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fusible interfacing fleece trick (Tip/Technique)
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Posted by: Diane Yaghoobian
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Posted on: 2/5/03 3:37 PM
I made a jacket/pants set for my granddaughter for Christmas and used this trick I also use for applique: pockets and flaps (this had cargo pockets) could be a nightmare because fleece has so much give. I cut out the pockets and flaps of fleece with matching linings of fusible interfacing (lightweight) and sewed them with the right side of the fleece and the fusible side of the interfacing together, completely around. Then I cut a large slit into the fusible interfacing and turned it inside out, fused it. The fusing will reclose your slit and give you neat finished edges on all sides of the fleece (pocket, flap, whatever), so all you need do is top stitch it onto the garment. I put the slit in the direction where it was less likely to be rubbed repeatedly (up and down on a pocket as opposed to across the width) because the fusible "quits" eventually, as we all know. It stabilizes the pocket against stretch and gives you bottom stabilizing for any embellishment (I embroidered on the pocket).

For applique it can be done with the fusible part facing either way, depending on which fabric you think needs more stabilizing. Sometimes you want to fuse the applique design onto the fabric and so you put right side of fabric to unfused side of interfacing, and still sew all the way around and cut a slit, then turn inside out and fuse the applique in place. No one will be seeing your slit, you will have clean edges and again can just top stitch.
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SouthernStitch said...
Great tip, thanks for posting it. You can use this on more than polar fleece too. I plan to use this on any pockets needing that extra reinforcement.
2/6/03 5:47 PM
comocosews said...
I wish I had this tip yesterday when I was making courderoy cargos. But I will keep it in mind for the future.
2/6/03 7:42 PM
Diane Yaghoobian said...
Follow-up: If you use this method for pockets, the interfacing will eventually shred with use. It is most useful where the interfacing will not be suffering must friction, and to give you smooth curves and sharp seams on difficult fabric.
7/30/03 8:06 PM
Hobby Hopeful said...
Brilliant! I've been fussing with pockets on a fleece robe for my husband and was very unhappy with the recommended technique to just leave the edges raw and topstitch the pocket onto the robe. Someone suggested using Wonder Tape to fold the edges under, but that's still very fussy work to get an even 1/4" turned and taped. This method is much better!
10/16/05 11:43 PM
t.k said...
tryig to make a no sew blanket with fleece. streches so bad. what can I do about that promblem
1/26/06 11:54 AM

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