The magic of Stitch-n-Steam by Jean Boyd March 15, 2018 written by Jean Boyd March 15, 2018 681 Yesterday I showed you to finish up the ellie mae tote bag using leftover pieces from another quilt project and HeatnBond fusible fleece as part of the lining. My version of the ellie mae Pretty Pieced Purses pattern Today I’ll show you another very versatile product – Stitch-n-Steam by Unique. The package contains 1 piece of polyester fabric 18″ x 62″. Stitch-N-Steam is a steam activated product, designed to add texture to fabric. After steaming, fabrics will shrink approximately 30%. Stitch-n-Steam by Unique Before using the Stitch-N-Steam in a project, I wanted to do some test samples just to see how this product works. I chose small pieces of a variety of fabrics – cotton, part of a pre-printed panel, a pre-printed stripe, multi-colored stripe fabric and a piece cut from a wool sweater. The squares are about 10″ but you have to remember that they will shrink about 30% and will be about 7″ when finished. Fabric samples ready to stitch on Stitch-n-Steam When using Stitch-N-Steam, you start by cutting a piece the same size as the fabric you want to texturize. Pin the Stitch-N-Steam to the wrong side of the fabric, then start stitching a grid. You can stitch on the Stitch-N-Steam or on the fabric you want to texturize. You can draw a grid as a guide for stitching or just use the width of your sewing foot or a design line on the fabric as a guide. You’ll get the best results by stitching lines about ½” – ¾” apart. I also tried a variety of threads – light-weight, heavy-weight and variegated. Metallic thread would also give a nice effect. You can use a straight stitch or a simple decorative stitch like a serpentine stitch. Here are some of my stitching samples. Stitching completed on fabric and Stitch-n-Steam Stitching completed on Stitch-n-Steam and part of an old wool sweater After the stitching is done, you apply steam from your iron to the Stitch-N-Steam and then the magic happens! Don’t let your iron touch the fabric – just hold it about 1″ above the Stitch-N-Steam and watch the texturizing appear. Hold a steam iron over the Stitch-n-Steam and it shrinks to create a textured fabric. Come back tomorrow and I’ll give you some ideas for using Stitch-n-Steam and texturized fabric in a project. This is part 4 of 5 in this series. Go back to part 3: Finishing the ellie may tote bag Go to part 5: Using Stitch-n-Steam texturized fabric in your projects [shareaholic app=”follow_buttons” id=”23735596″] Print this page or save as a PDF 0qs198ellie maegutermannheatnbondnotionspatternsstitch n steamthreadsunique FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Jean Boyd Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past several years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts. previous post Finishing the ellie may tote bag next post Using Stitch-n-Steam texturized fabric in your projects YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... The trick to quilting for texture | Double... Create texture with thread painting and invisible thread... How to applique houses and landscapes with HeatnBond HeatnBond EZ Print Lite makes printing out applique... Quilt a table topper for all seasons –... An easy way to make an embroidered wall... 7 simple steps to lovely wool applique |... How to transfer designs to fabric | DMC... 6 easy steps to add glamour to your... 4 comments Pam August 21, 2018 - 12:22 pm Oh what fun! Thanks for introducing this. I can see all kinds of uses in art quilts, bags, and garments! Reply Jean Boyd August 21, 2018 - 1:08 pm It’s a great product. Hope you enjoy using it! Reply Gloria Sund March 18, 2018 - 4:48 pm I have used Stitch-n-Steam and it is amazing. I was surprised the first time I used it, how simple it was to use. Reply Linda Cartweight March 15, 2018 - 11:03 pm This is an awesome product. I need to find some. Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.