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Vendor Spotlight: C & T Publishing Insul Fleece

Reported by Wendy Jordan


This past Christmas, I decided that homemade gifts was the way to go for my loved ones. I made place mats, oven mitts and trivets for all my loved ones. These projects used interface, and if I had had this Insul Fleece by C and T Publishing, I think I would have enjoyed the whole experience more. Making a trivet isn’t difficult, but using the best products makes the process easier.
The Insul Fleece is the perfect product for a project like this because it is not only meant to withstand the hot temperatures but is also washable. To start my trivet project, I did some patchwork sewing of some really cute fabrics from my stash. You can see the Insul Fleece has mylar that is layered between polyester fleece to create a high-quality barrier that reflects heat or cold.
Regular interfacing is rather transparent and does not feature this add mylar component.

The Insul Fleece is pliable and I was able to easily use stick pins to hold it in place with my other fabrics.

From the first stitch, my sewing needle went right though the Insul Fleece.
The machine sewed through it as easy as regular fleece materials without the mylar layer.

Insul Fleece is simple cut using a rotary cutter or scissors. You can see in the photograph below the Mylar center is easily cut.


Below is a comparison of the fleece that I used to make my gifts a few months ago on the right and the Insul Fleece that I used on my new projects on the left.

This is the reverse side, which you can see that the Mylar is on both sides of the C and T Insul Fleece which is ideal for projects like this.

Insul Fleece is also about half as thick as the product that I used previously. This really comes into play when using stick pins.

I have sewn all the materials together and turned my trivet right side out with ease. The Insul Fleece is so pliable and easy to work with it makes this step a breeze.


Here is the finished project in service. This casserole came straight from the oven. After we ate, I lifted the dish off the trivet and where the dish was directly sitting on the trivet, the material was hot, but the underside of the trivet was cool.

*Please note: Insul Fleece is heat-resistant only, not heat proof or fire resistant.
I had many layers of material making my next project. You can see that the sewing machine needle went though the Insul Fleece, no problem.
Matching trivet and oven mitts.

It is much easier to pick things up when your hand can bend in an oven mitt. Insul Fleece make this possible because of its pliability.

A quickie cute coffee cup sleeve. I got this pattern from the Stash Books Blog.

Insul Fleece is a fabulous alternative to other heat resistant interfacing on the market.



Pros:

  • Insul Fleece is pliable. Easy to bend and turn.
  • Thin enough to sew through with a machine or by hand.
  • 27″ x 45″ piece in the package. I was able to make all the projects shown and had leftovers.

Cons:

  • Not a con, really, but just wanted to reiterate that Insul Fleece is heat resistant, not heat proof.
Do you have a project in mind that is calling for heat or cold resistant materials? Have you had an experience with Insul Fleece? Please tell us about the projects you have made and what projects you would make with this great product.

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5 Responses to Vendor Spotlight: C & T Publishing Insul Fleece

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    Skittl1321 August 3, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    Is Insul bright different from Insul fleece?

    I have some Insul bright batting I bought to make lunch boxes, and it is also good for keeping cool things cool.

    Most instructions for hot pads tell you to layer regular batting with the Insulation batting. I think that provides additional protection for your hands and tables.

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    seema August 3, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    nice

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    catnap August 3, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    Nice idea. I’d like to make a big pad for the middle of the table, instead of juggling my mismatched collection of trivets around all the time. The key for me would be if the whole thing is washable. Inevitably the bottom of pots and pans are going to get gunky with food dripping down the sides. I wash my trivets off regularly, so I know the cloth one would get messed up. I’d also like it for place mats, for my morning oatmeal, or for soup bowls. Maybe the key would be a very busy design that wouldn’t show the stains, or a stainproof cloth.

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    Conniecrafter August 4, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    I was thinking of making some pot holders for wedding shower gifts and this looks like it will work great, I will have to check out to see if JoAnns sells it

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    Kayla and Samuel August 10, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    How perfect, it would be fun to make some dish covers as well to transport and carry items to parties and such, both hot and cold. Thanks for the great review!