1. Firstly sketch your design, in this case I just did it straight onto the bag so that I didn’t have to copy out the circles which were going to form the basis of my flower – but I could have traced the circles onto a piece of paper and then sketched my design on that.
2. If your design has a right and wrong way round (e.g. numbers and letters) then you’ll need to reverse it, I usually hold my paper up to a window and trace the design onto the back of the paper. In this instance it didn’t matter, it just meant that the petals (which I drew free-hand and deliberately weren’t symmetrical) would be mirror images of their originals…..but would still be exactly right to fit round the outer circle. The four inner quarter circles were symmetrical so they didn’t change when transferred onto bondaweb.
3. Next, you’ll need to trace your design onto the rough side of some bondaweb (check the instructions it comes with if you’re not sure which side!) – I use a pencil for this step. Roughly cut round the outside of each piece of the design, a seam allowance of 1/4″ or so works well.
4. Iron each piece of the bondaweb design onto the wrong side of your chosen fabric(s) (again refer to instructions for exact timings etc).
5. Carefully cut out each design following the traced line on the bondaweb – now you’ll have lots of pretty fabric pieces, hopefully in the right shapes!
6. Now have some fun tearing off the backing sheet from the bondaweb! Place each piece of fabric, right side up, where you want it to lie on your bag (or wherever your design is going). You can see that my pieces don’t match my original design as I didn’t reverse it – I have created a mirror image of my original.
7. Iron in place.
8. For extra security sew the design down by sewing round the outer edges with a short zig zag stitch – I found it simplest to unpick one side of the bag so that I had more room to manoeuvre the bag while stitching round the flower design.
9. And that’s it. Do say if you spot anything that doesn’t make sense and otherwise I hope you have fun!
Working on this design, and playing around with the applique, made me realise how much fun machine embroidery would be – have you ever tried? Any tips?