How to Bond Fabric

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How to Bond Fabric
Use fusible web for a number of decorating projects, such as curtains. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

You don't need to know how to sew to bond fabric. Whether you need to make a hem or want to create an appliqué, you can bond fabric by using fusible web. Fusible web contains glue that is used to secure fabric to fabric. It is machine washable and straight forward to work with. You can find sheets of fusible web in the notions section of sewing and craft stores, or you can purchase fusible web by the yard.

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Things you need

  • 2 pieces of fabric
  • Fusible web
  • Scissors
  • Clothes iron
  • Ironing board

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  1. 1

    Use the scissors to remove any stray threads along the fabric edges.

  2. 2

    Plug in the iron and set the heat to medium.

  3. 3

    Cut the fusible web to the same size as the fabric you are bonding. For a hem, cut a strip of fusible web equal in width to the hem. For an appliqué, trace the design onto the fusible web and cut roughly around the edges, not on the exact traced lines.

  4. 4

    Place the fabric you wish to bond with the wrong side facing up. Place the sticky side of the fusible web facing the wrong side of the fabric. The paper side of the fusible web should be facing up.

  5. 5

    Use the iron to press the fusible web onto the fabric. If you are making an appliqué, now is the time to trim the exact lines that you traced earlier.

  6. 6

    Peel the paper backing and use your hands to press the fabric onto the piece of fabric you wish to bond it to. This makes a temporary bond, and the fabric can still be repositioned.

  7. 7

    Use the iron to press the fabric pieces together and create a permanent bond.

Tips and warnings

  • If the cut edges of your applique are not smooth, sharpen your scissors and trim again.
  • Read the specific instructions for the fusible web you purchased, as fusing methods for different product types may vary from one to the next.
  • Keep iron and scissors out of the reach of children.

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