It’s grey and rainy here in Minneapolis! No fun, I was wanting to be outside for a little while today but no dice. Instead, I guess it’ll force me to get some things done inside. I have discovered a fun new thing: fusing fabric to paper! The possibilities are really endless and you could use any fabric/paper combo you would like (although I’ve had the best success with cardstock). I’ll show you one simple project you can do with fabric fused paper, but expand out and think of all the fun things you can do!
What you need: a piece of fabric, a piece of cardstock (I had an 8 1/2 by 11 piece), fusible webbing, iron and ironing board, scissors, and a punch (but you can always just cut out tag shapes)
Iron your piece of fusible webbing to the back of your fabric per the brand instructions. The general rule is put the shiny/textured side down onto the back of the fabric so that the paper-like side of the webbing is facing up. This is the side you want to iron, also make sure your webbing is a little smaller than your fabric so you don’t get the webbing gunk on your ironing board. Then let it cool for a few moments.
Peel the paper backing away from the fabric. You should be left with a nice shiny surface on the wrong side of your fabric. If the paper doesn’t peel away easily, you may need to iron it more to make sure that the webbing adhered.
Now, place your fabric shiny side down onto your cardstock. Also make sure that the webbing doesn’t touch your ironing board (again, it is really quite gunky!)
Iron your fabric onto the cardstock. This process can take anywhere from 8-12 seconds. I found it helpful to leave the iron in one spot for a second or 2 and then move it around some. Continuing to do this on the entire piece, you can always lift the corners and see if it’s adhered. When it cools it adheres more. You will want to let it cool almost completely before you do the punching or you won’t get a very clean punch.
After it’s cooled, use your tag punch (or any punch) and punch out your tags! It’s helpful to have a very sharp punch, I read that you can punch some aluminum foil with your punch a few times to sharpen it up and it seems to work for me. You can also cut out any shape you would like: letters, birds, anything at all.
I also did some circle punches!
Sometimes, there are little frayed bits left behind but they are easy to get rid of with some nice sharp and pointy scissors. Or you can keep them on there for effect, your choice!
Finally, take your little hole punch and make some holes for the strings or ribbon.
And voila! Some fun and unique gift tags for giving!
What are some other ways we could use fabric fused paper? Leave all of your great suggestions in the comments!