embellishing satin polka dots

The best part of sewing is the endless opportunity for creativity! I am going to share a fun and easy way to embellish fabric or restyle a garment.


  • Heat ’n Bond Lite (package or yardage form a bolt)
  • Satin fabric
  • Thread
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • ScanNcut

Satin fabric is not the typical material you would think of running through the ScanNCut – simply because the hand of the fabric is slippery, tends to wrinkle, and the raw edges fray. Backing the fabric with Heat ’n Bond Lite not only stabilizes the fabric, but the final result looks more like leather than satin.

  1. Start by pressing the satin fabric with the wrong side of the fabric facing up. Use steam to remove any stubborn wrinkles.
  2. Notice that on the sheet of Heat ’n Bond Lite, one side is smooth and the other is rough. The rough side will stick to the wrong side of the fabric. Lay out the fabric on the ironing board with the wrong side facing up. Then, place the sheet of Heat ’n Bond Lite on top of the fabric with the rough side facing down. Following the directions on the Heat ’n Bond Lite, press until it is secured to fabric.


  1. Cut the fabric to the size of the ScanNCut mat (in this case 12″ by 12″). Lay the fabric (paper side down) onto the mat. Set the blade to 4, insert the mat into the ScanNCut, and do a small test cut. Adjust the blade as needed for a perfect cut.
Note: The circles that I chose were standard designs in the ScanNCut. Choose any size you want and fill up the screen. Use all of the same size or mix it up a little.


  1. Then simply start cutting and let the fun begin!


  1. After the circles are all cut out, peel them off the mat and remove the paper backing. Notice the sticky side that’s revealed on the wrong side of the fabric. This is the adhesive that will allow us to press the circles to the fabric.

  1. Position the polka-dots around your fabric with the adhesive side down. (I am sewing a dress and the plan is to embellish the neckline and hemline.)


  1. Test pressing one small circle onto a scrap piece of fabric. If the fabric appears shiny or damaged, use a press cloth. Press each circle in place.

This is what the hemline of my dress looks like:

  1. Although the circles are pretty secure to the fabric, I am going to stitch each one in place to make sure I don’t lose any dots though wear and tear. I chose the “Blanket” stitch, but any decorative stitch will work.


  1. Test the stitch on circle to make sure you like the finished look. Experiment with stitch length and stitch width.
Note: You can see the effect of the “Blanket” stitch on the satin fabric. It almost looks handstitched! I am using a contrasting color of thread so you can see the stitch clearly, but keep in mind that the thread type and color will drastically change the overall design. (For example, metallic thread would be a fabulous touch!).


  1. That’s the process – so continue stitching around each circle. If the smaller circles are too difficult to edge with a decorative stitch, use a straight stitch or experiment with free-motion embroidery! Have fun with this one and be sure to share your embellishment with us!



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Angela Wolf Embellish Polka Dot Dress