easy? Now you can add embellishments.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial. Remember you can always purchase precut appliqués in my Etsy shop. I’m happy to make custom items. If you try out these tutorial, please send me pictures of your finished project! I’d love to see what you make. Happy crafting!