For the past few weeks I have been looking for affordable cotton that has been coated with some type of laminate. It is not that waterproof cotton is hard to find, but that it is rather expensive and the fabric designs do not match the type of project for which I want to use it. So, after weeks of research, I decided to try to laminate my own cotton fabric. Would you believe it is a surprisingly simple process, although a little time consuming. The only drawback is that the fabric is not machine washable, but it can be wiped clean with a damp cloth.
I was worried about the safety of the product if it was used on lunch sacks or on baby bibs. After a lot of reading, I discovered that the company that makes Heat 'n' Bond conducted tests on the product to ensure compatibility with government safety regulations. (Good for Therm O Web!) Their tests showed that Heat 'n' Bond Iron-On Vinyl did not contain BPA or lead. There was one warning, however. The product does use a plasticizer, called DIDP. Although DIDP is not banned by the government, Therm O Web does suggest the iron-on vinyl not be used on items that are meant to be chewed or sucked on by children. I was impressed with the responsible actions of this company and decided to give it a try.
This week I have been experimenting with the laminate to make lunch sacks. After a few burned fingers (the vinyl gets REALLY hot) and a sticky mess on my iron (do not touch any part of the vinyl with your iron), I have to say that I just love the way the sacks have turned out! They are lined with Insul Bright to keep foods hot or cold. The most fun part of making these cute lunch bags was being able to choose the fabric to make them!
I am anxious to try other projects with the Heat 'n' Bond Iron-On Vinyl. Maybe a pocketed bib, pencil case or cosmetic bag!
Talking about pencil bags, look at this adorable child's pencil bag. It is pieced, quilted, and machine washable. The bag can be made in large (shown here) or in a smaller size which has three rows of squares instead of four. It also can be modified to use in a binder by adding grommets along the bottom edge.
One last thing. Thank you to all of my friends and supporters. I appreciate all of your wonderful, likes, comments and shares on Facebook.
Many people have asked how they can purchase some of the items in the gallery. Right now, Southern Comfort is only open for online orders, but we will be opening our shop soon. Keep watching our webpage and posts for more information
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