Tutorial: How To Embellish With Fusible Thread

Lazies, Here’s a creative and easy way to use a quilt design to embellish a purse.

Fusible decorative threads embellish this quilt pattern.

Quilt designs and stencils are guides for thread embellishments in the form of quilting. Although we usually quilt along these design lines, they can be used as a guide for any number of other embellishment techniques.

In this example, Jacqui Smith, of Hantex Ltd, used two of Mrs. K’s Iron-on threads from Kreinik to embellish our Katy Bags (LGD121) design.

kreinik-thread.bmpItems Needed:
– Katy Bags pattern #121 from Lazy Girl Designs.
– Fabrics and supplies as listed on Katy Bags for one purse.
– Quilt design and marking pencil to transfer design.
– Mrs. K’s Iron-On threads in your choice of color and types.
– Clover Mini Iron.
– Applique (or other non-stick) pressing sheet.

– Construct the Katy Bags to ‘Step 7 – Embellish to Your Heart’s Content!’.
– Once you have found the embellishment zone, transfer a quilt design to the cover fabric.
– If you like, hold the project in place while you work by pinning it to your ironing board while you apply the iron-on threads.

Notice where threads start and stop. Notice how threads
fold back on themselves to make sharp turns.

– Follow the quilt design and fuse the decorative threads to your project. Take care to ensure that the ends of the threads are neatly tucked under an overlapping section. If you make a mistake, just re-iron and peel away while warm, reposition and iron again.

Threads overlap and fuse in place.

– Mrs. K’s Iron-On threads are fusible on both sides so you need to cover the thread with a non-stick pressing sheet while you fuse it in place. Because these threads are fusible on both sides, you can fold the threads for sharp design corners. Hand wash in cold water or dry clean. If threads come loose, fuse again to secure.

Finished Katy Bags design embellished with fusible threads.

Step By Step:
Kreinik offers a fabulous step by step tutorial to using their fusible threads at their website here.

Other Ideas:
– Use quilt designs as the guide for any embellishment technique such as decorative stitches, fabric paint, fibers, bead work, buttons, chenille strips, or applique.

Thank you Jacqui for sharing your beautiful project with us.


[tags]purse pattern, quilt pattern, quilt stencil[/tags]

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9 Responses to “Tutorial: How To Embellish With Fusible Thread”

  1. Yvonne — February 18, 2008 @ 10:02 am

    Hi Jacqui, Thank you for your wonderful ideas!! I just loved it, & would never have thought about using quilt designs. Yvonne.

  2. shirley — February 18, 2008 @ 10:28 am

    Hello Jacqui, I am from Peru and I would like to tell you the design is really creative, I really love that original purse, I wonder how difficult is making a purse like that???

  3. Beverly Pfalzgraf — February 18, 2008 @ 10:53 am

    I also use a couching foot and sparkly fingering yarns, or embroidery flosses to embellish the quilting on my bags. Sewing beads, buttons and Medallions to decorate. I have also used stamps and colored inks//paints as well.
    Purses and totes make such great gifts and are fun to make with the lazy girl system. I use this method all the time for these projects – now if I could just find the inside pattern instruction sheet to my Sassy Bag Pattern in my clutter? oops.

  4. Susan Wood — February 18, 2008 @ 12:09 pm

    This is a very pretty idea, especially for a purse! I have got to get out stuff and give this a whirl! Thanks for great ideas!

  5. Rhonda — February 18, 2008 @ 1:55 pm

    I LOVE IT! I can’t wait to try it, not only on purses, but on so many other craft ideas! Thank you so much. Gorgeous! You could actually make a design on fabric and frame it! Great idea!

  6. Carol Spence — February 18, 2008 @ 4:27 pm

    Look like so much fun and easy!!!

  7. Peggy — February 19, 2008 @ 3:12 am

    Thanks so much for this lesson!! I had no idea that Kreinik had Fusible decorative threads. I used to be an avid crocheter BEFORE becoming obsessed with quilting (havn’t picked up a hook since)and found the Kreinik
    products superb!! I cannot wait to try this line of threads and add to my ever increasing stash of anything and everything quilting related. I recently tried the fairly new product of Charlotte’s fusible thread (non-decorative). I found it to be incredible for APPLIQUE, instead of glue or the well known machine applique method of using sheets of fusible web, this product just tacks the edge right down-turned under or not-perfect for raw edge as well. Note-all applique sewn with CFT must be sewn over with REAL thread or Mono-filament thread to secure.
    I must say that I am not afiliated in any way, just a happy customer, as I am with Kreinik products as well. I can’t wait to try the decorative fusible thread. With both these products available, the possiblities open up yet again with creative inspiration of the decorative and non-decorative kind.

  8. Sharon — February 22, 2008 @ 10:24 pm

    Thanks for the great idea. You made it seem so easy to do. The possible creative ideas for this product are endless. Thanks for sharing them with us.


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