M for Making!!

The letter M is made using appliqué and hand sewing. These are the items I used to make my first letter for my logo.

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A piece of fabric 20cm x 20cm, drawing paper, pen, fabric for appliqué letter, scissors, bondaweb, embroidery thread and a sewing needle.

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First of all I drew the letter M  on a piece of paper 20cm x 20cm freehand with a black marker. This makes it easier to see when you come to using the bondaweb. If you do not feel confident enough to draw your letter free hand there are lots of free printable alphabets on the internet for you to print off and use.

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Next place your piece of bondaweb over your letter template. The bondaweb has one side which has a paper feel to it and this is the side you can draw on. Trace over your letter onto the bondaweb. You may need to reverse the letter so it reads the correct way on your finished item. The easiest way to do this is to turn over your original piece of paper. If you have used a dark coloured marker pen you can still see the outline.

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Roughly cut around the letter on the bondaweb and place the bonding side down onto the wrong side of the fabric you have chosen for your applique

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Set your iron to the temperature shown on the instructions for the bondaweb and iron the bondaweb to your fabric. I have covered mine with a sheet of reusable baking sheet to stop my iron getting covered in glue. I found my baking sheet in a pound shop!

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Once the bondaweb is secure to the fabric cut around the guide lines using sharp scissors.

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Peel off the paper from the bondaweb on your appliqué and place the glue side onto your fabric and repeat the ironing process.

You do not have to use the bondaweb method, you could just glue the appliqué using fabric glue or pin it to your fabric.

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Choose a contrasting embroidery thread and sew a running stitch around the edge of the appliqué

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The finished item!!!!

You could use this technique to personalise many things, tshirts, cushions, blankets, bags, pictures, the possibilities are endless. I would love to see what you create using your appliqué skills. x

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