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Tips & Tricks Tuesday – Interfacing Storage

Tips & Tricks Tuesday – Interfacing Storage

On the weekend, Dave and I made a quick trip across the border so I could use the great coupons that Joanns emailed out last week.

The 40% off coupons allowed me stock up on interfacing that I was running short of.

This morning when I was putting it away, I realized that I’d shown you how I store my fabric, but I’d never shown you how I store interfacing to keep it from getting wrinkled and difficult to use.

I hope you’ve saved your empty wrapping paper tubes from Christmas.

1. Interfacing yardage and empty wrapping paper tube

Cut the cardboard tube a little longer than the width of the interfacing.

2. Cut wrapping paper tube a little larger than the width of the interfacing

Roll the interfacing around the tube.

Then to keep it from unrolling, wrap a strip of the paper instructions around the tube and tape to hold in place.

3. Wrap the paper instructions around the tube and secure with tape.

This has the added bonus of telling you what type of interfacing is on that particular roll.

Or you could cut a slit all the way along one side the leftover piece of cardboard tube…

4. Cut a slit along one side of the leftover cardboard tube

Write the name and weight on it and slip it around the roll of interfacing.

5. Wrap the smaller cardboard tube about the interfacing

I keep interfacing scraps in labelled Ziploc® bags in the bottom of a plastic storage bin.(<-affiliate link)

6. Scraps are stored in ziplock bags

The rolls of interfacing are stored on top.

7. Rolls of interfacing in the top of the storage bin

I’m all stocked up on fusible interfacing for a while!

Note: My storage bin measures 16.5″ X 22.5″.

 

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How to Store Interfacing So You Don't Ruin It

 

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20 Comments

  • Patty
    January 5, 2016 8:59 pm

    That’s a great idea. Mine are all folded in a bin which is messy.

  • Linda
    January 5, 2016 11:08 pm

    Great ideas! Now to find a bin and some paper tubes… Vast improvement in my methods …

  • Wendy B
    January 5, 2016 11:24 pm

    great ideas there…..mine all stand in the corner wrapped around cardboard tubes, or in plastic bags in drawers or in drawers, or on my sewing table, or under my sewing table……need to organise a bit better I think!

  • Jane
    January 5, 2016 11:28 pm

    Love this tip. Of course all those empty wraps I gave to the grands to play with and they’re long gone. But I will be foraging for them from here on out to be sure! Thanks for a wonderful tip and Happy New Year!

  • Doris McCarty
    January 6, 2016 11:38 am

    Thank you for this idea. I’m going to do this. Wishing you a wonderful day!

  • QuiltShopGal
    January 6, 2016 12:36 pm

    Excellent tip. Thank you. There have been way too many times I didn’t use an interfacing, as fast as I had thought I would when I bought it and later I’d forget what type it actually is. I definitely want to organize my interfacing, as you do. Thanks.

    QuiltShopGal
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  • Angela Grasse
    January 6, 2016 3:34 pm

    Great idea! Love it!

  • Brenda Hulsey
    January 6, 2016 3:43 pm

    Wonderful Ideal! I always lose track of what is what and end up buying more. This is a great way to do this and they get labels! Thank you!

  • Rachel
    January 6, 2016 4:33 pm

    How beautifully organised you are!

  • Susan
    January 6, 2016 10:15 pm

    thanks for sharing. can you share what you use the various types of interfacing for?

    • Super Mom No Cape
      January 9, 2016 12:41 am

      Hello Susan,

      That’s a great question. And one that I should probably write a post about soon.

      But for now… the Pellon 808 I use when I’m making totes or zippered bags. It’s a good heavy interfacing that gives them structure. It gets fused to the wrong side of the outer fabric. If I’m also adding fusible fleece to the outer fabric… the 808 is fused on after the fleece.

      The featherweight interfacing is also used for totes and bags. I fuse it to the lining. It’s not nearly as heavy as the Pellon 808 but it helps the linings to look better and function better in that they stay put inside the bag rather than shifting around.

      I use the featherweight interfacing when sewing clothes as well… for collars, cuffs and facings.

      The sheerweight it mostly used in clothing for more delicate fabrics where the featherweight would be too heavy.

      Over the years, I’ve learned that using the right interfacing makes a huge difference to the final results.

  • Kathleen Mary
    January 7, 2016 9:02 pm

    great idea. Ill have to start saving my tubes.

  • Susan
    January 9, 2016 1:16 am

    Thanks for your reply Sue. I will save this valuable info.
    Have you ever tried anything on the back of your embroidery projects, to prevent the thread from showing through when you jump from one area to another? I remember a woman from New Zealand telling me there is something she uses- but maybe it wasn’t Pellon?

  • Shasta
    January 12, 2016 7:44 pm

    I just bought some interfacing, and this is a great tip.

  • Sandra Williamson
    August 25, 2016 3:48 pm

    Aren’t there some interfacings, stabilizers that must be kept from air or they’ll degrade or become unusable? I’d think WSS is one example, especially if it’s high humidity? I’ve heard some stories of tough learning. If that’s true, do large airtight zipbags made that fit over the tubes? What size would be required or would a different wrapping be suggested.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      September 9, 2016 11:10 pm

      Hello Sandra,

      I sent you an email but thought I’d respond here as well in case others have the same question.

      Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your question. Sorry it’s taken so long to respond but I’m doing some research on your question.

      For now… as far as I know the only product that I’ve ever been told that should be carefully stored away from exposure to air is WonderUnder fusible web. WonderUnder is a product that I’ve used once and never used again because it was so difficult to get it to released from the paper and often when I did get the paper off, it fray the edges of the fabric applique piece.

      I use HeatNBond and just store it in the plastic packaging it comes in. So far I’ve never had any trouble with it deteriorating and I’ve been using it for years.

      The Pellon interfacings are stored just as you saw in the post and I have scraps that are years old that when I use them they work just as well as if they were brand new.

      I hope that helps. 🙂

      Wishing you a wonderful, heart-centered day with much Aloha,
      Sue

  • Debbie
    October 22, 2016 12:33 am

    What a novel idea – thanks! I’ve been looking for a way to keep my interfacings better!

  • Kim Thibodeaux
    November 21, 2016 2:37 pm

    I actually use a similar technique for storing vinyl/faux leather. I wrap it around foam pool noodles that I get for $1 at stores like Dollar Tree and Dollar General (in the U.S.).

  • Christine Suddarth
    March 22, 2017 11:10 am

    Excellent!!!! Thank you for this. I needed a good solution. This is it 😀

  • Hilda Chaski Adams
    August 16, 2017 10:59 am

    May I reprint your article on storing interfacing in the newsletter of the St. Louis Chapter of the American Sewing Guild. Of course, we will attribute the article to you. You have a fabulous site!!!

    Thank you

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