Velcro Fabric Fusion and a Special Lazy Announcement

Lazies, I’m head over heels in love. And it’s all Velcro’s fault.

I offer a product recommendation today, as well as a special Lazy announcement at the end of today’s post.

So, what’s so darned special about Velcro that’s got me spinning in my purse-loving seat?

91036v.jpgVelcro’s ‘Fabric Fusion’ fusible version of their hook and loop tape.

I was skeptical when I heard about it more than a year ago. But, I’ve tried it on a few projects recently and here’s why I really like it.

The Fusible Actually Works
The fusible actually does fuse to my cotton fabric projects. No sewing, no worries. Just place, heat with an iron from the fabric side for 60 seconds. Let it cool and you are done. Velcro claims that it strengthens with washing. I haven’t tried that, so I cannot comment on that claim. I’ve heard other Lazies say the bond does grow stronger with washing.

No Hard Edges
There are no hard plastic edges bordering the hook and loop tape like the sew-in version. That hard plastic edge is just hateful. Yes, it offers a nice clean place to stitch, but I don’t stitch there and it creates stiff sharp edges where cut to length that hurt. Frankly, I usually cut that hard edge off. Fusion is soft and supple from edge to edge.

Attach It Any Where, Any Time
Since Fusion doesn’t have to be sewn in place, it can be attached anywhere, any time. It does not have to be factored into the construction process. Sew-in Velcro needs to be installed so that the stitching won’t show on the exterior of a project, or can be camouflaged if it does.

For instance, on our Wonder Wallet, the Velcro is sewn through both layers of the cover fabric for strength and stability. The trade off is that the stitching shows on the front cover and needs an embellishment, such as a button, to hide the stitching.

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Sew-in Velcro on the Wonder Wallet (LGD211).
Stitching on the flap is covered by a button.

Stick It To Your Project Before Fusing
Fusion has a sticky coating on the back that allows it to stick to your project before fusing. That is really convenient. No pins. You don’t have to worry about it moving or straying from its final destination. That sticky coating, which is also the fusible, is a helping hand that I appreciate. The Fusion comes with a plastic covering on the sticky side. Peel it away when you are ready to use it. The plastic covering pulled away from my Fusion, so I keep the unused portion in a zip bag to keep the sticky stuff moist. 

Achieve Perfect Placement
Being able to add Velcro at the end of a project means you can achieve perfect placement. For a flap closure, like in our Gracie Handbag, simply locate and fuse one half of the Velcro in place. Then stick the other Velcro half to the fused piece on the flap. Close the flap as desired and the second half of the Velcro will be stuck to the bag where needed. Press with an iron from the lining side of the bag to fuse the second piece in place.


Flap on Gracie Handbag (LGD118) closes with Velcro.

Details
The Fabric Fusion version of Velcro is about twice the cost of the regular, sew-in Velcro. I think its versatility and fabulousness are worth the price. A package of 24″ x 3/4″ in beige, black, or white, has a suggested retail of just a bit over $5. Fusion is available in 1″ cuts, 24″ strip, 5 foot strip and 15 foot strip.

Fusion is available to you local quilt shop through their major suppliers. Ask them to stock this item or special order it for you.

Special Lazy Announcement
Please join me next Monday, August 27th, to meet the newest Lazy Girl pattern, the ‘Miranda Day Bag’. I’ll introduce Miranda here on my blog in Monday’s post.

Enjoy!
Joan

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15 Responses to “Velcro Fabric Fusion and a Special Lazy Announcement”

  1. Susan — August 20, 2007 @ 11:11 am

    I LOVE Velcro Fusion and, like you, I think it’s versatility is well worth the extra cost (although I did wait for the 40% Hobby Lobby coupon to purchase my first box). I have used it on several projects and it worked beautifully. I don’t know what the greatest thing before sliced bread was, but this is certainly the greatest thing since!

    Looking forward to the newest pattern! Monday can’t come soon enough.

  2. phyllis D. jackson — August 20, 2007 @ 6:16 pm

    I’m going to run and buy the new velcro. Thanks forthe info. I will letyou know the results. Can’t wait until your new purse comes out. Phyllis d. Jackson

  3. Linda Frick — August 20, 2007 @ 10:22 pm

    I have used the Fusion Velcro on several projects with Excellent results! I found it several months ago and I love it! Just be sure to follow directions for the length of time and to apply the iron on the BACK side.

  4. Wheat — August 21, 2007 @ 8:05 am

    So this means I get to say “I Told You So”

    Looking forward to Mirada
    – – – – –
    Yes, Wheat. You are the ‘…heard about it more than a year ago…’ reference.  Joan

  5. Jennifer — August 21, 2007 @ 9:10 am

    Joan, I am so excited to meet Miranda. Since it’s my birthday on Monday, I’ll quietly consider it my own personal birthday present (teehee). Thanks for keeping us lazies interested in something productive!
    ~~Jennifer

  6. Jen Buettner — August 21, 2007 @ 9:24 am

    I’ve had great luck with the Fabric Fusion Velcro on single & double layers of fabric. It does not work on multiple layers. I tried attaching a few to the flaps of Sassy Bags that had warm and natural and ended up hand sewing them on.

  7. Karen Lothrop — August 21, 2007 @ 12:07 pm

    I have used it on a wonder wallet. I put it on something else too. It seems to stay stuck I really like not having to stitch through it. My sewing machine like thickness and it will make hair balls.

  8. Kali — April 13, 2008 @ 7:37 pm

    OMG you guys saved my fingers with this velcro sticky stuff! Thanks a million

  9. Shirley — November 19, 2009 @ 6:37 pm

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your website since I signed up. I’m really a tailor and quilt maker, but finally decided to try one of your bags. Found “Sassy” at the fabric shop and went for it. Of course, it didn’t turn out as I had planned. When I turned it all right side out I had the funky Betty Boop fabric with a striped pocket on the back of the bag instead of as the lining as I had planned. I even had your video with Kaye Wood to follow. Had a good laugh over my results. I wonder where I went wrong. It’s still cute as a bug, but not what I wanted. I’m going to make one of them for each of my 7 granddaughters for Xmas gifts. Keep up the good work and may the creative god remain with you.
    Shirley

  10. Sarah — September 2, 2010 @ 5:04 pm

    Does the velcro fabric fusion work on Felt?

  11. Sharon — October 14, 2010 @ 1:44 pm

    I just found this blog. I am wondering if this velcro works on yarn garments I want to crocket my chihuahua a sweater and have it close with velcro. Velcro closer’s work so good on your little friends.
    Sharon

  12. Carol — October 15, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    Hi can you tell me if this would be suitable for putting on baby wraps, I am gathering the loop is the soft piece you iron on and how does the rougher piece attach to fabric

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