Laminated fabric is all the rage. Lighter weight, softer, and more forgiving than vinyl, it’s 100% cotton quilting fabric with a phthalate free laminated coating. In a nutshell, it’s a dynamite fabric for bags, raincoats, and picnic accessories. Plus, cleaning is a snap. Just wipe with a damp cloth.
I decided to use a print from Riley Blake Designs along with my Trace ’n Create Bag Template—The City Bag Collection.
Change is good!
Eliminate topstitching when possible
- The trickiest part of working with laminates is topstitching. With a sticky top surface, I eliminate topstitching when appropriate. In the original instructions grosgrain ribbon is added to the top edge, it’s then turned under, and topstitched to the bag. This time I opted to finish the top edge with a speedy binding technique. One change generally makes two changes!
- The tab needed to be longer to accommodate a slightly longer bag length. So, 1-1/2″ was added to the top piece. Either extend the top of the tab. Or use the tab from the Trace ’n Create Bag Template—Town & Country Collection. (I know this is a little excessive, but since I had both tabs, it seemed like a good idea.)
Make a window pattern when working with large prints
- With this large print, I wanted a motif to be centered on the tab. Solution? Trace the pattern on tissue paper and cut out the window. I use this technique on a regular basis.
Achieve a crisp edge with piping
- Piping around the tab edge looks terrific and is super easy to add. I use Wrap ’n Fuse Piping. Following the directions, just wrap the fabric around the fusible cording and press. Presto! The first “stitching” is complete.
- Attach a zipper foot and stitch around the edges of the tab.
- Topstitching the tab to the bag seemed less bulky than including it in the seam allowance. So, fabric was stitched to the unfinished edge.
- Pinning is a trick with laminates, so Wonder Clips come to the rescue.
- When stitching over the laminate, change your presser foot to a Teflon Foot or Roller Foot. Success!
Make a fast finish with Fuse ’n Bind
- Now for the binding. Have you tried Fuse ’n Bind? Fused to the wrong side of the fabric, you’ll be guaranteed an even width every time, plus you’ll have pressing and stitching lines to follow. I told you it would be speedy.
- First step: Press to the wrong side.
- Second step: Meet right sides together.
- Third step: Stitch along the fusible interfacing.
- Overlap the tab and stitch in place. Easy!
Add the hardware and straps.
- The Create A Strap instructions quickly detail how easy it is to make straps with any type of fabric.
Level out the stitching field
- The fabric will be thick due to the multiple layers when attaching the straps to the bag. The presser foot will look like it’s climbing a hill. Fold extra fabric and tuck under the back edge of the presser foot and level the stitching field. Presto! Here’s another laminated sewing tip.
- If the feed dogs don’t like the fabric, stitch over paper. Tear away later.
Meet our new photo stylist!
Lucas thought that the angle of the bag needed a little tweeking!
Bye for now,