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Entries in No Sew Projects (14)

Product Spotlight: Heat n Bond 

by April

I wanted to share a some info about a great product called heat n bond, a paper backed iron on glue. It is technically a bonding web, or fusible web. There are many products out there that do the same thing, heat n bond is the no sew variety that is great for crafting. It’s name is pretty self explanatory but here is the process for it’s use.  Simple steps: Press, Cut, Peel, Fuse. 

This product is versatile, it can be used with fabric of all types, felt, suede, leather, wood and cardboard.

The first step iron on the glue.

Cut out the paper backing to fit your shape now peel back the paper.

This next photo is showing the glue you can see it has stuck to the cardboard.

Now you want to attach your fabric. Place the piece of fabric over your areas with glue and iron.

The shape on the left is showing the fabric attached. The last step is to cut your fabric to fit the shape.

The details…

Osnaburg is the background fabric.

The letters are a wool blend felt.

The pattern for the letters is from Your Banner Pattern written by our neighbor Autumn.

Heat n Bond the adhesive used in this project.

The banner disks are hanging from twill tape.

All of these products are available here in the shop.

Little clothes pins available at Collage.

There is a banner hanging in the window right now. Stop by and see what it says.

Stay tuned for future posts on other types of bonding webs and their uses.

Weekend Project : Make it over with Oilcloth

by April

Spring is creeping up here in Portland, time for spring cleaning and a little make over in the pantry.

This is a great project to spruce up a blah space and add a pop of color in the kitchen.  Oilcloth wipes down easily, all you have to do is cut it to size and lay it down.

I am not getting new counter tops any time soon and the thought of painting the cupboard is daunting. I opted for a quick cover up that was easy and fun. My scraps doubled as bookmarks for the most used recipes in my go to cookbook.


In minutes I was able to make over my pantry. If you want to make this cover up more permanent, try folding the oilcloth over the edge of the shelf and taping or stapling it underneath your shelving.

Oilcloth is also great for table cloths, instant gratification, no sewing needed. A new batch of patterns arrived in the shop this week, some funky and a few more traditional patterns.  Stop in, shop, chop, voila!

I *felt* this was the best way to say I love you

by Hannah

I’ve been wanting to make my own envelopes for quite some time now. I have no idea why I’ve had such an urge for such a little project but I just did. I found Valentine’s day the perfect opportunity. These Valentine’s day notes are fun for adults and children. I understand that my snail looks more like a whale so I think I’ll try the bear next with maybe some message like, “I bearly know you and I love you.” or “I love you so much, I can hardly bear it.”

You’ll need:
*¼ yard of felt or a couple 12”x18” sheets or more depending on how many you’re making
fabric scissors
tailor’s chalk or ball point pen
*Fabricmate fabric markers
butter knife
cookie cutters or any shape you want to trace
Liquid Stitch 
*envelope or my template

1. Use the butter knife to carefully undo the glue that is holding the envelope together OR cut out the template. 
2. Trace the opened envelope shape onto the felt. 
3. Use Liquid Stitch  to glue your felt envelope into an envelope. You’ll glue exactly where you opened the paper envelope. Don’t glue too much or press it or it will go through the envelope and you won’t be able to put anything in it. 
4. Now trace your critter or shape of choice and cut it out. 
5. Cut out a few triangles of muslin for your message and dab the three corners with Liquid Stitch. Place them as shown. 
6. Allow everything to dry. I gave it 1½ -2 hours
6. Write a love note with fabric markers, kiss it and make some more. 

You can cut out a few squares of muslin and Liquid Stitch them to the front of the envelope, this way you can label them if you’re making them for an entire classroom or big group.

*These are best because they won’t bleed and kids can decorate how they want.
*I always choose wool/rayon felt because of the quality and we have it by the yard.

Download Envelope template