So as slight diversion, here is a little tute on what I did today: Making gift tags! Fused, naturally...and of course with SCRAPS!
Often holiday theme fabrics are kept as a separate collection, but the scraps work just the same. There are always more-more-more, no matter how diligently you apply yourself to using them.
I used lots of scraps, or fabrics that had finally reached their perfect vintage***, to make gifts for the family members I will see at Thanksgiving. I dug into my Christmas collection and even made wrapping for those gifts! But I needed some tags to be sure they didn't get all mixed up.
An index card with fabric fused to the lined side seems to be just about right. To the ironing board!
First, lay down some paper-backed fusible web (I use WONDER UNDER) with the glue side up...that's the side that feels rough.
Place the fabric Right Side up on the fusible.
As a student of the Chicago School of Fusing, I have saved many large pieces of the release paper from using Wonder Under. Other fusibles do not have the same type of paper, so that's why I prefer WU.
That paper on top in the picture is one piece. By placing that on the fabric, I don't have to worry about making sure the fabric is larger than the fusible, or the fact that there are some areas not covered by fabric. The paper will protect my iron. I can move it around until all the fabric areas have been fused.
|Hot iron...no steam!|
|This excess fabric is currently in the trash...as of this posting, anyway!|
|Trimming to be sure the glue goes all the way to the edge|
But we do get impatient!
If it's still warm, use a pin to scratch through the paper, then crack it open and peel off. That is much better than picking at a corner!
|I like a big fancy pin!|
Try not to over-heat...5--10 seconds is enough.
OK! Now put a large sheet of release paper on the ironing board (both sides are the same) and lay out the index cards, lined side up.
Place the fused side of the fabric on top. Check that it doesn't extend beyond the paper...if so, add some more paper. Or just be really careful ironing at the edge!
|Index cards come in lots of colors, but I just had white.|
|A nice clean side to write on.|
|Free-hand cut the end or use a real tag as a template|
|The 2 little ones were a tag I accidentally cut into...but nothing gets wasted!|
There you go! Have at it and make some better/ fancier tags than these. I think it would be fun to fold some into little book shapes.
FYI: I buy WonderUnder on sale and get several yards. I keep it on a cardboard bolt center.
|Another use for a string scrap!|
|Two clips hanging on a pin in the design wall|
***as motivation for using fabric (some I have had for over 30 years), the new answer to "What am I saving this for?" is TODAY! I declare that all my fabric has reached the time it was being saved for!