Yesterday I showed you how to finish the tote bag with textured pockets made with Stitch-N-Steam and handles made with webbing.
Today we’ll be using HeatnBond EZ Print Lite for some easy applique designs. These fusible web sheets go right in your printer!
EZ Print is a paper backed, iron-on, sewable, double-sided adhesive for bonding fabric without extra weight or stiffness. Using an ink-jet printer, you can print directly on the paper backing to create applique pieces! This product gets even softer after laundering.
EZ PRINT sheets are also available in a Featherlite weight.
It’s so handy to be able to print your designs directly to these products from your computer!
Here’s an excellent chart that shows exactly when and where to use these products.
For embroidery and foundation piecing, you can use HeatnBond Stitch n Sew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets. This is a non-woven stabilizer that can be torn away easily after stitching is completed. Again, you can print your designs directly on the sheets from your computer, using an ink-jet printer.
Here are some applique designs that will work well with the HeatnBond EZ print sheets. I’ll show you how to use these designs to make some mug rugs or coasters. You’ll also be using UNIQUE quilting Therm Fleece as the batting for these coasters, so your hot (or wet) mugs or glasses won’t harm your table.
You can download the PDF file containing these applique shapes.
The first page shows the completed flowers. The second page shows the shapes that you’ll print on the HeatnBond EZ PrintFeatherlite or Lite 8½” x 11″ sheets of fusible web.
Once you have the pattern page on your computer screen, just put 1 sheet of EZ Print in your ink-jet printer and print the pattern page just the way you would print it on a piece of paper.
Cut out the shapes leaving about ⅛” of fusible web around the outside edges of each shape.
Here’s what you’ll need to make 1 coaster:
- 2 – 6½” squares of fabric
- applique flower shapes printed on fusible web and small scraps of fabric for the flowers
- 1 – 6¼” square of Therm Fleece; cut a little off the corners to reduce bulk. Therm Fleece is a heat-resistant material that’s used for hot and cold insulation to provide protection from hot surfaces up to 390˚. Therm Fleece is designed as a liner and should not make direct contact with a heat source. It’s the perfect product to use for potholders, oven mitts, tea cozies and our project for today – a mug rug or coaster!
Here’s how to make your coaster
- Layer the fabric squares, right sides together.
- Place the Therm Fleece square, shiny side down, on the fabric squares.
- Stitch around the edges with a ½” seam. Round the corners a little for a nicer finish. Leave a 3″ opening on 1 side for turning.
- Trim excess Therm Fleece and fabric from the seam allowance as required.
- Turn the fabric right side out, through the opening.
- Hand-stitch the opening closed.
Come back tomorrow and find out how to use your applique shapes, made with HeatnBond EZ PrintFeather Lite or Lite 8½” x 11″ sheets of fusible web, to finish these coasters!
This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: The finishing touches for an attractive tote bag
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