It's also machine washable (it presses back into shape!) and is fusible on both sides.
Medium weight Fast2Fuse is great for creating support in the body of the bag.
My preferred use for the Heavyweight Fast2Fuse is as a bag base. It creates support without rigidity - unlike template plastic, it doesn't have a sharp edge so is nice and comfy on bags that sit against the body. (Apparently people also use it to make fabric bowls... I'm just trying to work out when you'd use a fabric bowl!!???).
Heres How to Make a Fast2Fuse Bag Base.....
1. Cut the Fast2Fuse to fit the size of the bag base (see instructions for cutting a Template Plastic Base). With Fast2Fuse, you don’t have to round off the corners.
2. Cut a piece of light cotton fabric (calico will do) a little over an inch longer than the length of the Fast2Fuse base, and wide enough to wrap around the width of it. OR if you want to make the base a bit stiffer you can use a fusible woven interfacing instead of the calico.
3. Fold the fabric over the Fast2Fuse and iron it on both sides, until the fabric is firmly fused.
4. Trim the excess fabric off the long edge of the Fast2Fuse, leaving a seam allowance of at least half an inch on the shorter ends.
5. Sew around the edges of the fabric, securing it to the Fast2Fuse. If the base is wider than about 4cm (and if you're as paranoid as I am about things coming UNDONE) you might like to also sew an x-shape through the centre of the base. (NOTE: This may be completely superfluous... I just like to be SURE things are going to stay put!!)
6. Lay the Fast2Fuse against the base of the bag, and sew the seam allowances of the bag base to the fabric at the ends of the Fast2Fuse base.Apologies for the black and white pictures for this tutorial. I've lifted them straight off the print-friendly-but-bandwidth-heavy pdf!!!
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