As outlined in the first part of this tutorial, you need the following things;
Things you will need
Tee-shirt or onesie
Fabrics for the appliqué
Vliesofix (or Wonder-Under) or similar iron on fusible webbing
Fusible Tear-away (if required)
Baking paper or one of those iron mat things
Thread – either plain white or contrasting or colours that match your appliqué fabric
Scissors, pencil, tracing paper
Sewing Machine (that has a zigzag stitch)
Step 4: Getting your fabric ready – the sticky stuff
Now that you have nice clean dry fabric you need to get the fabric ready for appliquéing. As I am usually making multiples of the one design, I like to cut enough fabric for few designs. For a single design I would cut a piece a little larger than the apple, for example. To make appliquéing ‘easy’ some clever people invented a double sided fusible webbing that you iron to your fabric which then enables to you iron your fabric to the garment on which it will be appliquéd. I use one called Vliesofix but I am sure there are others available. For ease of use I now use the paper backed Vliesofix (it’s perhaps a better option for beginners).
Vliesofix is around $11.00AUS per metre retail (I use the widest version).
Step 5 Cutting your design
Now copy your design from your template onto the backing paper of the Vliesofix. Remember to reverse the image if you want it to be the other way around on the tee-shirt (if that makes sense). Or rather than using a template, you can just draw directly onto the backing paper - I use this method a lot. Now cut out your design. Leave the backing paper on the design until you are ready to go.
Step 6: Fusing your appliqué to the base garment - more sticky stuff
Now we are getting to the exciting bit. Iron your tee-shirt or onesie and place it nice and flat on your ironing boards. Remove the backing paper from your cut appliqué and place it on your tee-shirt. Fiddle around with it until it is perfect as once its ironed on, there is no moving it! When you put the stem and leaves on the top of the apple, make sure a little of the stem is under the apple. Once it’s perfect, I place a piece of your kitchen baking paper over it all and iron it for the required time. The baking paper protects the design from any stray Vliesofix that may have stuck to the iron – if any of you have accidentally ironed this stuff, you will know what a pain it can be.
Above photo shows design laid out waiting to be ironed on the singlet.
I like to use Fusible Tear-away on my garments. Fusible Tear-away is a fabric stabiliser – simply it provides a slightly stiff backing that ensures your machine will not pucker the garment while appliquéing. I think this is essential if you are using base garments that are made of very light weight fabric. For example some little tops and singlets from stores like Cotton On in Australia are thin enough that they may pucker without this. It’s an easy step – just cut a piece larger than your appliqué design, turn your garment inside out and iron the Fusible Tear-away shiny side down to the back of the design, ensuring you have a good ½ inch around the design. The brand I use is around $4.00AUS a metre retail.
The next and final tutorial will cover stitching the appliqué design and finishing off the garment.