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JillRN1995
Posted 2012-12-18 2:04 PM (#84198)
Subject: Advice needed for placemats



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I'm making placemats for my daughter for Christmas.  

What is the best thing to use in between the top and bottom layers to give them some body?

 Thanks!

 Jill

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Grandma C
Posted 2012-12-18 2:45 PM (#84201 - in reply to #84198)
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How about Fusiboo fusible bamboo batting. Its naturally antibacterial and not to thick.
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JillRN1995
Posted 2012-12-18 3:45 PM (#84202 - in reply to #84198)
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I've never heard of that. I think that I want something that is crisp.
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Karen - Tech Support
Posted 2012-12-19 7:18 AM (#84203 - in reply to #84198)
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How about the sturdy Pellon interfacing.
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Welmoed
Posted 2012-12-19 9:28 AM (#84204 - in reply to #84198)
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I would use two layers of heavy western flannel drapery interlining. But wash it first!! Are you planning on quilting the placemats? If so, this will give you plenty of body.
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JillRN1995
Posted 2012-12-19 11:24 AM (#84206 - in reply to #84198)
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Actually both of those options is what I was considering. I think they use the Pellon type of interfacing in some ready made placemats.

I'm using scraps of drapery fabric from the window treatments and pillow covers that I'm making for her. Neither fabric washes well, so they will have to be dry cleaned if she spills something on them. Do you know if the Pellon will keep its shape with dry cleaning?

I have enough of the flannel interlining leftover from the window treatments, so if I use that then a canvas back would make them more crisp.

Thanks for the suggestions.

All of this sewing is keeping me out of the malls, so I'm not spending as much this Christmas!

I have one more Roman shade, 2 pillow covers and 4 placemats to make.

Jill
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Patti
Posted 2012-12-19 1:20 PM (#84209 - in reply to #84206)
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I've washed drapery fabric many times. To test, cut a 6x6 square and soak in super hot water several times, then put into a hot dryer. You'll be able to see colorfastness and shrinkage. Good luck.
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barbara
Posted 2012-12-19 6:16 PM (#84211 - in reply to #84206)
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dry clean placemats? i personally, would not do that. i would wash them and take my chances.
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Grandma C
Posted 2012-12-20 12:10 AM (#84212 - in reply to #84198)
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I usually wash my fabric before sewing even if it says dryclean only. For housewares because that is how I need to be able to care for them. The Fusiboo is sold at Hancocks . I used it in a Diaperbag I padded with it and a casserole carrier placemat set I made last year. It provided a modicum of stiffening. I may not have the spelling correct but it is a very nice batting. You could also add the Pellon. I did that to the Diaper bag also. The bag is a UFO or I would show you a photo. I am sure you are making placemats that are for formal use so they wont be used frequently but I still think I would make them washable unless your daughter already has a weekly trip to the drycleaners. Just my 2 cents worth.
Your work is always beautiful and I'm sure whatever you decide to do will work out perfectly.
Grandma C/ Belinda from Alabama
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JillRN1995
Posted 2012-12-24 12:18 PM (#84234 - in reply to #84198)
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Hallelujah! I finished all of my Christmas sewing for my daughter. The placemats are adorable. I used the flannel interlining and I found a twill drapery fabric for the back side. I'll Scotchguard them and hopefully they will wash ok in cold water and then lay flat to dry. I made 4 roman shades, a valance, and 2 pillowcovers for her. I'll post pictures after Christmas. I hope that all of you have a wonderful Christmas! Jill

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SueC56
Posted 2012-12-25 10:58 PM (#84244 - in reply to #84234)
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Look forward to seeing the results of all your hard work!
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