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Tulle Butterfly Applique

By: Linda Lindgren for Kreinik

Use tulle fabric to make an applique. This technique gives you many possibilities for ornaments, dresses and even weddings, and there is no need to sew with the decorative iron-on threads. Be careful not to touch the tulle with the hot iron; always use a Teflon press cloth.

Tulle Butterfly Applique


  • Iron-on 1/8" Ribbon in 6420 Sky Blue
  • Iron-on #16 Braid in 6120 Pink
  • 9" x 12" Kreinik Teflon Press Cloth
  • 3" x 4" Kreinik Teflon Press Cloth
  • Mini iron or household iron
  • 2 pieces of Nylon tulle, 9? square
  • Tracing paper
  • Pen, paper, tape
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Ironing surface
  • Pattern


Turn your iron onto the highest heat setting and let it heat thoroughly.

  1. Trace pattern onto white paper. Tape pattern to heat protected surface, such as a rotary cutting board).
  2. Place nylon tulle squares together, center on a large Teflon Press Cloth, and pin through all layers.
  3. Center tulle squares over paper pattern on work surface.
  4. Using 1/8" Ribbon and small press cloth, iron ribbon to tulle following outline on pattern. Be careful not to touch the tulle inside.
  5. pattern with the iron without the teflon sheet, or the tulle will melt, creating holes in the design.
  6. Fill in pattern with 1/8? Ribbon as indicated on pattern and photo of design.
  7. Complete project using the pink Medium Braid.
  8. Unpin tulle from teflon sheet. Cut out design close to the ribbon carefully. It may be necessary to turn ornament over and re-iron ribbon on back side to secure ribbon to both layers of tulle (be sure to use the teflon sheet on the back, too).

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