|Night Owls Mug Rug|
(Note: To see the stitching close up on any of the mug rugs pictured just click on the mug rug - this will take you through to my Etsy shop where you can scroll over the picture to bring it more into focus.)
What is quick fuse applique? It is a method of fusing fabric to fabric using a fusible webbing. You may know fusible webbing as ‘bondaweb’, ‘wonder under’, ‘steam-a-seam’, ‘Vilene Vleisofix’ - it is all generally the same format - paper with double sided fusible webbing attached. It allows you to fix shapes of fabric onto a background as shown in the Bunny Hop mug rug below.
|Bunny Hop Mug Rug|
Storage of fusible webbing. Some people like to cut sheets of fusible webbing (10"-12” square is a good size) and store the fusible webbing flat, in a bag. Others like to store it on a roll which is how I store mine. Whatever you do you should try not to fold it as this may make the webbing separate from the paper. Whichever method you use it is also a good idea to pop a little silicone sachet (the type that come in handbags or shoes) into the drawer or bag in which it is stored because any moisture in the air can make the webbing separate.
|Fun Mug Rug Patterns|
|Early Bird Mug Rug pattern|
Stitching the applique shapes in place. With quick fuse applique the fabric is fused in place so the purpose of your stitching should be to secure the fabric to enable it to be laundered without separating. You can stitch by hand or machine – both give differing looks to the shapes as mentioned previously HERE. The choice is totally up to you. I use both methods – sometimes in the same mug rug as in Moonlit Cat mug rug shown below (the fish bones were hand stitched whilst the cat and moon were machine stitched). I find machine stitching subtle but I also like the rustic look of hand stitching.
|Moonlit Cat Mug Rug|
|Valentine hearts mug rug pattern|
|Christmas Delivery Mug Rug|
Sew until next time ......