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Ideas for Using Fast2Fuse Fusible Interfacing
Uses for Fast2Fuse
Fast2Fuse is a fusible interfacing. It comes in three thicknesses: light, regular, and heavyweight. You can buy sheets of it for smaller projects and by the bolt for larger projects. It is stiff like cardboard, but is pliable and washable like fabric. What sets it apart is that it is an iron on fusible, so you simply place fabric on both sides of it and press both sides to fuse in place. This means the fabric won't slip as you work with it and you don't have to purchase an extra adhesive. It can be used in a large number and variety of craft, sewing, and quilting projects. Most of these projects are quick and easy to make, so they are ideal for craft fairs and bazaars.
Qualities of Fast2Fuse
- Fusible on both sides
- comes in sheets or on a bolt
- firm but flexible
- does not fray easily
- easy to mark
- easy to cut
- easy to sew (as long as you don't have too many layers)
- does not tear or stretch
C&T Publishing recently sent me a sample of Fast2Fuse and asked me to make a project that they could use in their advertising. I was very happy to see that this product is on the market, because there are so many uses for it.
I have used two other products that remind me of Fast2Fuse: Steam-a-Seam and Timtex. Steam-a-Seam2 is a lightweight fusible that is fusible on both sides. Steam-a-Seam is great for appliqué projects. I have also used Timtex, which is a heavyweight product that works well with projects that need some stiffness and body. I like to use it for bowls, boxes, vases and bags. I was very happy to see that Fast2Fuse came on the market since it combines both of these to provide a heavyweight product that is fusible on both sides.
Number Cards for Practicing Math Facts
Fast2Fuse Fusible Interfacing from Amazon
Fast2Fuse and other interfacing products are available from Amazon in light, medium and heavyweight versions.
How to Use Fast2Fuse
Fast2Fuse Light is an easy to use product. You simply place fabric, right side out on both sides and press on both sides to fuse the fabric to the interfacing. Cut out into the desired shape(s). You need to use sharp scissors that can cut through the layers. You can zigzag or satin stitch the edges to encase them and/or sew these shapes together to make a lot of different projects such as the ones that are listed in this article. Sewing together that many layers can be awkward but a sturdy sewing machine with a new needle should be able to handle it without difficulty.
Make Coffee Cup Sleeves
Deciding How to Use Fast2Fuse
My first thought that Fast2Fuse could be used in any project that used Timtex. I had been given one sheet to work with, and even though I could go to the store to buy another sheet if necessary, I wanted to limit myself to this one sheet. I was afraid that I may make a mistake or make a product that was not worthy of submission. I decided to make more than one thing, so I could choose which one to send to the company.
The first thing I did was to come up with some ideas on some Fast2Fuse Projects.
Amazon has books on making many things with interfacing including bowls, boxes, vases, and tote bags. The bowls in this book are easy to make, useful, and pretty.
Uses for Fast2Fuse
Fast2Fuse Light will easily work in place of Timtex or other stiff interfacing that is used to make products such as:
- tissue box covers
- tote bags
- fabric bowls
- small quilts
- artist trading cards (ATC)
- Halloween and other costumes
- place mats
- coffee cup sleeves as shown on the video on this page
Directions for Number Cards with Fast2Fuse
Fabric for background, 2 pieces the same size as the Fast2Fuse sheet
Steam-a-Seam 2 Light
Fabric Scraps for numbers
Rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat (optional)
Sewing machine, or needle and thread (optional)
Place background fabric, right sides out on both sides of the Fast2Fuse sheet. Press both sides to fuse in place. Cut into 3" squares, using a rotary cutter if you have one, scissors if you don't. Set aside.
Trace or draw number shapes, in reverse, on the backing paper of the Steam-a-Seam. Place Steam-a-Seam on wrong side of fabric scrap. Press to fuse in place. Cut out number shapes. Peel off backing paper.
Center number shapes on the Fast2Fuse sandwich and press to fuse in place.
Zigzag or satin stitch with sewing machine or buttonhole by hand, if desired.
Number Cards with Fast2Fuse
C&T Publishing asked us to "think outside the box," so I tried to come up with ideas that weren't the first ideas that came into my mind. I had an additional challenge that my sewing machine was not working very well, so I wanted to come up with a project that did not require the use of a sewing machine.
However, the ideas I came up with are all suitable for securing with a sewing machine, and if I had trusted my machine, I would have zigzagged or satin stitched around the edges of the pieces and around the appliqué.
My first project was the number cards. These little cards can be used to help children practice their math facts. I made the numbers 0-9 and plus, minus and equal signs. I realize that to actually use the cards, I would have to make duplicate numbers, but I thought one set was enough for advertising purposes. For older children, multiplication and division signs can also be used.
Later on, I thought that another, probably better, way to make number cards would have been to make the numbers larger and cut them out directly from the Fast2Fuse sandwich instead of appliquéing numbers on the top of the sandwich. With this option, I would have saved the expense of using the Steam-a -Seam and additional fabric scrap. It would also have made the number a more textural experience for the children, as they could have felt around all the edges of the shape. To make them sturdier, securing all the raw edges with a zigzag or satin stitch using a sewing machine or stitching a buttonhole or satin stitch by hand is recommended. Velcro or other surface could be attached to the back so they can be placed around the classroom or felt board.
Additional Uses for Fast2Fuse
Coasters with Fast2Fuse
I wanted to make more than one project, in case one turned out to be unsuitable to send to the company. My second project involved using a CD as a template. I originally planned to turn these into ornaments, but decided that coasters would be more practical, and simpler. I used the same leftover fabric scraps and cut them into shapes that were then fused onto the Fast2Fuse sandwich.
The materials for the coasters are the same as the for the number cards. The order of the steps was slightly different for the snowflake coaster.
How to Make the Snowflake Coaster:
Press background fabric to both sides of Fast2Fuse and press to fuse in place. Draw circle on background fabric, using a CD as a template. Cut out the circle. Set aside.
Draw a circle on the fabric scrap, using a CD as a template. Cut out the circle. Fold the circle in half, and in half again. Fold in half yet again. Cut out shapes from edges as you would make a paper snowflake.
Press Steam-a-Seam to wrong side of fabric snowflake. Cut away the fusible from the open spaces of the snowflake.
Position and press the snowflake shape onto the Fast2Fuse sandwich.
Satin stitch or zigzag around the edges of the shape if desired.
Note: This may seem like an unusual way to make this design. However, for the snowflake design, there are too many layers to fold the fabric with the Steam-A-Seam and paper attached. Trying to fold the fabric without out the paper caused the fusible to stick to itself.