Quilters/crafters/applique-rs...Help. My first wall hanging. :/

So I felt a little awkward about posting TWO threads in Cafe Society in one day, but I could use some help. I apologize for taking up bandwidth and the probable spelling errors…I’m using IE and have no idea how to add on spellcheck. Years of typing in Firefox has made me lazy with spelling, I guess.


I’m trying to make a wall hanging - my very first one - and I’m ready to cry already. Part of my design has some swirlies in it, like this…but I don’t know what to use! My Heat N Bond lite isn’t going to work because I can’t stitch around those. My Heat N Bond Ultra doesn’t actually stick that nicely. What did this woman use? Fabric glue? I’m totally okay with that, but does anyone know the best kind to get? I only have Liquid Stitch.

I know there are lovely sewers and quilters and threaders on the Dope and I would be REALLY grateful for some advice. I tried searching for fabric glue, but there are so many damned options. Anything I can put on with a brush sounds preferrable.

I am also going to do a flower motif (kind of like the picture) on a zippered toss pillow with a fairy for my son’s friend’s birthday. Her party is Dec. 10th, but I wanted to get most of it done tomorrow. I figured it would be good practice before I start cutting up those expensive batiks.

I’m hoping whatever I do is fairly washable as she is only seven and kids drool and sweat and stuff. And I’m going to free-motion her name in the back with a zig-zag (luckily that’s one thing I know how to do!), so I’m hoping she keeps it for awhile. :slight_smile:
PS If anyone has any experience using Modge Podge or some kind of adhesive to put fabric onto canvas, por favor tell me how? I used to do lots of papercrafts but I’m having a hard time translating those skills into fabric. I’m a newbie still!

I wouldn’t recommend Mod Podge for fabric on fabric.

I use this for putting fabric ribbons on crocheted boxes.


I meant fabric on canvas…for other art project ideas.

But I’m looking for something that will give me a smooth look and won’t curl up at the edges. :confused: A fabric glue spray, perhaps?

It looks like fabric paint was used for the swirlies in the photo. That’d be an option if glue doesn’t work.

AuntiePam…thank you. I don’t know how I missed that.

I tried Heat n Bond again. Nope. No sticky. It sticks to the first fabric but not the second. I’m getting rather irritated with this. Does ANYONE have ideas of what kind of bonding material I should use for things I’m actually going to sew around?

I’ve seen some fabric glue and temp basting sprays, but I don’t know which is the best.

I’m not familiar with the products you mentioned in the OP. Are they like fusible web? I’ve used fusible web in applique. It’s not my favorite craft but for some projects, it’s a solution.

Maybe try something like this.

I quilt, but the old-fashioned way, all by hand. Since I’m not an expert with all the fusibles and such, I recommend a trip to your local quilt shop. I’m always blown away by what can be done with all the new products these days.

If there’s no quilt shop around, try Quilter’s Newsletter or Quilt Magazine. QN dedicates more space to original, art quilts and product reviews; QM is more pattern driven. They’re both on-line too.

Sure wish all my quilting stuff wasn’t stuck in storage; I could just about bury you in more concrete info. :wink:

If you’re going to sew around the edges, just use a regular old glue stick to adhere the pieces till you get them sewn. They’re made for kids to use so they’re non-toxic and non-staining and the glue washes right out when you wash to get rid of your quilting marks. And they’re about 1/5 the price of the ones they sell in the quilt stores.

If you’re not going to sew around the edges, you could either use paint instead of fabric, or use one of the fusible tapes like Stitch Witchery. I wouldn’t recommend that as a long-term thing on something that’s going to see a lot of washing, but for a wall hanging it should be fine. My mom used it to make some curtains for her classroom, and those things were holding fine when she retired 8 years later.