Deep Breaths, Crazy Lady – Dailies #68

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Deep Breaths, Crazy Lady – Dailies #68

This one was such a fiasco.
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Can you wash Pellon Fusible Ez-Steam in a washing machine? The answer might surprise you.

After I had already cut the letters, I noticed that there were some stains on the vintage hankie I was using as a background. My perfectionist tendencies kicked in and I thought, hey, I can get those possibly decades old stains out. I didn’t want to start from scratch, so I decided to wash the hankie, with the newly appliquéd pieces pressed in place.
Foolishly, I believed the directions on the packaging. Directly taken from the package:
“No sewing required, bonds permanently after fusing with an iron.”
“…Permanently bonds to both surfaces once an iron is applied.”
And I followed the care instructions:
“Machine wash warm, delicate cycle, dry low. Do not use fabric softener.”
Right. I did not use fabric softener, and I didn’t even get a chance to put it in the dryer.
Short story: Pellon Easy Seam WILL wash right off. However, the adhesive will remain on the backing fabric, ruining both your backing fabric AND your letters. Fun!! By the time I got home and got the fabric out of the washer, it was so late. There was no time or energy to make something new. So I fished the twisted letters out of the machine and carefully flattened them back into shape. The end result? I actually really like it. It’s distressed. The letters are battered. And it totally works (at least as far as representing the day I had). However, lesson learned: don’t even think of washing something that’s been fusible webbed without being stitched down also.

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Apologies for the crummy photos on this one. There is no lovely lighting at a million o’clock.

About Claire

Absolutely Small is textile artist Claire Chambers. Claire Chambers is a crazy-pants artist/crafter who spends most of her time indoors, very near to Portland, Oregon. She likes making people laugh, chickens and pugs, and writing about herself in the third person. She is utterly obsessed with making things out of fabric.

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