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How to effectively use HeatnBond Feather Lite and Pressing Paper

All this week I’ll discuss some useful, versatile fuse and sew products brought to you by HeatnBond that allow you to add appliques to your projects with ease. These fusible products make your sewing easier to execute and embellished so that they look professionally sewn. You’ll learn easy applique, foundation paper piecing, an alternate to pinning and lamination using fusible products. Some very interesting methods to be discussed.

Today, I’m excited to talk about HeatnBond Feather Lite and Pressing Paper.

HeatnBond Feather Lite is a product that’s lightweight and can be fused to the reverse side of fabric without making the fabric stiff. HeatnBond Feather Lite has been my go-to fusible product when working with fabric appliques for many years for the following reasons:

  • It’s a strong bonding iron-on adhesive and super effective at holding appliques to your fabric surface.
  • You can sew into it and it doesn’t leave a sticky residue on your machine needles.
  • It’s paper backed, so you can draw your appliqué shape right onto the paper backing.
  • Keeps your fabric feeling soft and won’t add extra weight or stiffness to your project.
  • It works great with appliques with many layers, great for quilting, sewing and home decor projects.
  • It’s washable.

Heat N Bond Feather Lite Packaging
Heat N Bond Feather Lite Packaging

It’s essential when using any fusible product involving your iron that you protect the base of your iron and your ironing surface because if the glue hits a hot surface it will melt and stick. I use Pressing Paper and find this product awesome as it stops any glue residue from making contact with my hot iron and my ironing station. This Pressing Paper is non-stick, transparent (so you can see the design placement through it) and it’s reusable over and over.

Pressing Paper from HeatnBond
Pressing Paper from HeatnBond

A great project idea to make using HeatnBond Feather Lite and Pressing Paper, is the Classic Baby Bib using fun appliques. This is the ideal applique project for those who have never attempted applique before. It makes a great gift for a baby shower or for the beautiful babies in your life.

Baby bibs using HeatnBond Feather Lite and Pressing Paper, fabric from Northcott Stonehenge Kids Undersea 3D.
Baby bibs using HeatnBond Feather Lite and Pressing Paper, fabric from Northcott Stonehenge Kids Undersea 3D.

materials

  • HeatnBond Feather Lite
  • Pressing Paper
  • 1 fat quarter of fabric (front of bib) – Northcott Fabric Stonehenge Kids Undersea 3D was used in this post
  • terry towel, minky or flannel (back of bib) – 10” x 14” piece
  • scrap of fabric for applique
  • thread to match for applique and bib fabric
  • pattern for baby bib available for free download here
  • applique designs available for free download here
  • applique foot for your sewing machine.
  • needle down position on your sewing machine (optional but helpful)
  • zigzag stitch on your machine or decorative stitch
  • iron set on cotton and no steam
  • pins
  • scissors (paper and sewing)
sewing instructions

Using the bib pattern provided (photocopy 2 of the pattern), cut out 2 copies with paper scissors and lay one on the fabric and one on backing fabric, pin and cut out with fabric scissors. Blue fabric shown is from Northcott Stonehenge Kids Undersea 3D, it looks like water and perfect for the frog applique I have in mind.

Bib pattern laid out on fold of Northcott Stonehenge Kids Undersea 3D fabric
Bib pattern laid out on fold of Northcott Stonehenge Kids Undersea 3D fabric

Frog design to be used for appliqué
Frog design to be used for appliqué

Trace your design onto the paper side of the HeatnBond Feather Lite
Trace your design onto the paper side of the HeatnBond Feather Lite

  • Cut out your design roughly and cut out a piece of applique fabric in the same size.

Applique fabric and design cut out roughly
Applique fabric and design cut out roughly

  • Lay the glue side down of the design onto the wrong side of the fabric and place the Pressing Paper shiny side down on top of this. With the iron set to cotton and no steam, press the design holding down for about 10 seconds with a Pressing Paper on top to protect the iron and ironing surface.

Applique glue side down to

Applique glue side down to wrong side of fabric. Press for 10 seconds ensuring glue has adhered to fabric.
Applique glue side down to wrong side of fabric. Press for 10 seconds ensuring glue has adhered to fabric.

  • Cut your design out accurately now using the drawing on the paper side of the HeatnBond Feather Lite and tear away the paper backing. The wrong side of the applique will be shiny with a layer of glue.

Frog cut out accurately showing the wrong side of fabric with a sheen of glue
Frog cut out accurately showing the wrong side of fabric with a sheen of glue

  • Center the applique design onto the bib front (right side of applique facing up) and when satisfied with placement, place a piece of Pressing Paper on top of the bib (shiny side down), press and hold for about 10 seconds. Check to see if applique is glued to bib front, if not press again.

Pressing the frog onto the center of the bib with pressing paper on top
Pressing the frog onto the center of the bib with pressing paper on top

  • Applique the design any way you like! I used a small zigzag stitch and went over it twice to make it look natural just like a frog in the pond.

Frog edges stitched with a zigzag (2x) by machine, background fabric is from Northcott Stonehenge Kids Undersea 3D.
Frog edges stitched with a zigzag (2x) by machine, background fabric is from Northcott Stonehenge Kids Undersea 3D.

  • Pin the front of bib and back of bib right sides together leaving about a 2” gap on the side for turning.

Pin the backing to the front leaving a 2" gap ready for sewing.
Pin the backing to the front leaving a 2″ gap ready for sewing.

  • Stitch with a ¼” seam allowance all around the bib, engage needle down at narrow neck back and go slow to be accurate and pivot around. Leave a 2” gap.
  • Remove pins and trim seam allowance to ⅛”, clip corners and curves and turn to the right side through the gap.

Pins removed and seam allowance trimmed to ⅛”, corners and curves clipped and ready to turn to the right side through the gap
Pins removed and seam allowance trimmed to ⅛”, corners and curves clipped and ready to turn to the right side through the gap

  • Press the bib, close in the gap with hand stitches and top stitch ¼” all around the edge of your bib. Add Velcro or a snap closure and admire your efforts. Your little people and parents/grandparents will love it!

Completed Frog Bib, Appliqued with HeatnBond Feather Lite and Pressing Papers. Northcott Stonehenge Kids Undersea 3D fabrics
Completed Frog Bib, Appliqued with HeatnBond Feather Lite and Pressing Papers. Northcott Stonehenge Kids Undersea 3D fabrics

Come on back tomorrow when I discuss how to use HeatnBond EZ Print Lite. I’ll show you how to use your printer to draw out fusible applique designs for you.

More design options equals so much fun!

This is part 1 of 5 in this series.

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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