-Fabric for Applique
-Iron and Ironing Board
-Lightweight Fusible Stabilizer, Heat n Bond Lite (HNBL), or Wonder-under
I prefer to wash and dry my fabric before I use it. This is not necessary but it helps to avoid the possibility of shrinkage after washing your garment for the first time. Next, you need to iron your fabric. I prefer to use a dry iron on a medium heat setting.
Lightweight Fusible Stabilizer
Lightweight fusible stabilizer is ironed to the back side of your applique fabric. The stabilizer will adhere to the back side of your applique fabric only. (Please read and follow manufacturer's directions when applying this product to your fabric.) Once ironed, the fabric will have greater stability. It will retain it's shape better when the item or garment is washed.
Heat n Bond Lite and Wonder-Under
Heat n Bond Lite (HNBL) and Wonder-Under are both paperback adhesives made for use with fabrics. (Please read and follow manufacturer's directions when applying this product to your fabric.) You will iron one side to the applique fabric, let it cool, then remove the paper backing. Once you have added the fabric to your garment and finished the tack down stitch, you now iron the applique fabric (please follow manufacturer's directions) to adhere it to the item or garment you are appliqueing.
Once you have chosen the product to add to your applique fabric, cut it slightly smaller than the fabric and apply according to the manufacturer's directions. (I am using fusible stabilizer in the photo on the left and Wonder-Under in the photo on the right.)
Using Fusible Stabilizer, make sure the shiny side of the stabilizer is touching the back side of your fabric, and iron to the back side of your fabric.
Using Heat n Bond Light or Wonder-Under, place it paper side up onto the back side of your fabric. Now iron. Let cool and carefully peel the paper backing off.
Now that your fabric is prepared, you are ready to begin your applique!