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CHA Mega Show 2015 | Fabric Elements by Fabric Editions

CHA Show Hot Product for 2015  | Fabric Editions Launches Fabric Elements with Mixed Media Artist, Rebekah Meier

At the CHA Mega Show 2015 Hot Products event, Fabric Editions launched Fabric Elements mixed media and fiber art kits with mixed media artist Rebekah Meier. (Fabric Elements was later announced as the winner of the Fabric & Needlecrafts category of the 2015 CHA Hot Products awards.)

Meier is well-known for her ability to create beautiful mixed media collages and fiber art pieces.

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Sponsor | Grocery Tote with Oly*Fun Fabric!

I’ve been sewing all of my life, having learned at my mom’s sewing machine when I was very young. Although I grew up watching my mom sew clothes, my passion for sewing is less about fashion and more in the craft and home decor type of project.

After all of this time sewing, it’s rare that I get to try something truly new, so I was excited to get the chance to try out the new Oly*Fun fabric by Fairfield (the makers of PolyFil).

Oly Fun

(Pictured above is just a small sampling of the 18 different colors that Oly*Fun comes in, including a full selection of colors perfect for school spirit projects.)

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Review | Aleene’s Fabric Fusion

Aleene's Fabric Fusion
Aleene's Fabric Fusion Tape
Aleene's Fabric Fusion Tape
Aleene's Fabric Fusion Glue
Aleene's Fabric Fusion glue

I had the perfect opportunity to test out some of the products from Aleene’s “Fabric Fusion” line while I was getting ready for Easter this year. I was making a new Easter basket for my son and needed to adhere some fabric to the inside of it. I actually tried using hot glue first, without much success.The Fabric Fusion tape is what I tried first, to adhere the top edge of the fabric to the basket.The tape is very sticky, and has a liner on one side so you can position it on your fabric more easily. I really like that you can tear pieces from the roll and don’t have to use scissors to cut each piece.You can see above that the tape itself is clear and quite thin after you remove the liner paper. This would be great for hemming pants or curtains really quickly and easily. It is even washable! There is also a Peel & Stick Sheets version that you can cut to the correct size for your project – also permanent and machine washable. I am hoping to use those sheets for future applique and patching projects.Next, I tried the Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Permanent Fabric Adhesive (liquid glue) to tuck in the fabric along the bottom of the basket. I thought this would be easier than the tape since it was at an awkward angle and had some folds in the fabric. Turns out I should have tested the glue on a scrap piece first. The consistency was much different than I expected because I was thinking that it would be similar to Aleene’s Tacky Glue. This Fabric Fusion is much thinner, so when I did a big squeeze I got a big blob of glue in the basket.I was able to move the glue around a bit, but you can see above that there is some excess shiny glue along the edge of the basket.

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