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Endless applique design possibilities with printer friendly fusible web

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.

HeatnBond EZ Print Lite Packaging, Exciting Printable Fusible Applique Sheets.
HeatnBond EZ Print Lite Packaging, Exciting Printable Fusible Applique Sheets.

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.

Applique graphics printed onto paper side of HeatnBond EZ Print Lite, the reverse side has fusible glue on it. Applique designs shown are by www.quiltingintheloft.com.
Applique graphics printed onto paper side of HeatnBond EZ Print Lite, the reverse side has fusible glue on it. Applique designs shown are by www.quiltingintheloft.com.

  • Cut out the applique ‘duck’ below.

Duck cut out of HeatnBond EZ Print Lite
Duck cut out of HeatnBond EZ Print Lite

  • 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.

Separating parts of the applique and redrawing the wing in the gaps on the paper side of the EZ Print Lite
Separating parts of the applique and redrawing the wing in the gaps on the paper side of the EZ Print Lite

  • 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.

Applique design laid glue side down to wrong side of fabric
Applique design laid glue side down to wrong side of fabric

  •  Press the appliques with a Pressing Paper. It protects your ironing surface and your iron. Press for about 10-15 seconds.

Press the design onto the wrong side of the fabric and press with a Pressing Paper for about 10-15 seconds.
Press the design onto the wrong side of the fabric and press with a Pressing Paper for about 10-15 seconds.

  • Cut out the design.

Cut designs out using the HeatnBond EZ Print Lite as the pattern
Cut designs out using the HeatnBond EZ Print Lite as the pattern

  • Remove the paper, you’ll see the sheen of the glue.

Remove the paper from the fabric appliques, you'll see the sheen of glue on the wrong side of the fabric.
Remove the paper from the fabric appliques, you’ll see the sheen of glue on the wrong side of the fabric.

  • Audition and center the design on the fabric, glue side of applique should be placed down on the right side of the fabric.

Auditioning the design on the bib front,fabric is from Northcott-Stonehenge Kids Undersea 3D
Auditioning the design on the bib front, the fabric is from Northcott-Stonehenge Kids Undersea 3D

  • Satin stitch or zigzag the applique edges to prevent fraying as bibs are washed frequently.

Satin stitched duck applique for baby bib
Satin stitched duck applique for a baby bib

  • If you wish to add other details like a French knot eye or other hand embroideries, do it before constructing your bib.

Completed bib with HeatnBond EZ Print Lite and Northcott Stonehenge Kids Undersea 3D Fabric
Completed bib with HeatnBond EZ Print Lite and Northcott Stonehenge Kids Undersea 3D Fabric

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.

This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: How to effectively use HeatnBond Feather-Lite and Pressing Paper

Go to part 3: HeatnBond always lends a hand in your sewing needs

Robin Bogaert is a long arm quilter, creator and blogger at quiltingintheloft.com and has many years of quilting experience. Robin was the past owner of a quilt shop in Windsor, Ontario and now resides in Waterloo. Robin's roots in quilting are traditional, however she appreciates modern quilt design as well and considers the focus of work to be designing, teaching, trunk shows, free motion quilting, ruler work and thread painting. In addition to her passion for sharing all things quilting, Robin is busy with pattern design and sells her patterns on her website and with Craftsy.com. Robin was featured in the Summer 2016 and 2017 (Canada 150th) edition of Quilters’ Connection Magazine and is a new guest contributor at QUILTsocial.com.

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