It was time for a new look in my home sewing studio. The room is right off our living room and it was just calling for fresh art work. The laser-cut fusible appliqués were the perfect solution—a quick resolve! I wanted to use the fusible, laser-cut appliqués with the words Sew and Fabric, Cut, Stitch, Create. These appliqués are precisely cut by laser from black Kona cotton fabric. I knew they’d make a statement!
How to use laser-cut appliqués
- The packaging lists the size of the stretched canvas used for framing. These frames are available at craft and art stores. You’ll find them in the oil painting supplies section.
- For this example, a 24″ x 12″ canvas is recommended, the perfect size for the Sew laser cut fusible appliqué. The canvas has a 1-1/2″ side depth.
- Cut a fabric rectangle 6-1/2″ wider and longer than the size of the canvas. The fabric was cut 30-1/2″ x 18-1/2″.
- If your canvas has a narrower depth, 3/4″, scroll down until you see the Simplify framed art photo. Dimensions and instructions given there are the narrower width of canvas.
- Back the fabric with a fusible interfacing, such as ShirTailor.
Note from Nancy: The extra stability provided by the interfacing gives a crisp, professional look to your framed artwork. Don’t skip this step!
- Serge or zigzag the edges of the fabric.
- Using a ruler, mark and cut out a 3″ square from each corner. To see more options on framing laser-cut appliqués, click here.
- Position the appliqué to the fabric. Take time to be accurate!
- Cover the appliqué with a pressing sheet; fuse following the instructions on the packaging. (I know, I forgot to take a photo of fusing the Sew appliqué. Just imagine that the fabric is in yellow tones—not blue!)
- Use double-sided basting tape to attach the fleece sections to the canvas. It’s important to have this padding on top of the stretched canvas.
- Fold the fabric at each corner, aligning the cut edges and right sides. Sew or serge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
- Turn the artwork right side out. Press the seams open.
- Slip the fabric over the canvas. It will be a snug fit.
- Fold the excess fabric to the underside of the canvas frame. Fold miters at the corners; staple.
Note from Nancy: Make sure that you’re slightly stretching the fabric evenly. Take time to check the front image to make sure that the fabric is not distorted.
Picture Frame Option
Whether you sew, quilt, embroider, or decorate with fabric, these four words tell your story!
Here are the quick steps to creating this wall art.
- Purchase a picture frame and disassemble the components as adding a picture.
- Cover the cardboard with fleece.
- Remove the appliqué from the packaging. Look for “tabs,” extra fabric between the letters that keep the appliqué stable in the packaging. Snip out tab connectors, it will be obvious.
- Cut fabric 4″ larger than the cardboard; back with fusible interfacing.
- Wrap the fabric around the cardboard. Secure in place with duck tape, then replace the cardboard into the outer frame.
For a chance to win one of my laser-cut fusible appliques, tell me which appliqué you’d use to decorate one of your rooms.
The random winner of the Hot and Handy Projects book is Savannagal. Her comment was: What an awesome giveaway. I love all the ideas in this book. Sadly, I’ve looked for quilted fabric in my area and have only found a couple of choices. I’ve never seen the Quilted Iron Quick fabric or anything like it anywhere.
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Bye for now,
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