Fun with Texture Magic

Here’s a tote I made with Texture Magic (let’s call it TM for short). I made it using the Textured Tote and Accessories (44615) pattern. As I write this, there are 3 patterns I know of that call for TM, but I’m sure there will be more. It’s so much fun, and gives a wonderful look to any kind of project! A lady from Montanna who stopped by with her husband before the Notre Dame game here was so excited about it when I showed her, that she planned to incorporate it into an art quilt she was working on. It’s just starting to get popular and I’m sure we’ll see more and more ideas for it.

This is what the fabric looked like before and after grid quilting, which I’ll talk about in a minute. You can also use freemotion stitching, as in the other sample. Except for the grid, I did mine all on my Handi Quilter, so you can use a long arm machine or a domestic sewing machine.

It can be used with batting and fabric, or just fabric. If using batting, sandwich the batting between the TM and the fabric. If you don’t use batting, the “bumps” will be hollow. If you do, they won’t. For quilting, don’t use the batting unless all your pieces are textured. It’s optional with other projects.

You can use it for the whole outer fabric, as in the Textured Tote above, and the Humbug Bag (89278), or as just a part of the project, as in the Little Wallet (44262), the Texture Magic Tote (40893) and the Bubbly Babies (40894).

Here’s a hint for stitching a grid that occurred to me when I was doing the first tote. I had used painter’s tape before, rather than marking the fabric. This time I layered up three pieces, to make it thicker. I used a grid for the Textured Tote. To stitch it, I used Painter’s Tape.

I made it long enough to go across the fabric at a 45 degree angle as in the photo. (Yes, my Painter’s Tape happens to be purple like many other things I own!)

I use Viking and Bernina machines, and they both have a foot with a ledge in the center. Viking’s foot is called an “edge joining” foot and it’s available either metal or clear. Bernina’s is the #10 foot. I put on that foot, and nudged the needle just a scooch so I wouldn’t catch the tape, and stitched next to it. The foot followed easily because of the thickness of the layers of the tape! I moved the tape next to that line of stitching, and continued across. Then I did the same thing in the other direction.

Then comes the magic part! From the back, start steaming, not quite touching the TM although you won’t melt it if you do touch it. You’ll see it immediately shrink up!. It’ll curl, but you keep steaming, and it’ll smooth back out. My Velocity 100 Iron (45731) was fabulous for this! The fabric shrinks about 30% and it comes with a chart that tells you what size to start with for the desired end size.

You can try different freemotion stitches for different effects. I found that it wasn’t worth doing smaller feathers or intricate patterns because they don’t show up.

Larger blank spaces make larger “bumps” and smaller ones give more of a small, pebbly effect.

Warning- your cat will find your textured fabric no matter where you move it!

The inside of the tote called for a quilted lining, so I used this opportunity to practice a freemotion pattern I hadn’t done for a while!

Next week I’ll show you how easily I made the elasticized loop for the Textured Tote. The right tool makes everything easier!

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