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Thread: Question regarding folded candle mats

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    Question regarding folded candle mats

    I want to make some folded candle mats for Christmas gifts. Can anyone help me with information regarding the weight of fusible interfacing that works the best?

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    The folded candle mats are they the dresden plate type? If so what I have found is that they don't use light interfacing. It uses that pellon 71f. Its very stiff craft materials. I use alot of it for the bottoms of purses and freezer bags to keep them stiff. You should be able to find it at your local craft store.

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    No it would be the Origami type. You are right 71F is way to stiff to fold.

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    Here's a you tube that might help you. She used a medium weight fusible for hers.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzGiC6SzelM

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    The one who does the patterns recommends the fuseable foam, but I think it leaves them too stiff.

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    I used the 71f for mine and it worked better than the foam in my opion

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    Do you mean the fold n' stitch wreaths? If so, I make and sell them and I prefer the lighter weight. I use 950 and it is light enough to easily turn and topstitch. It is also soft enough to fold the wreath away for storage. If crunched in storage, I simply steam them back in shape. If you wanted them a bit stiffer, you could use the 950 on both pieces. I originally tried a thicker one and it was just too difficult for small turns and too thick.

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    Thank You Ladies for all the suggestions. Headed into town tomorrow, will look at interfacings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DACO48 View Post
    No it would be the Origami type. You are right 71F is way to stiff to fold.
    I have used the 71 F in most of my wreaths and I like it best because the wreath keeps a nice crisp shape. The ones I made with a softer interfacing kind of sag a bit if they are handled too much. Yes, the 71F is a bit difficult to turn right side out, but I feel itís worth it in the end.
    The Easter version has 71F, and the Watermelon has the softer interfacing. You can see a slight difference between them in the pictures, as the watermelon has a softer look, but the Easter is much crisper. Maybe you should try a sample and see which way you like it. Have fun!
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