How to apply interfacing… without risking your iron’s life!

with 2 Comments

If you want to apply fusible interfacing with complete piece of mind, you need to use baking paper. Yep, that’s right. Baking paper.

Have you ever seen what the sole of an iron looks like if it’s been accidentally applied to the WRONG side of the interfacing sheet…? Well, you don’t want to, honestly. You either have to spend hours cleaning your iron, or you transfer glue onto all your clothes for the following month, … or you give up and buy a new one (eeek…!)

Accidents happen, right? Can you really be 100% sure you’ll NEVER be distracted by a phone call, or a text, or a “is tea ready yet?”… and that you’ll NEVER place the interfacing glue-side up…? I’m not.

So there you have it. Baking paper is your friend. It withstands LOTS of heat, so it’ll cope with your iron, and if EVER the worst happens and you place the interfacing the wrong way up, the baking paper will be happy to take the rap for it (it’s much cheaper to replace than an iron!!!)

1. Layer the stitched fabric (wrong side up), the interfacing (sticky side down), and last but not least the baking paper:

Interfacing

2. Iron the baking paper, then gently peel it off:

Interfacing

And you know what, even if you’re always careful, and NEVER get the sides mixed up… it’s STILL a great idea to use baking paper: there’s often a tiny amount of glue that bleeds past the edges of the interfacing… only a tiny amount, but enough to make your iron irritably sticky for a short while!

Extra tip, because I  you:

If you use the same baking sheet more than once (only if it’s not been in a wrong-side accident, OK?), write something silly like “iron side” in one corner of the side that’s never been in contact with the interfacing, otherwise you’ll contaminate your iron with the glue bleeds from the previous time you used the baking sheet!

Interfacing

And now: ready, steady, apply stress-free interfacing!

If you found this tip useful, feel free to share 🙂

Fusible Interfacing Tutorial

Here are a few examples for designs for which this method works really well:

Peacock Stitching Set - Faby Reilly Designs
Peacock Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Peacock Stitching Set

3 FOR 2 offer ♥ FREE Needlebook 

PDF Pattern to stitch the full set of Peacock stitching accessories: pin-cushion biscornu, scissor case & fob, needlebook.

Don’t just store your stitching tools – do it with style and panache! These designs feature proud peacocks and their glorious feathers, enhanced with beads and sequins.

£10.00
Add to basket
Lizzie Stitching Wallet - Faby Reilly Designs
Lizzie Stitching Wallet - Faby Reilly Designs
Lizzie Stitching Wallet

PDF Pattern to stitch this beautiful and practical stitching wallet, either to keep inside your travel stitching bag, or to make an ever-so-special gift to a fellow stitcher. Folded, it’s no bigger than the hand, yet it’s big enough to hold a pair of scissors (11cm max), several needles, and small useful bits & pieces, such as a needle threader.

This design features hydrangea blooms and delicate Lisianthus flowers. It’s enhanced with special stitches, beads and mother-of-pearl sequins. Stitched and finished entirely by hand. No sewing machine required at any point.

£7.00
Add to basket
Violet Stitching Set - Faby Reilly Designs
Violet Stitching Set
Violet Stitching Set

3 FOR 2 offer ♥ FREE Needlebook 

PDF Pattern to stitch the full set of Violet stitching accessories: pin-cushion biscornu, scissor case & fob, needlebook.
These designs feature delicate violet posies, enhanced with beads and golden thread.

£10.00
Add to basket
Peacock Needlebook - Faby Reilly Designs
Peacock Needlebook - Faby Reilly Designs
Peacock Needlebook

PDF Pattern to stitch this striking needlebook – don’t just store your needles, do it with style and panache!
This design features a proud peacock and his glorious feathers, beautifully enhanced with beads and sequins. Once assembled, this needlebook is about 6.5 cm (2.5″) wide and 8 cm (3″) high.

£4.00
Add to basket
Wild Rose Needlebook
Wild Rose Needlebook
Wild Rose Needlebook

PDF Pattern to stitch this elegant needlebook. This design features wild roses and fruits, and it’s beautifully enhanced with beads and a dainty decorative border.

£4.00
Add to basket
Apple Blossom Scissor Case
Apple Blossom Scissor Case
Apple Blossom Scissor Case

PDF Pattern to stitch this scissor case. This design features beautiful apple blossoms and fairy-tale butterflies, and it’s delicately enhanced with a few beads.

Perfect for scissors up to 11 cm (4.5″) long.

£5.00
Add to basket
Apple Blossom Needlebook
Apple Blossom Needlebook
Apple Blossom Needlebook

PDF Pattern to stitch this needlebook. This design features beautiful apple blossoms and fairy-tale butterflies, and it’s delicately enhanced with a few beads.

£4.00
Add to basket
Pink Lotus Set - Faby Reilly Desgins
Pink Lotus Biscornu - Faby Reilly Designs
Pink Lotus Stitching Set

3 FOR 2 offer ♥ FREE Needlebook 

Pattern to stitch the full set of Pink Lotus stitching accessories: pin-cushion biscornu, scissor case & fob, needlebook.
These designs feature bright lotus flowers and lily pads, enhanced with special stitches, beads and golden threads.

£10.00
Add to basket
Violet Needlebook - Faby Reilly Designs
Violet Needlebook - Faby Reilly Designs
Violet Needlebook

Pattern to stitch this pretty needlebook. This design features delicate violet posies, enhanced with beads and golden thread.

£4.00
Add to basket
Wild Rose Scissor Case
Wild Rose Scissor Case
Wild Rose Scissor Case

PDF Pattern to stitch this elegant scissor case. This design features wild roses and fruits, and it’s beautifully enhanced with beads and a dainty decorative border.

Perfect for scissors up to 11 cm (4.5″) long.

£5.00
Add to basket
Pink Lotus Needlebook - Faby Reilly Designs
Pink Lotus Needlebook - Faby Reilly Designs
Pink Lotus Needlebook

Pattern to stitch this colourful needlebook featuring bright lotus flowers and lily pads, enhanced with special stitches, beads and golden threads.
Once assembled, it’s about 6.5 cm by 8 cm (2.5″ x 3″) when closed, and 13.5 cm by 8 cm (5.5″ x 3″) when opened.

£4.00
Add to basket
Fuchsia Scissor Case
Fuchsia Scissor Case
Fuchsia Scissor Case

Pattern to stitch this elegant scissor case and its matching scissor fob.
This design features fuchsia blooms in all their delicate splendour, and it’s beautifully enhanced with beads, sequins, metallic threads and special stitches.

Perfect for scissors up to 11 cm (4.5″) long.

£5.00
Add to basket

2 Responses

  1. Vicki Gocke Meade
    | Reply

    What a great tip….will be sharing this with a friend at work…we were talking about interfacing and stitching today. I hate interfacing on my iron!!! Thanks!

    • Faby Reilly
      | Reply

      I’m so pleased to hear that you’ve found it useful, Vicki!! Hope your friend likes it too🙂

Leave a Reply to Faby Reilly Cancel reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.