So, we know you’ve been there before. The weather is terrible, the house is a mess, and you’ve got a million things on your to-do list. You have literally no time to run in to the store to pick up that item you just ran out of mid-project. What to do?
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Make sure to check back soon for some special posts coming your way, featuring fun and fabulous projects that use some of our favorite Legacy products, all available for purchase online!
Today’s tip addresses a question we’ve seen a lot of lately. We’ll have more of these to come — those awesome little nuggets to help you out in a crafting crisis at 1am!
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Q: “I ACCIDENTALLY PUT A PIECE OF INTERFACING (OR APPLIQUÉ) IN THE WRONG PLACE. CAN I REMOVE IT?”
A: The short answer is that our fusibles are intended to be permanent. That said, there is often a work-around or a potential fix! If you have not completely fused the piece you may be able to remove most, if not all, of the adhesive from your project.
– Heat up the interfacing (or appliqué) with your iron without pressing down. Make sure you’re working from the side with the interfacing.
– While it is still warm (be careful as it will be hot), gently pull the appliqué or interfacing up from one corner.
– If you have adhesive left on the area look for a spot remover for glue and adhesive. (This can be found in most supermarkets or mass merchant stores in the laundry aisle.)
– Follow directions on the bottle, being careful to pre-test for color-fastness, etc.
– This product will cause the adhesive to “gum up” allowing for easier removal.
– You can also try ironing a dryer sheet over the area as it will often pick up some additional adhesive.
Once a quilt is completed it is often beneficial to block it, as you might with a knit sweater. To get started, you’ll want to very lightly dampen the quilt. Lay it out on a flat surface, like a clean floor. The purpose in blocking is to allow the fibers to return to their natural state or position. If the quilt was made properly, it will easily become squared and lay flat. Use a large cutting ruler to position the corners and ‘square them’. Then use a long straight ruler or yard stick to position or straighten the sides. Pin this in place and allow to air dry. The quilt will drape/lay nicely and remain in this condition.
Use your leftover batting scraps (with scrim binder – stabilizer) for use in new craft projects.
Your batting leftovers are perfect for creating soft sculptures. Batting can be easily dyed using kool-aid or various types of store-bought permanent dyes to get your desired color. The sculpture will have the softness of the batting partnered with the stability of the scrim binder which provides enough strength to hold pieces together in the wash. Fiber flowers are a great place to start!
– Try mixing your dyed batting remnants with dyed wool to use in folk art applique.
– Keep your batting’s natural color and use it to make miniature snowmen for cute holiday-themed decorations.
– Cut out geometrical shapes from your dyed batting remnants, arrange in a cluster and sew to craft a fashion forward bib necklace.
This week we address one of those pesky, mid-project problems. Imagine this… You’re in the middle of a project and you’re working with one of Legacy™ fusible interfacings. Everything is going well until the dog barks, distracting you just enough so that you end up with a bit of adhesive on your iron. Have no fear! There is an easy solution.
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Q: “I got adhesive on my iron. What do I do?”
A: To remove any fusible residue from your iron, we recommend that you use a Hot Iron Cleaner, a product that can be found on the notions wall of your local fabric or quilt store. It is a thick cream that is applied to your iron. Be sure to follow the directions carefully as this product is applied to a HOT iron and we don’t want you to get burned! If you do a lot of fusing, we would recommend that you purchase a iron/silicone sole plate that fits over the bottom of your iron. This can be found in many local fabric shops or you can order one online.
It’s the weekend! Bring on the cleaning supplies, piles of laundry , and motivation! You might notice that your home is begging for the deep clean it deserves after a long week of neglect. Now, we know housework isn’t on the top of the list as a fun project to tackle, but it must be done. We have a fun weekend project that is sure to get you in the mood to take some of those wrinkled and long forgotten clothes out from the back of the closet and give them life again. We are feeling inspired to take on our to-do’s with this cheery ironing board cover by Jessica Abbott from MeSewCrazy. Although the fabric used in this below photo is called “Marine Wedding Rings from Quilt Blocks” from Moda Fabrics, you can use any cotton fabric and this project becomes instantly customized to your unique style.
By using Legacy batting and Legacy Insul-Fleece™, you can create a high quality barrier that is not only heat resistant, but reflects heat or cold. It is very flexible and easy to sew through and can be washed and tumbled dry with no bunching after you’re done. Here’s what you’ll need:
As a stay at home Mom of 3 little ones, Jessica has her hands full. But with her passion for sewing going strong, she uses her littlest loves as her biggest inspirations. Loving sewing, photography, design, fashion, and blogging – you can find her hanging out over at MeSewCrazy.com.
Whether you’re sewing your first quilt and need help with a binding or are using a Legacy product and need some advice, we’re here for you! We’ll post our tips every Tuesday, but if you’re looking help with a specific problem, email us and we’ll do our best to help you out. Now, without further pause, welcome to Tuesday Tips!
Today’s Topic: Pre-Test Your Fusibles!
To pre-test, cut a small square piece of your fabric. Cut a piece of the interfacing at half the size. Fuse only half of the square per the instructions included with the fusible. Allow the fabric to cool and then evaluate the bond. The interfacing should be firmly attached to the fashion fabric. If it’s not, more heat, time or pressure may be needed. A different product or a sew-in style can also be considered.
You may also want to evaluate the surface of the fabric. It should be smooth/unchanged. If not, the interfacing may be too heavy for the fabric or the iron may have been too hot during the fusing. If the fabric seems too crisp or heavy, change to a lighter weight interfacing or a sew-in. If the fabric seems too limp, consider a crisper interfacing or add a second layer of interfacing.
Note: Home iron temperatures vary. Test fusing will help you determine the best setting for your iron and fabric. In turn, Hand Held Steamers will NOT bond interfacing to the fabric.
If your breakfast bar or table is looking a little bland; great news! Introducing the Cupcake Mug Rug, which is a mix between a coaster and a place-mat. This falls under the category of an item you never knew you needed, but trust us; you do. This adorable mug rug is designed by Vanessa Vargas Wilson from Crafty Gemini, and is perfect for a morning cup of coffee or an evening cup of tea with a snack of choice. You could even take it to work with you and keep on your desk for those mid-afternoon hunger pangs. Give as a gift or keep for yourself, this makes a fun landing spot at the table for kids and adults alike.
To download a free pdf copy of the full instructions, please visit our website or visit your local Spotlight store for a free project sheet + to pick up your Legacy products.
Vanessa Wilson is the founder and proprietor of Crafty Gemini, LLC, a sewing, quilting, cooking and crafting video tutorial business that showcases her many talents via her YouTube channel, TheCraftyGemini. After graduating from law school and getting married in 2008, Vanessa (with the help of her husband) decided to turn her passion for creativity and teaching others into a business. She loves teaching practical and functional skills to anyone willing to learn. She is a published quilt pattern designer and long arm quilter. Vanessa has also been featured in the New York Times and on ABC’s 20/20 for her crafting tutorials on YouTube. She credits her clear and concise style of instruction with her success. Vanessa lives with her husband, two children, two dogs, two rabbits and four chickens on a small farm near Gainesville, FL.