Ok I know it's Wednesday! But shhh they might not notice!
I wanted to get some hints and tips on to here about applique. Learning how to machine applique was one of my most popular classes when I was teaching.
The term applique simply describes the bonding of one fabric to another to form some sort of picture.
For it to be effective you will need to use some sort of fusible web. Bondaweb is a common brand in the UK, but there are many brands out there. Some are cut in A4 or Letter size sheet so you can run them through your printer. Some are repositionable for a time.
If you are using Bondaweb you can see and feel the glue on one side. You will want to draw or trace your shape onto the non-glue side. Take care to trace the reverse of the image you actually want on your finished project, this is really important if you are tracing letters! Do NOT cut on the lines at this stage, cut about a quarter inch / half a centimetre around the outside of your line. You'll have to trace all the bits separately, notice the birds wing is separate to the body.
Then iron them in place on the wrong side of the fabric you want to use for the shapes. Follow the instructions for the brand you are using. Normally though they say to make sure the steam function is switched off on the iron and press in place for about 5 seconds. No more or you could burn the fabric.
Now carefully cut on the lines and cut your pieces out. Use a pin to score the paper part of the bondaweb, this makes it easier to take off without damaging the edges. You'll notice that the glue is left behind on the wrong side of the fabric when you peel the paper off. It doesn't feel sticky, but you can see it. If you find that the glue starts to peel off with the paper, then you need to lay the paper back down and re-apply the iron. You might want to protect your ironing board and/or iron from the glue!
Once the paper is off you need to position your pieces onto the background fabric and iron it in place. Again follow the instructions for your brand. Normally just press with iron for ten seconds.