Yesterday I was helping a friend with a t-shirt quilt that would be a graduation gift for her son. We decided that a few photos would make the quilt extra special and more personable. The quilt was already set to be assembled, so we decided that we would do a raw edge applique’ to create our desired look.
I used a product called EQ Printables. It is a wonderful product when used with an inkjet printer. I prefer to allow the ink to dry for several hours to a few days after printing. Always remember to remove the shiny backing before proceeding. I then heat set it with a cotton setting, no steam. It is a good idea to then soak in cool water to remove an excess ink. Blot dry and heat set one last time, this step will also finish the drying process. Your photo is now ready to be applied on to a t-shirt.
(please note that the following can be used with any applique’ shape or textile.)
Steam a seam lite 2 is a really great product to position your applique’ shape. I like it because it is double-sided and you can easily reposition your applique’ before you set it with the iron. It has a paper side that is easy release. this is the side that you would iron on to your photo or fabric that you choose to applique your project with. I have a few photos, so I am going to try to fit them all on one piece. I pressed them on to the steam a seam with my iron.
The non release side is perfect for tracing your shape of applique. This is also the side that once the paper is removed, allows for repositioning of shape or, in this case, photo. It is important to note that the paper should not be removed until the fabric or project is pressed on to the steam a seam.
I cut all the photos apart and am ready to press on the t-shirts.
Remove the paper backing and position and reposition to your hearts desire.
once you have the desired positioning you will press in place. and we are ready for a little raw edge applique’.
The reason it is called raw edge applique’, is because it is not a finished edge. It is not folded under, nor is it hemmed in any way. We are applying it with a product that adheres it to a desired canvas, and will be stabilized with a decorative stitch to secure to surface.
There are so many decorative stitches, too many to list all. The most popular are the zig zag and the blanket stitch. If I were doing a wall hanging it would not be out of the question to not stitch at all, there is no need to because it wouldn’t be washed. There is little chance that a wall hanging would leave the fabric. If for any reason it did, you could merely press it back down with an iron. Because this quilt will likely be washed many times, but likely not as often as it should ( it is being given to a college student), it is extremely important to stitch it in place.
Before I stitch my shape into place, I always iron a stabilizer on the back of fabric. This prevents puckering and distortion of fabric and applique’.
If I don’t have a tear away stabilizer on hand, I will also use freezer paper. I iron the shiny side of the freezer paper to the back side of my project. It tears away easily after the piece is completed.
It is important to be certain where you want the decorative stitching to lay on the project. It’s a good idea to decide if you want the design to overlap the applique or follow the edge of your applique. on my example I followed the edge, I did not want it to overlap on the t-shirt because I like using the decorative stitch as a frame when I use photos. I also try to find a decorative stitch that fits the design of the project I am working on. I tried using masculine motifs for this project.
I would love to hear about some of your methods, we are never so experienced that we can’t learn from one another. Have a Happy Weekend and Quilt on my friends!