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Using Stitch-n-Steam texturized fabric in your projects


Yesterday I showed you how to add some texture to fabric using Stitch-n-Steam by Unique.

After sewing the Stitch-n-Steam to the back of a piece of fabric, you just hold your steam iron about 1″ above the fabric and let the steam create the texture.


Stitch-n-Steam by Unique
Stitch-n-Steam by Unique


Here are the pieces that I texturized. The one on the left, with the printed flying geese was not as successful as the others. My stitching lines were too far apart and the end result would not work well in a project. It’s important to remember to keep stitching lines no more than 1″ apart.

The other samples are fine and could be used as part of any project.


Texturized fabric created by Stitch-n-Steam by Unique
Texturized fabric created by Stitch-n-Steam by Unique


If you’re going to use texturized fabric in a quilt, it’s best to keep the pieces at 6″ or less in size. You’re probably not going to quilt through this fabric, and it might become a little baggy after batting and backing have been added if the pieces are too big.

These pieces would work very well in a Fidget quilt. You can read about Fidget quilts in my QUILTsocial blog posts from January 30 – February 3, 2017.

These little quilts are made for those who have Alzheimer’s or dementia and they’re also used by children with developmental challenges. As Alzheimer’s victims progress through the later stages of this terrible disease, one of the last senses they have, and that they can really respond to, is touch. Their hands are restless and anxious, frequently tugging at their blankets or themselves. These quilts, with multiple textures, as well as objects to pull, zippers to zip, and other odds and ends to “fidget” with, help to soothe them and keep their hands occupied. The quilts aren’t very big – not more than 30″ square – so they’re just large enough to fit on someone’s lap.


Fidget quilt using several different fabric textures
Fidget quilt using several different fabric textures


I had some leftover pieces of this striped fabric and thought that it would look great for pockets on a tote bag. I stitched a sample piece with Stitch-n-Steam by Unique on the back.

I stitched in 2 different directions to see which one I liked best. I preferred the one where I stitched on the lines of the stripe. I had just enough to make 2 pockets for the outside of my tote bag. I used denim for the bag, webbing  for the handles and Stitch-n-Steam textured fabric for the pockets. There are also inside pockets.


Stitch patterns on the back of Stitch-n-Steam used with striped fabric and the resulting texture
Stitch patterns on the back of Stitch-n-Steam used with striped fabric and the resulting texture


You’ll have to wait for my next QUILTsocial blog posts later this spring to get the instructions for how to make this, but for now, here’s a sneak preview of the finished tote bag.


Tote bag using texturized fabric for pockets
Tote bag using texturized fabric for pockets


I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about some new products this past week, that aren’t always highlighted. These products are available in quilt and fabric shops everywhere. Have fun!


This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: The magic of Stitch-n-Steam

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.


  1. Jo

    Love the texture created here!

  2. MoeWest

    The striped fabric looks great as a pocket on the bag. I’m going to try this. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Christina Albers

    I need to experiment with this.

  4. Laura

    Thanks for telling me about this product. I have tried other versions of this kind of texturing product and am glad to find one more. Always nice to have lots of choice.

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