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Laminating fabric

Ondine | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Several years ago, JoAnn Fabrics advertised a thin plastic that could be applied to cotton fabrics in order to render them moisture resistant. I can’t find the product now. Does anyone know of a source for such a product? It is possible that the product didn’t work or there was no demand for it. I want to use it to make something for a child who will handle the object – which won’t be washable regardless. Thanks for giving this your attention!


  1. stitchmd | | #1

    This is probably what you're thinking of. I googled Heat and Bond Vinyl to find sources.


    I've never used it, so can't comment on its quality.

    1. sueb | | #2

      I've tried this iron on vinyl and a friend of mine did too.  It's a terrible product.  I ruined yards of it trying to get a decent smooth bond.  You're better off just using a clear vinyl and stitching it on to your item, sandwiching your item between two layers of cleary vinyl or making the item using oilcloth or some other washable fabric.  There are some companies out there that will laminate a run of fabric for you using the professional grade vinyls and machines.  You could try googling for one of those.


      1. Ondine | | #4

        Thank you for your prompt response. You have described an idea that I had: to just buy clear plastic & sandwich the cotton between it. Maybe I'll just spray ScotchGard on the fabric and hope for the best. I am sorry to know of your unfortunate experience. Thanks for sharing it in this forum. Merry Christmas & happy new year to you!

    2. Ondine | | #3

      Thank you very much for your prompt response. I shall investigate the website you cited. Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

  2. Aliceann | | #5

    I hope this isn't too late.  I've used this on a Waverly cotton and it worked beautifully.  I think the trick is to allow it to cool a little while lying flat.  You should use a flat surface like a table covered with towels etc. rather than the ironing board.  You don't want to have that part you've just ironed hanging down with that curve in it as would happen with an ironing board.  I bought mine at Wal-marts but not all carry it.  Joann's still carries it in their notion dept., it's called Heat and Bond.

    1. Ondine | | #6

      Thanks for your response. I live in a community that has a Wal-Mart, so I'll see if the product is there. I have already asked at the local JoAnn Fabrics. Your suggestion about keeping the fabric flat, etc., is really appreciated.

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