|STEP ONE - Get an Idea!!|
|STEP TWO - Pick your fabrics|
|STEP THREE - Create a base|
|STEP FOUR - Apply HeatnBond|
Once you are ready to cut, you have a couple of options in placing your fabric onto the Cricut mat.
1. Leave the paper backing in place on the interfacing and lay the fabric paper side down onto your mat. This option works well if your material isn't releasing at all from the interfacing.
2. Leave the paper backing in place on the interfacing and lay the fabric paper side UP on the Cricut Mat. This means that you will have to cut a mirror image of your designs so that when you flip them over they are right side up. I've talked to a couple of ladies who prefer cutting fabric this way.
3. Remove the paper backing and place the fabric with the interfacing side down onto the Cricut Mat. I personally have equal success with this option as well as option one. I am ultimately too lazy to cut mirror images of everything (though I trust my buddies that it works well!)
The most important tips that I can share in using HeatnBond or any interfacing is to ensure that you have ironed it on securely (according to directions you'll find on the package) and to use a new blade!
Here is a quick video of the actual cutting process ... I am both the narrator and the film crew, so bear with me!!
|STEP FIVE - Cut your appliqué pieces|
And...look!? You can hardly see that ripple right? Would YOU have taken it apart? lol (Sorry Mom!!)
Next comes stitching your pieces into place and I also added a few gemstones and letter beads as embellishments. I have always done appliqué stitching by hand but thought that I would try using my sewing machine for this project. I figure that I am going to need a bit of practice here too, but all in all I am happy with this as my first detailed project!!
|The finished project|