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The Amazing Shrinking Fabric

by Samina on February 17, 2012

We’re thrilled to welcome Debbie Bryda as a guest blogger today, who also happens to sit on the ASG’s Board of Directors!  If there is any new product on the market, Debbie WILL use it — and with amazing results. Today, her knowledge about Texture Magic is this blog’s gain.   Debbie shows us how she used Texture Magic, the amazing, shrinking ”fabric” from Superior Threads. Take it away, Debbie!

First, about Texture Magic. You can purchase it from Superior Threads (or search for it at any of the ASG supporting advertisers for some discount shopping. Of course, you have to be a member to access the Special Offers page on www.asg.org. I found some at Fabric.com - and there are many others! Samina).   It comes in 2 different sizes: 47″x36″ and 18″x47″, and retails for approximately $11.50 & $23.50.  There is information inside the package which is recommended reading!

Here are samples of various small bags using Texture Magic on one side only. The other side is quilted. It’s important to note that the fabric may look a little darker due to the scrunching.

When you take it out of the package you’ll see that it has creases. DO NOT iron them out. They’re supposed to be there. Cut out the size you need.  I cut the fabric 11″x8″ because I wanted a small bag with approximate finished dimensions of 8″x6″. The instructions inside the package give an idea of how big to cut the Texture Magic. Shrinkage is approximately 30%.

Mark the grid lines

Marking the Texture Magic is a MUST. Here, I’ve marked a one-inch grid, using a Pilot FriXon Pen. I love these pens since the marks disappear with ironing. Tip: if you put the marked fabric into the freezer, the marks you ironed out will re-appear.

Place the marked Texture Magic on the wrong side of the real fabric. I use straight pins to hold it in place. Stitch on the grid lines. The color of the bobbin thread should match the main fabric. Here you can see the stitching on both sides.

Make sure you are using an iron that has good steam output. You will need to hover over the fabric in order for the shrinkage to start. You can see it beginning to shrink, and can go back over it if you don’t think it has shrunk enough.

My piece shrunk down to 8 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ and I am ready to cut it to the size I need, then assemble the bag with a zipper and backing.

Here is the small zippered bag with a coordinating elongated pouch and a key fob. These three would make a lovely, coordinated gift set, don’t you think?

Hope you are inspired to use this amazing product! — Debbie

Readers, have you used Texture Magic? If so, can we please see the end result? Help us get our creative juices flowing! I am already getting obsessed with Texture Magic and how it can be  applied to my fashion & accessories sewing!  Please do leave a comment.

Samina, American Sewing Guild,   www.asg.org     Follow us on Twitter @SewingGuild

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Glo March 7, 2012 at 1:26 am

Oh My! I am going to have to go buy some of that wonderful stuff now! I love that look! Thank you for sharing!

glosews

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Samina March 7, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Thanks for the comment, Glo! I have this product and keep thinking of how to use it in fashion sewing. Maybe collar & cuffs? Certainly not a pocket — my body shape does not agree with an attention-getting pocket. Any ideas?

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