Non-stick Fusing Mat made for Fusibles
Non-stick Fusing Mat made for Fusibles


Welcome to Nifty Notions from SewVeryEasy,
my name is Laura. Today’s nifty notion is a fusing mat. A fusing mat is a surface that you can iron over top of. You’re going to be able to use fusible webs and glues on this surface. The glues and fusibles do not stick. Having fusible is not stick makes fusing mats a lot of fun to use. The mats I’m going to share with you today are from Precision Quilting Tools and come in two different sizes: A 12″ by 18″ and a 17″ by 24″. When we open up the box we have the fusing mat covered with a protective piece of plastic that we can take off and discard, and a free Teflon pressing sheet. So we have a fusing mat plus a matching Teflon sheet. Between the two of these we really can fuse almost anything together. The fusing mat is quite thick and has some weight to it. When it goes on a surface it does not move. It is very very secure. Even the fabrics that you put on are very secure. They don’t want to move. As a matter of fact, having a pair of tweezers will help because that fabric really sticks quite well. The Teflon sheet is also quite thick. I’m going to pull out the mat I’ve been using for a while so I can show you how it’s turned out for me. The mat I’ve been using is the large 17″ by 24″. That Teflon sheet is the same size. Both pieces are very easy to take care of because nothing really sticks on them. If it does, it just comes right off. For example, I have a little bit of fusible web stuck onto this Teflon sheet. I’m going to show you how easy it is for that glue to come off. I’m not sure if you can see that in the camera, but there’s a little bit of a fusible web stuck on. It honestly just comes off as easily as rubbing it with your fingers. Whatever’s stuck to that mat comes right off. As for this fusing mat, I haven’t had anything stick on it yet. However, because this mat really holds fabric tightly, it also holds a little lint. You can just rinse it with warm water and let it dry. You can even put them in the dishwasher if you’d like, but for everyday my lint roller works quite well. I’d like to share with you a couple of things that I’ve been using the mat for. The first thing is it was designed for appliqué. This is a pattern that I thought I was going to appliqué all these little blocks, but I’ve come to realize it is going to take me far too long. I’ll never get the project done on time, so I’m going to fuse the appliqué shapes down. To do that, we take our fusible webs and put the paper side up. We trace the shapes that we need. From there we cut those shapes out so that we have lots around the outside. We fuse it onto the back of the fabric, then we can trim off what we need to and we have that shape. The fusing mat works great for this application. Because I was going to hand-appliqué with a turned edge, I already had all of my pieces cut out. I have that fusible bigger than my fabric, so if I was using an ironing board, I couldn’t press that down because that fusible would stick on the board. I couldn’t use it this way because then the fusible is going to stick on the iron. The fusing mat is going to make it easy. I lay my piece so that the good side is facing down. It really does stick, Now that fusible part is going to go on the back. I have my iron set to the proper temperature for my fusible, and I’m just going to fuse it on. You can see already that this fusible does not want to stay stuck onto that surface, which is perfect. Now I can cut out the shape that I want. I’m going to need eight of these shapes to make one of those flowers, Because that fusible web-side is not sticking on this mat, I don’t have to be so careful cutting out my shapes. Normally our fabric is bigger than the fusable. In this case, my fabric is bigger but not big enough to cover the entire area. I’m just making sure that there’s enough fabric to trim. I will need a circle for the center of that flower. Remove the paper off the back of the shapes. I’m going to take that pattern placement sheet and I’m going to put it underneath my mat. You can see through the mat. Being able to see through this mat means I’ll be able to place the fabrics exactly the way I want them. These petals are going to go around this flower. I can move them until I get the shape and the arrangement that I like. Now that I have the shape that I want, I’ll be able to fuse these all together and it’s going to make one large unit. The fusing mat is not designed to go over top of a cutting mat, so be sure to put it on top of a surface that you can iron on, such as your ironing board! Now take time and fuse that right on top of that surface, following the directions for that fusible web. Then be sure to let this cool down. As with any fusible, it needs to cool before you move it. That way the glue has a chance to set onto the other fabrics. Once it’s cooled down I can take this off. It’s now one solid piece of fabric. I have no glue on the surface; the glue has remained right here. The pattern has a little circle in the center of the flower. And press. I’m not sure if you can see through this but I can see through it. Now I can press that down. Within a couple of minutes, that entire flower is done. It’s sure going to be a lot quicker than hand-appliqué. The fusing mat is also used for my hot glue gun surface. I work right on top of this surface. As this glue gun is sitting here waiting for us, a lot of times it will drip some of this hot glue. That glue, even when it dries, comes right up. Because this hot glue does not stick on the surface, we can do another thing with a hot glue gun. We can make window cling-ons. Make a surface with your hot glue. You can put anything in that sparkles, or some googly eyeballs. Then let that glue cool and dry all the way. You could put a picture underneath and use the glue to follow a picture design. Once it’s dry you can peel that piece off. The smooth side will now stick on glass. You now have some window cling-ons. Adding some sparkles or something inside would sure be a lot of fun to do. Even just leaving that glue clear is a lot of fun. When I’m done, I can just roll it up and put it aside. This helps keep my iron clean, my ironing surface clean, and nothing really sticks on it, which makes me want to fuse things even more. Thank you for joining me today on Nifty Notions. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
in the sewing room. Bye for now!

