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How to Applique Spandex

Spandex applique can be intimidating, but it doesn't need to be! This comprehensive post tells you all you need to know to applique spandex.
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Keyword: applique, how to applique with spandex, spandex, spandex applique
Yield: 1 applique
Author: Marie
Cost: $5


  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine


  • Exam Table Paper
  • Repositionable Spray Adhesive
  • Spandex in 2 colours
  • Thread to match applique colour


  • Cut your desired shape out of the desired fabric, place it right side down in the middle of your sticky paper.
  • Spray lightly with a recommended spray adhesive, allow to dry for 30 seconds or so.
  • Lay the sprayed applique- right side up - on the desired location of the actual garment.
  • Smooth any wrinkles out, and press firmly to secure the applique to the main fabric.
  • Note: Even with the spray adhesive, you may end up wanting to pin certain applique fabrics in a few areas. For instance, appliquing anything onto mesh can usually use a few pins!
  • When pinning, be very careful to keep the garment flat, not allowing for any bunching.
  • Thread your machine with thread to match the applique (not the garment), and set your stitch to be a wide zig zag, with a medium stitch length. Play around with your settings to see what you prefer.
  • Carefully zig zag around the applique, stretching both layers together as you go.
  • Keep your zig zag VERY close to the edge of the applique, and be very careful that nothing puckers or bunches.
  • When you reach the start point of your stitching, back stitch a few times, then forward a few stitches.
  • Trim thread close to the applique, both on the right and wrong sides of the garment.