Yesterday, I spoke about the basics of fusible applique with HeatnBond Feather Lite Iron-On Adhesive where essentially you hand draw your appliques onto the paper backing of the product. Today, I want to talk about a very exciting product to make the design process so much easier and that product is HeatnBond EZ Print Lite.
What is great about HeatnBond EZ Print Lite?
- You can download copyright-free designs from the Internet, copy and paste them onto a document and print onto the paper side of this product allowing you thousands of design possibilities.
- You can download shapes available in Word or other word processing tools on your computer.
- It’s great for lightweight fabrics, machine applique, and quilting.
- You don’t have to be an artist to use this product because your computer and printer will do the work for you.
- There’s no drawing required on the paper backing.
- Once fused to fabric, it’s machine washable.
- It’s transparent.
How to use HeatnBond EZ Print Lite:
- Download designs you wish to work with from the Internet or designs on your computer. There are also some cute designs for baby bibs here. Also, refer to yesterday’s post about baby bib construction.
- Print the designs out from your computer to printer as per the instructions on the package. You want to print on the paper side.
- Cut out the applique ‘duck’ below.
- When I see parts of my applique that are part of the whole design but need to be separated away for a color difference, I trace them out onto another piece of fusible. In this case, the wing needed to be re-traced as it will be a different color fabric than the body of the duck. You can use the gaps on the printed out design for these little pieces. Trace on the paper side.
- Once you have the design cut out of the HeatnBond EZ Print Lite, lay it glue side down to the wrong side of the fabric.
- Press the appliques with a Pressing Paper. It protects your ironing surface and your iron. Press for about 10-15 seconds.
- Cut out the design.
- Remove the paper, you’ll see the sheen of the glue.
- Audition and center the design on the fabric, glue side of applique should be placed down on the right side of the fabric.
- Satin stitch or zigzag the applique edges to prevent fraying as bibs are washed frequently.
- If you wish to add other details like a French knot eye or other hand embroideries, do it before constructing your bib.
HeatnBond EZ Print Lite makes it easy to let technology do some of the work for you.
I encourage you to give it a try and check back tomorrow when I talk about HeatnBond Quilters Edge and SpraynBond Basting Adhesive. I’ll show you how handy they’re as a second hand to hold fabric, zippers, binding, hems, Velcro, quilt sandwich layers and more while sewing.