50 thoughts on “Non-stick Fusing Mat made for Fusibles”

  1. CJ says:

    Fantastic! Just make sure not to use it on your cutting mat 🙂

  2. KCQuilting says:

    Wow!!! Love that mat! Thanks for sharing that idea about the glue gun – my daughter is constantly crafting and using the glue gun. This could be used double duty for her crafting AND my sewing – love finding out more than one use for products ♥️👍🏻

  3. Denise Mcintosh says:

    Great notion!

  4. Shirla Willems says:

    And the other pad is for?

  5. Elizabeth LaRose says:

    Looks like a silpat that used in baking

  6. Eileen Jones says:

    This mat looks like the ones you use for backing cookies! It works great so I’m sure it will for fusing material
    😎

  7. Heather Mckeown says:

    Won’t the heat from the iron warp your cutting mat underneath the fusible mat?

  8. Gwen Broward says:

    I will get one of these THANKS

  9. Sue Spiers says:

    Great notion, wish could get in the U.K. x

  10. RoyalQuiltsCom says:

    This is a Great informative video! The amount of times customers ask what would I use this for? Now I can refer them to your video!

  11. Cynthia Fed says:

    Great video. Thank you for sharing this information!
    Quick question: where can I order the cutting mat with blue lines on your table & under the teflon/fusing mat?

  12. Christine Smith says:

    So well explained as usual 😄 A nifty notion indeed! Thank you, Laura.

  13. theresa c says:

    Thank you for this video! I have always shied away from applique because I'd rather sew on my machine then by had any day, and it never comes out completely right for me! I knew there are things like this out there, but this is a fantastic demo on its use. I will be buying one soon and concurring a fear and a sewing bucket list item. GREAT video as usual!

  14. Karol Iyer says:

    Very nice mat…I have a small one but this looks better to use……hope I can find this at the quilt shows…..😃

  15. Linda Daniels says:

    I gotta have me one of these!!!! Thanks Laura 👍

  16. Di Jones says:

    Awesome …gotta have one 😃…so versatile…love that glue doesn’t stick to it ..boy I had a tough job getting glue of my table once. But what was the other mat for Laura? Pressing fusible? 😘💐

  17. RosalynMiranda66 says:

    You just made spent $51.00 with the Amazon shipping!!! I hope it is as good as you show here!!! HA!!!

  18. Nina Schmidt says:

    Great tutorial! Can't wait to try it at home. I already own one of their wool ironing mats and love it! The size is exactly the same as the larger fusing mat so it will be perfect to iron on.

  19. Lorena Covarrubias says:

    Thanks for this great tip, Laura! On another note, I want to reach out to this wonderful sewing community to let you all know of a Charity Sewing Event that I am hosting with 6 of my sewing students (9-13 yrs old) to provide school bags (that the children
    and I will be making and donating) and much needed school supplies to children in Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world. Please visit my campaign to raise funds to purchase the school supplies, plus all the information about this event:
    https://www.gofundme.com/A-charity-sewing-event-fundraiser
    I am very proud of these students who are generously donating their time and sewing skills for other less fortunate children. Thank you!

  20. KCQuilting says:

    Anyone looking to purchase this mat FROM CANADA 🇨🇦 can do so by ordering here 👉🏻👉🏻 https://imsewhappy.co/products/applique-fusing-mats-assorted-sizes They offer 📦 FREE SHIPPING 📦 for anything over $50 AND you’d be supporting a small business 😌

  21. Vera Campbell says:

    Very nice mat. I could have used it during my glue gun days. Lol. But now I can use for my quilt I want to do. Thank you Laura.

