Saturday, July 12, 2014

What is interfacing?

If your bag was a person, interfacing would be it's bone structure. Interfacing helps your bag stand up so it is not a puddle on the floor if you put it down. There are many different kinds of interfacing and it can be challenging to know what interfacing is best to use for each project. One rule of thumb is if the project is small use a thinner or light weight interfacing, like Pellon 808 or 809. If you bag is larger you will need a thicker interfacing, like Pellon fusible fleece. Another helpful tip is to read the project instructions carefully. Most projects will instruct you with the best interfacing suggestion. However, depending on where you live different interfacings are available in different places. Amy Butler created this wonderful International Interfacing chart to help find the right interfacing no matter where you live. Last but not least. If your interfacing needs heat to fuse together with your main fabric, make sure you iron it on according to the instructions. Here is the iron technique I use, do not use steam, place the iron on the highest temperature setting, layer the interfacing right side up (glossy side up) and place the main fabric on top right side up. Press the iron on top of the main fabric and hold still for 15 seconds, then repeat. Do not move the iron in circular motions, the glue will not have time to heat up and fuse to the fabric.
Here is a great video tutorial on all of the interfacings you can use.

These are the interfacings I use most.
Pellon 809, 808 (Project example; Ladybug Shoulder Bag)
Peltex (Project example; iPad Folding Case)
Fusible Fleece (Project example; Ladybug Diaper Bag)
Test out some interfacings today!

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