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CHA Mega Show 2015 | Fabric Elements by Fabric Editions

Reported by Maria del Pinto

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.

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

The new line features elements from Meier’s various Fabric Collage techniques. The product line includes embellishments, stencils, tags, printed tissue paper, and lace trim.

Fabric Editions Launches Fabric Elements with Mixed Media Artist, Rebekah Meier

There are also 12 different fat quarters to choose from.

Fabric Editions Launches Fabric Elements with Mixed Media Artist, Rebekah Meier

The Fabric Elements collection includes three kits that are very reasonably priced at $16.99 each.

Fabric Elements Kits by Rebekah Meiers

Meiers’ darling projects really show the potential of her new product line:

BurlapCollage_Canvas
image courtesy of Fabric Editions.
Fabric Elements Kits by Rebekah Meiers (photo provided by fabric editions)
image courtesy of Fabric Editions.

Fans of Rebekah Meier’s techniques  and mixed media will be able to enjoy this product line and the various choices available to them at craft stores soon. Meier is also due to release a technique book that can be used with the various elements of the product line.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this new line, just leave us a comment below!

Sponsor | Grocery Tote with Oly*Fun Fabric!

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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.)

Shopping Bag Pattern

I had recently bought a pattern by Butterick, intending to make myself some reusable grocery totes from pretty floral fabric. But the problem with pretty fabric is that it is expensive, not that durable, and – for a pattern like this – requires a lot of fussy work to protect the fabric’s edges from fraying by using seam binding. So I procrastinated, and somehow the totes never quite got made….

But this new Oly*Fun fabric is weather resistant – perfect for shopping on rainy summer days in Florida. It is also strong and durable, perfect for taking a beating from loads of heavy groceries. And, the cut edges do not fray, so I would be able to make my totes without having to worry about doing all the extra detail work for protecting the edges! The Oly*Fun fabric is also very lightweight, so my totes would be easy to carry to the store to do my shopping.

With this incentive, I set to work making a reusable grocery tote finally, and this is the result:

Shopping Bag Empty

Oly*Fun was a very easy fabric to work with. It stitched very easily on my machine with a regular needle and Coats & Clark Dual Duty XP thread. The fabric cut like butter with my regular Fiskars fabric scissors. The stiff body of the fabric made it very easy to lay out and pin. Speaking of pinning…you would think on a fabric with this much body that the pins would leave huge marks behind, but surprisingly the fabric healed itself very well when they were removed and any small mark remaining could be smoothed out with a finger.

I accidentally got part of the fabric wet during construction of my bag. The water barely affected the fabric – in fact, the fabric almost repelled it. I blotted the surface of the bag dry and after a moment, you couldn’t even tell the bag had been wet!

Fairfield advertises Oly*Fun as a great product for beginning sewing enthusiasts and there is definitely truth in that claim. The fabric stays where you put it while working, and the lack of grain in the fabric means pattern placement and cutting is simple. It cuts crisply, like paper, making it easy to make accurate cuts even for those with limited motor skills or experience cutting patterns.

Oly Fun cutting

Even though I was working with a practical fabric, I still wanted to make my practical project a bit pretty. I used my Silhouette machine to cut some quilt fabric (backed with iron-on interfacing) into a pretty yellow flower. I couldn’t iron the flower directly onto the tote bag because Oly*Fun’s one limitation is that it won’t take a hot iron. Instead, I ironed the flower onto a piece of white fabric and then trimmed around it as a background.

Shopping Bag Applique

I handstitched the flower applique onto the tote, and also did some decorative top stitching inside the flower (which will also do double-duty helping secure the flower). I was amazed at how easily the Oly-Fun fabric took handstitching, despite the bulk and strength of the fabric.

Shopping Bag Full

At about $3/yard for 60″ wide fabric, Oly*Fun is definitely an affordable way to create a project like this. Especially when you calculate the savings in supplies like seam binding that weren’t needed when working with Oly*Fun.

With a whole rainbow of Oly*Fun to work with, I look forward to making myself many more totes to do my grocery shopping with!

Review | Aleene’s Fabric Fusion

Reported by Cassandra Darwin

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Aleene's Fabric Fusion

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.

Aleene's Fabric Fusion Tape

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.

Aleene's Fabric Fusion Tape

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.

Aleene's Fabric Fusion Glue

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.

Aleene's Fabric Fusion glue

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.

Overall I’m happy with the way the basket turned out, and the Fabric Fusion products were just what I needed to get it done.

PROS:

  • Fabric Fusion Tape is easy and quick to use – love tearing the tape off the roll!
  • The Fabric Fusion line doesn’t require sewing or ironing for permanent adhesion.
  • Versatile, not just for hemming pants!

CONS:

  • Fabric Fusion Glue was runny and harder to control in a small area, and you need to allow for drying time.
  • Not for use with synthetic or stretchy fabric.

Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Liquid Permanent Adhesive retails for $7.99 for a 4 oz. bottle. Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Permanent Adhesive Tape retails for $7.99 for a 5/8 inch x 20 foot roll. Aleene’s Fabric Fusion products can be purchased at your local craft stores as well as Amazon.com.