Hello! Missy here, hi-jacking the blog for a quick post about how to add fabric to your embroidery designs! This is a fun and EASY way to add a little punch to a fabulous design! Enjoy…
Fusible Web (available at craft stores such as Jo Ann’s and Michael’s, and usually sold in precut rolls)
and Everything else you normally need to embroidery such as floss, hoop, something to embroider on, scissors, etc.)
1. Read the directions on the fusible web. Each brand has specific directions for heat settings and length of time you need to press, but other than that, they are all mostly the same
2. Decide which part of the embroidery design you would like to cover with fabric. This portion of the pattern will need to be traced IN REVERSE. I usually just turn my pattern over so that I’m looking at the backside and quickly draw over the portion I need with pencil. Then it is easy to trace later, and I don’t waste. It is VERY important that you remember, you must trace the pattern to the fusible web IN REVERSE.
1. Transfer the embroidery design onto the fabric you intend to embroider (there is a very helpful post here that lists several different ways to transfer a pattern onto fabric. You can use any method for this project!)
2. Cut a piece of fusible web that is only slightly larger than the piece you need
3. Trace the part of the pattern you need onto the smooth side of the fusible web using pencil. YOU MUST TRACE THE BACK OF THE PATTERN (see preparation, step 2.)
4. Iron the fusible web to a small scrap of fabric that fits your design. You will iron the fusible web to the BACK of your fabric scrap, and make sure you iron with the rough side of the fusible web down. Otherwise, your iron will be sticky in no time! The rough part is the glue!!
5. Cut out your fabric piece on the traced pencil line
6. Peel the backing off and place your fabric piece on your embroidery design where it goes and press it into place (this is super easy because you have already completely traced the design you are going to embroidery)
7. Place your design in a hoop and embroider it just like you would any other embroidery design
8. Fusible web is almost always permanent, so it’s not necessary to sew it down for stability, but it does look cute to stitch around it and I especially like to use a blanket stitch when I do mine!
That’s it! You’re done! How did it work for you? Do you love it? Make sure you share your results in our flickr group! We love to see Pimp Stitch Patterns all stitched up!