I'm so excited to share with you this cute little design! How cute are these little blue lovebirds?? I may have to embroider this design on a towel....just add that to my mile and a half long list of to do projects in my head!!
The link to download this FREE pattern is here!
If you would rather watch and follow along, check out our tutorial video on Youtube!
For my step by step instructions, follow along below:
1. To start out, grab all of your materials. These will include:
- Scrap fabric for all the applique
- FlexiFuse (three 8.5 x 10 sheets)
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Background fabric larger than 20" x 12"
- Lightbox (optional)
- Marking Utensil (pen, pencil, sharpie)
2. Take one sheet of FlexiFuse and your templates. With the paper side up and glue(rough) side down, trace your templates.
3. Roughly cut around each template leaving about a 1/4 inch margin.
4. Pair your fabric to each template and match the back side of the fabric to the glue side of the fusible. Using a hot, dry iron press and hold on top of the paper side of FlexiFuse for 10 seconds. Repeat until entire surface is bonded. Allow to cool.
5. Prep background fabric for applique by ironing it until it's wrinkle-free.
6.Trim the bonded lightweight fusible and fabric along the traced edge of each template. Peel paper backing off starting with a smooth curved edge.
7. Place the applique down according to the pattern and iron down each piece, pressing and holding for 10 seconds.
8. Finish by stitching the applique down...my favorite look is the buttonhole stitch!
**Directions for Applying Applique to a Canvas or Wooden Board
Follow steps 1-4, then instead of using a fabric background, use a wooden board, canvas, or paper!
Then follow steps 6-7
To make sure the applique stays, we recommend using a glue decoupage (Mod Podge is my personal favorite) if the decor item is to withstand outdoor conditions and humidity. You could also find a cute frame with glass and frame your paper-based creation!
Thank you for following along on this project! Please feel free to post your finished(or unfinished) product on instagram, tagging @flexifuse and #madewithflexifuse... we LOVE to see what you've done!!! Come back to our blog for more tutorials of at-home #flexifuse projects!