Maybe you already know: I LOVE rainbows and pencils! So much that some time ago I purchased some pencil images and I printed them on fabric, using Spoonflower’s service.
Now, I hardly have the heart to cut into that fabric! And I would love to keep these vibrant colors forever! So that I thought to laminate some fabric and I made a laminate pouch.
I used this easy pattern and quickly stitched a pouch in a generous size.
For laminating fabric I used a product called Pellon Lamifix- it’s a transparent film that you fuse on fabric with the iron. Because of its transparency, it is a little harder to measure and cut it.
There are similar products (Pellon Vinyl Fuse) with a removable paper backing – they must be easier to use.
The film fuses nicely and easily to fabric, with the help of a pressing cloth.
ALWAYS clean up the surface of the fabric just before applying the film – use a lint roller for this; don’t ask how I learned this!
While you sew and manipulate the fabric, the plastic film wrinkles a little (especially when you turn the pouch from one side to the other). When the pouch is finished, you have to use a pressing cloth and give the pouch a final pressing.
For best results, press with the lining and outer pouch separated as shown below (I laminated the lining too).
The laminated fabric is great for makeup pouches, placemats, baby bibs; as the fabric is waterproof, you can just wipe it down with a damp cloth.
This pattern is very simple and it was easy to sew…
… but a few years ago I made a double zipper pouch too- totally laminated (I used this pattern).
Two pouches in one! My sister still uses it, after years of use.
Have you tried to laminate your own fabric?