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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
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