How To Use Bondaweb

Bondaweb is a brilliantly versatile fabric glue; think of it as a sheet of double sided sticky tape that can be used to adhere 2 fabrics together.

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There are many benefits to using Bondaweb:

  • Until heat is applied Bondaweb is not sticky
  • Once used it can be washed at up to 60 degrees or dry cleaned
  • Bondaweb is perfect for appliqué, but check out our Pinwheel project here for an alternative project idea
  • Makes it easier to cut appliqué designs accurately
  • It gives appliqué shapes stability, making them easier to sew in place
  • The backing paper can be drawn on in pencil and is translucent enough for tracing, making it easier to plan out designs

Important notes:

  • We recommend testing the suitability of Bondaweb on spare pieces of the project fabric before proceeding
  • Follow the instructions carefully, Bondaweb will stick to an iron/ ironing board if not used correctly.
  • Fabrics must be able to withstand being ironed at heat setting 3.

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Materials you will need:

We used:

For appliqué:

For adhering fabrics:

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1:

For appliqué: Trace or draw a design onto the smooth side of the Bondaweb using a pencil.

Note: Trace as a mirror image or the finished design will end up the wrong way round.

Step 2:

For appliqué: Rough cut around each shape, leaving a small border.

Step 3:

Spread a smooth surfaced tea towel/ spare length of cotton over an ironing board.

Step 4:

Lay the fabric wrong side up on the ironing board.

Step 5:

Place the Bondaweb on top of the fabric rough side down.

For appliqué: align the object with the grain.

Step 6:

Lay a smooth surfaced tea towel/ spare length of cotton over the top and press for roughly 5 seconds, heat setting 2, no steam.

Then wait at least 30 minutes for the Bondaweb to cool and the glue to set.

Step 7:

Cut out the shape/ fabric accurately, cutting small details is easier with fine scissors or a small rotary cutter and cutting mat.

Step 8:

Peel off the backing paper and position the shape/ fabric onto the mount/ backing fabric.

Step 9:

Place right side up on a covered ironing board. Lay a smooth surfaced tea towel/ spare length of cotton over the top.

Step 10:

Dampen the cover fabric using the iron’s spray setting and press for roughly 10 seconds, heat setting 3.

Allow at least 30 minutes for the Bondaweb to cool and the glue to set.

Step 11:

For Appliqué: Sew around the edge of the shape and around any cut out elements (for example the centre of letters), 2mm from the edge.

(Hand sewn blanket stitch or machine zig zag stitch overlapping the edge of the letter and the surrounding fabric can also be used (length 0.5 to 1, width 3 to 4 depending on the finish required).


Check out our quick video guide:

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And you’re finished, well done!


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