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Have you ever heard of Peltex? No, it’s not the name of a feminine product. It’s actually a super-cool, stock-up-when-it’s-on-sale sewing and crafting accessory!
I’ve run across several patterns that call for Peltex here lately, so I thought I would share a few tips (along with exactly what it is) with my readers today.
Peltex is a heavy fabric stabilizer. It’s more than interfacing. I’m not kidding when I say this is extremely thick. I’ve actually broken a seam ripper trying to cut through a few layers of fabric fused with Peltex. Made by Pellon, Peltex comes in non-fusible and fusible varieties, meaning that it can be sewed (non-fusible) or ironed (fusible) on fabric. The fusible kind can be purchased with one-sided or double-sided options.
I’ve used Peltex for a couple of projects, but it’s awesome for small clutch type purses and other crafty type of projects where the fabric needs to maintain some type of shape. I also used it for the egg carton I made for Princess’ play kitchen.
Here are a few tips I’ve discovered when using Peltex:
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions that are on that little piece of paper that comes from the fabric store. Don’t skip a step or make up your own. Like the teacher said, the instructions are there for a reason.
- When making a project that has to be “turned”, trim the Peltex smaller than the two pieces of fabric so that the Peltex is not in the seam allowance. Peltex is HEAVY and the seam allowance will not flatten out if Peltex is inside.
This post is not sponsored by Peltex. I’m just passing along information on a neat product!!
Christine @ Angel Stitch Embroidery and Jezebel says
Hmmm. Never heard of it. Looks like something that I could use though. Found you on A Round Tuit.
Garage Sales R Us says
Just wanted to drop by and say thanks for joining the Meet and Tweet this week! I am a new follower! Hope you’ll stop by and do the same!
Robin @ http://garagesalesrus.blogspot.com/
I really appreciate the info. I get in the store and don’t know what all that interfacing stuff is for or how to use it. Often the sales people don’t know either. Thanks!
I would probably understand this better if I sewed, but I know a lot of readers of BeColorful will enjoy it as we do all of your ideas. Thanks for sharing with BeColorful this week. Happy Monday, Pam
I’ve never heard of it either. Definitely looks like something to investigate though.:)
I’ve never tried Peltex – but I use Buckram which is similar!! Very useful stuff!! 🙂
Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
I’ll be getting some of that next time I make a purse or bag. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
Marilyn Clark says
Thanks for the tips! 😀
Kimberly Sminkey says
Really cool product and tips! Thanks for sharing, i’d never heard of it before!
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Thanks, you have cleared up what Peltex is. However, I do have a question. I am making “pot pinchers” and the pattern calls for both “Peltex” and “Insul-Bright”. This seems awfully thick to me. Do you think this is correct. Patricia
Melanie @ bear rabbit bear says
This does seem thick, but both products serve a different purpose- the Peltex will hold the item’s shape and the Insul-Bright is the heat protectant. I would go ahead and try it with both, but if you are finding it impossible to work with, I would scrap the Peltex before the Insul-Bright. I would love to see a picture of the pot pinchers when you are finished!
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I’ve used when making some round totes. Great to put in the bottom to hold that round shape without sagging.
That’s a great use!
Have heard of peltex but haven’t seen it in shops here (Australia). Would like to give it a try, must keep looking!