Fleece Flower Project
- Next step, you will work with the Heat n Bond to make the leaves and stems for your tote.
- Using your patterns that you sketched, place the Heat n Bond shiny side down, over your pattern. Trace the 3 stems, 2 large leaves, and 4 small leaves.
- Cut out the Heat n Bond (NOT on the lines!) outside of the lines with a little extra (approximately 1/2 to 1/4 inch)
- On your ironing board, lay your cotton fabric RIGHT SIDE DOWN. (You will press the Heat n Bond pieces onto the WRONG side of the fabric.)
- As you can see, I am using scraps of my fabric, left over from other projects. Place the Heat n Bond pieces with the shiny side down onto the WRONG side of the cotton fabric.
- Press with medium hot iron for 2 to 3 seconds. (Do not "iron" by moving back and forth! - simply press down so that the adhesive surface melts to the WRONG side of the fabric)
- Cut out the pieces by cutting on the line - through both the paper and the fabric.
- Your pieces will look like these in the above picture.
- Peel away the paper backing. Now you have a shiny side on the WRONG side of the pieces.
- Place the stems and leaves, shiny side down, onto your tote bag in whatever arrangement you like.
- Again, using the pressing movement, press each piece in place for 2 to 3 seconds. Check to make sure that the pieces are adhering to the fabric. You may need to turn your iron's temp up a bit. Each iron varies. My iron doesn't get as hot as I like in the medium setting, so I turn it to high. Test your iron and see what you need to do to make sure the adhesive melts and adheres well.
- For those of you who have sewing machines and would like - you can do this additional step. I used an overcast blanket stitch and stitched the edges of the stems and leaves. I personally like to have contrasting thread so that the stitching shows. For those of you who do not have a sewing machine. You can simply leave the leaves and stems as they were when you finished pressing them. Or, if you prefer, you can use a needle and thread and sew the edges by hand. If anyone would like further instructions how to do the overcast stitch by hand - comment on my blog and I will include separate instructions for that, if you wish.
The instructions for attaching the flowers will be included in Part 3.