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Thread: dryer sheets applique technique

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    I've seen Eleanor Burns' method of using fusible interfacing for turning applique. I was wondering if anyone has tried used dryer sheets instead of the interfacing. I practiced on a heart pattern & it looks doable but was wondering if there is a negative to it. I understand it isn't fusible but I pinned it & it worked fine. The price is right!

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    I've done this (also with hearts) based on a tutorial I read here. It worked out really well. I didn't have any problems, but have read where you should soak your fabric softener sheets in water and kind of rinse them off as there may be greasy chemicals in them. I now have a big ol' stack of "washed" dryer sheets. :-)

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    i have used them for applique and ended up throwing my blocks out, the dryer sheet bled throw my fabric and stained ,but have heard other people have used thm with good results, guess its trial and error and maybe the brand, never used again but you are right it was very easy and is good recycable. good luck

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    The negative is the sheets should have been used 2 or 3 times. If there is fabric softener left in them they can leave greasy marks on the fabric.

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    Yes, make sure that they are well rinsed, they can stain some fabrics as there is an oil in them that is released in the dryer. You can even feel it on some straight out of the box :wink: :D:D:D

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    how stupid of me not to think about rinsing them first, duh now ill have to try it again.thanks for the tips

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    I forgot to say that I had put the dryer sheet in a mesh bag & washed it before I tried it. Thanks so much for the info. & I think I'll try it on a real project.

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    Thanks for the info :thumbup:

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    Do they bleed/ stain if you use the "used" dryer sheets ? From the dryer one time ?

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    Thanks for the information about the dryer sheets! Good to know.

    Nonna - love your avatar!

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