{How To} Simple Iron On Fabric Applique

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If I take a look back to this time last year, my machines were buzzing with embroidered appliques. So, many different designs that it was hard to keep up.

Photos are of items sold in the Etsy shop during the 2010 holiday season!

So this year, I thought it might be fun to share with you a few tips and tricks on how to create your own fabric appliques.

This project is for sewers of all levels.

Skill Level- 1 Button


You will need scissors & an iron to complete this project. 

Basic Instructions:

  1. Find a pattern/ shape you like.  Select a few fun fabrics.
  2. Draw shape onto fusible backing. If your shape is asymmetrical, remember to use the mirror image as this will be turned once applied to your garment.
  3. Following the directions on your fusible, apply the fusible to the wrong side of fabric. **Be sure to watch placement with prints.
  4. Cut out shape.
  5. To apply to a tee shirt or garment- peel the backer of fusible off; center on garment and iron as directed on fusible package.
  6. Feel free to apply any additional trims or notions. Such as the bows on stack of presents.
**You may also wish to apply a straight stitch or zig zag stitch along the outside of applique for extra strength during the laundering process.
Over time, the edges of the fabric may fray and add to that handmade feel.

For this type of applique work, I always use HeatnBond.

These are super easy to make and really can help use up your scraps. I would love to see what fun things you create! Please share your finished projects on my facebook page!

ps- For those that just do not want to search for the perfect fabric, these DIY Applique trees and many others are in the shop and ready to ship.

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  1. I especially love the little tree ornaments, so cheerful!

  2. love the bright colors…nice work

  3. tree appliques are very cute, i love them!

  4. Great tips! Thanks for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday. I hope to see you back this week!

  5. Any hints on how to apply the iron on adhesive when you create a machine embroidered applique to later iron on? I’ve had problems getting them to stick to anything!

    • Hello Melissa,
      You need to carefully follow the instructions on your fusible. Sometimes if you apply the fusible with too high of a heat it burns away and does not leave enough of the bonding agent behind. I realized that the post did not include the fusible that I use and have added the product to the post. Another tip is iron from the wrong side of the fabric you are adhering your embroidered appliqué too. This will allow the heat to be more evenly distributed on the fabric.
      Hope these tips are helpful.

      • Thank you! I wonder if I was using too high of heat that mine wasn’t sticking. I had the hardest part on the edges because a machine applique is so much thicker than cut fabric! I do use HeatNBond, so that is great 😉 Thanks for the quick reply, I appreciate the advice!

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