Swell Christmas fabric collection by Urban Chiks for #modafabrics features cotton & PVC coated prints! Today I'm sharing the projects I made and a few tips for sewing with these coated fabrics.
Sunday afternoons I like to visit my sewing machine and enjoy some fabrics. This week I wanted to try and sew a few things with Swell Christmas by Urban Chiks for Moda Fabrics. Most especially, the 3 PVC coated Swell Christmas prints .
These coated prints are perfect for snack bags, place mats, aprons, bibs , table cloths, zippered pouches, notebook covers and more. There are so many ideas and patterns on line, it didn't take long to find free patterns for these 2 quick to make projects
The scrap bag has self ties that you can use to hang it around the headrest in your car, but it also looks cute with the top folded down so that the coated inside fabric peeks out. I can put one in my car , but I think I will use these for scrap catchers at my sewing table
The zipper pouch really only took 10 minutes to make once I had printed Petit Chou's free pattern and cut out the simple shapes needed for the pouch
I have sewn with the iron on vinyl before, but not with a fabric that was already coated. These 3 PVC coated prints that are part of the Swell Christmas collection were fun and easy to work with.
Sewing with coated fabrics requires a few precautions: avoid pins, the holes they leave won't go away. Instead use wonder clips or binding clips to hold pieces together while stitching.
Be careful if you decide you want to iron your work, test a scrap of your coated fabric on a cooler temperature setting, or risk melting it. For these small projects that I decided to make, I was able to hold things in place with my fingers, so I didn't pin or use clips. Although I didn't use my iron. I did press my seams flat with a wooden press as I worked.
You may have a teflon presser foot that is designed for sewing vinyl and plastic. I found these PVC coated prints from Moda to be SO soft, easy to handle and almost silky to the touch, so I just left my all purpose foot. and had no issues. I only switched to my zipper foot when I wanted to stitch closely to the zipper on the zippered pouch. If you find that the PVC coated fabrics are grabbing or sticking instead of feeding nicely through your machine, by all means use the special presser foot that you may have.
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CLICK HERE for Anabelle Short’s list of projects you can make with plastic coated fabrics. Anabelle's list is where I found these 2 projects and so much more. Please share what you made with the Swell Christmas collection #swellchristamsfabrics on Instagram , or post photos on my FACEBOOK page and I will share it forward.
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