  22. Trisha Pearson says:

    Thank you for that. As a relative newbie to sewing your channel is brilliant. X

  23. Marty Mitchell says:

    5

  24. izabeau1953 says:

    Ow , never knew this expiate , amazing mat. I always learn something new from you Laura, wish I had all this information years ago . But who knows maybe I I’ll get my energy to sow lots of nice things again. Seeing I know so many different tools and ways to use things to make sowing so much easier and pleasurable . 🌹❤️🌹❤️🥰

  25. Tina Crapson says:

    Is the mat the same as the silicone baking mats? From the video, it looks very similar.

  26. Jennie Lynn Schlageter says:

    Love nifty notions!

  27. Sandy Heller says:

    I really want one of those 😊

  28. Terri Bradford says:

    This is a MUST have! Thanks!

  29. Laura Fifer says:

    Wonderful demonstration. Like always, thanks Laura. This will be so usable, no more replacing iron board covers. Thanks!

  30. Lori Davison says:

    Laura thank you so much.. gift time for my quilting buddies!.. ??? Do you like the Iron you used in this video?

  31. M BEY says:

    Thank you.

  32. Anna Jackson says:

    I Just fused fleece to my ironing board two days ago. 😁. This is timely.

  33. Cynthia Aden says:

    Boy do I need that Mat thanks so much ! My life just got easier !!

  34. Bonnie Brannon says:

    What a terrific product! Thank you for the demo, Laura 👏🏼😍

  35. Valerie Holborow says:

    Hi Laura Val from Australia,I was watching your video on the fusing mat,I have looked on internet,can’t seem to find it,could please give me internet site.
    I just love your videos,I have learned so much from you
    Sincerely val

  36. Delphine PIASKOWSKI says:

    Can you tell me about the iron you are using. No cord?

  37. Bonita Nance says:

    I've never seen this product before. The best thing about it is you can see through the pressing sheet! The ones I use are opaque. I have to add this to my arsenal! Thx so much for sharing.

  38. Herr Mondlicht says:

    Well I live in England & as usual you can’t get nothing over here. It’s an outrageous amount to buy from USA. So good old eBay kitchen silicone liners. Bigger & cheaper boom done. Yay. I’m glad I saw this video because I was wanting something like this as I have just upholstered my large table top ironing board. Thanks Lura.

  39. Sue Suplicki says:

    Thank you! This is so awesome!

  40. Joan Hendrix says:

    Neat product. Thank you.

  41. Meg Scott says:

    argggggggggg .. i tried finding somewhere i could buy the mat from .. its seems Amazon wont post it to Australia because its third party … so where can i buy it from ?

  42. 7459serenity says:

    I used a silicone cookie sheet and a Teflon sheet and they work exactly the same as what's shown here. . The cookie sheet I got at dollarama for 3 dollars and the teflon sheets on Wish for 4 dollars. Im on a fixed income and couldn't afford the cost and these work exactly the same with my appliqué

  43. linda pucillo says:

    Ok, so I seem to be the only one confused. Where does the Teflon mat come in? Is it put under the fusible mat when fusing? Used in some other way? I also have silicon mats I use for baking and roasting. Is the fusible mat the same thing? See? Confused!

  44. Marian Rooth says:

    Thanks Laura.

  45. TYSU SHOP says:

    Thank you so much l'm learning from you a lot of things

  46. Kathleen Champ says:

    Good morning, I'm not sure how your fusing. Can you please make it clear for me. Once you cut and added bonding / fusing to material.. you keep""fusing"" does the fusing material keep spreading or is the mat causing ..? I only saw you add fusing maral once. Oh buy the way it double sided fusing material? That went mentioned either. Thank you for clarifying im really new to sewing. Seems newbies have to search and cross reference to get complete info. Is prefer to stick with one video for info. It's easier due to my limited time working. Thank you so very much😊

  47. Nancy Oppegard says:

    This was a really helpful demonstration. Thanks, Laura !

  48. Rhondda Holker says:

    Would someone please tell her it is Teflon not Tef-a-lon. I find this very irritating. Thank you.

  49. Lisa Alaniz says:

    Great tutorial Laura!! Gonna try this, but my question is…where do I get that Flower pattern? It's super cute

  50. Julie Beard says:

    Great information. Many thanks.

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