Halloween Series - No Sew applique pillow

Hi friends! On today's Halloween Series post I have an easy project that is perfect for those fabrics with larger images. It is also great for left over scraps and for adding cut out letters to a pillow or other project.

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When I applique, I usually do a zig-zag stitch around the piece I am attaching but when there are very detailed parts I like to use a short cut and go with Heat-n-bond. This product is made for a "no sew" bond that you just iron on and if the directions are followed properly adheres the fabric perfectly. I was a little skeptical when I bought this at JoAnn's the first time but once I got home and tried it I was hooked...it really does work!

A few days ago I shared my Spooktacular Plus Quilt with you and the biggest part of that quilt was the amazing Spooktacular fabric from Blend Fabrics designer Maude Asbury. This line has several larger images that are perfect for a project like this, and luckily I had some great scraps left over to use.

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No Sew Applique-

  • First thing you will need to do is select the fabrics you would like to cut from for your applique, for my example I chose a little ghost cat.

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  •  You will then cut a piece of the Heat'n Bond to fit behind your fabric.

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  • Make sure that you trim around the Heat'n Bond now to make it a bit smaller than your fabric, so when you turn it over to iron it will not stick to your ironing board and cause a mess (lesson learned the hard way right over here).
  • Now follow the directions on your package of Heat'n Bond - if using the same product you will use an iron set to medium heat and no steam. Place your fabric right side down - then the sticky side of the bond to the wrong side of your fabric with the paper side of the bond up. Iron on the paper side, only takes a few seconds to adhere.

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  • Allow to cool and then cut your applique out, I use my crafting scissors instead of my nice fabric ones just in case there is a sticky residue left. Also be sure to check your iron and wipe down if any sticky residue is left over.

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  • Now the fun part! Just peel off the paper backing and place on your desired background - iron on medium with no steam and it will bond nicely with no extra stitching needed. On some projects, if they are not too difficult around the edges I will do a small zig-zag stitch to finish it off. (The picture above, for you very observant ones is actually of a finished one that I made for my Halloween Sewing Swap partner)
  • To make the pillow shown I started with a square and just kept adding to it with borders until I reached a size of 16 inches by 16 inches. Finish off your pillow with your choice of envelope back or zipper closure :)

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This project is part of our Halloween Sewing Swap -

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 I am also linking up with Janice at Better Off Thread for Sew Cute Tuesday!

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 Thanks for stopping by today!

-Nicole