HeatnBond EZ Print Lite makes printing out applique patterns easy | How-to

Yesterday, we discussed the supplies needed for the free quilt pattern, Circle the Seasons Table Topper. I trust that you gathered your supplies and are excited to get started! Today, I’ll show you how to draw a circle on freezer paper to make the perfect paper pattern for the background. You can use this method to make any sized circle in future projects. Plus, I’ll show you how to use your printer to easily print out applique patterns. It’s a magical way to do it with HeatnBond EZ Print Lite.

Drawing the circle with the pencil protractor

instructions

  1. Attach a 15” length of string or yarn securely to a fine-tipped pencil to make a pencil protractor.
  2. Tape the freezer paper together to make a 26” circumference circle.
  3. Find the center of the freezer paper, matte side up (there’s a shiny side and a matte side). Mark this center clearly.
  4. Use a push pin to pin the string from the pencil to the center of the freezer paper as shown in the following picture. You’ll need to adjust the string to about 13” to allow for a 26” circle.

Note: I pushed the pin into my laminate flooring in my studio. You can also use tape to secure the yarn to the center of the freezer paper.

  1. Draw a half circle by holding the pencil taut and drawing from side to side. Draw a straight center line from edge to edge through the center mark.
  2. Fold the paper in half, shiny sides together, on the center line and cut the circle out on the drawn half-circle line.

Cutting the circle out of freezer paper with paper scissors

Circle now cut out and ready

7. Turn an iron on to high heat and press the shiny side of the freezer paper to the light blue background fabric for the            sky.

Pressing the freezer paper shiny side down to the right side of the background fabric

8. After the freezer paper is temporarily adhered to the background, cut out the circle using the edge of the freezer                   paper as a guide. This will give you a perfect fabric circle.

9. Remove the freezer paper; the background is now ready for the applique pieces to be applied; set this aside.

Now, let’s print out the pattern with HeatnBond EZ Print Lite.

HeatnBond EZ -Print Lite comes in a package of 10 – 8½” x 11” sheets

  1. Download the free original pattern for the Circle the Seasons Table Topper.
  2. There are 3 pages with this original pattern; you only need to print page 1, four 4 times.
  3. Using HeatnBond EZ Print Lite iron-on adhesive sheets, which come in 8½” x 11” sizes, insert them into your printer. For my printer, I placed 4 of these sheets fusible side up into my paper tray. I placed the printed-out pattern page 1 face down on the print screen and printed out 4 copies. I pressed print and my printer printed the pattern on the paper side of the adhesive sheets.

TIP Test your printer to see which way it prints so you don’t waste adhesive sheets.

  1. With the paper scissors, cut out all of the houses, doors, windows and as many of the other decorative applique designs on the pattern sheet that you choose to use.
  2. Tape pattern pages 2 and 3 together, matching the Xs and trace the landscape pattern onto the matte side of the freezer paper (you may need a light box or light source). This will serve as a full pattern to use 4 times.

Landscape pages 2 and 3 ready for taping

6. Leaving the pattern piece intact, cut out the traced freezer paper pieces individually and accurately.

Tomorrow we’ll be all ready to audition our fabric options and fuse fabric with HeatnBond EZ Print Lite iron-on adhesive 17” x 1yd. Let the creativity begin!

This is part 2 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 1: Quilt a table topper for all seasons – a fun applique project

Go to part 3: How to applique houses and landscapes with HeatnBond

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