Tips for Sewing with Waterproof PUL – Polyurethane Laminate

PUL-Fabric-Flare-FabricsPUL – or Polyurethane Laminate is a soft, waterproof fabric that most people think of as fabric perfect for the outside of cloth diapers. And while that is true, for me, PUL is perfect for the lining of bags – cosmetic bags, diaper bags, lunch bags, yoga bags, swim bags, essential oil bags – any bag where you carry items that spill, leak, squish, spoil – and so you know you’ll want to clean it easily.

I was pretty excited when I found the selection of PUL fabric we just brought into the store. I’m already experimenting and planning my next project.


Polyurethane laminate (PUL) is a compound fabric made by laminating a cloth fabric to a thin film of polyurethane. The top fabric is a lightweight polyester interlock knit fabric and the back is a 1 mil thick film of polyurethane. These two components are bonded together into a single fabric using a combination of heat, pressure, and adhesive.


Sewing with PUL is easy once you get the hang of it – but it is different than cotton. Here are a few tips:

Do not prewash 

As PUL does not shrink, there is no need to prewash. You can also leave cut edges unfinished; it will not unravel or fray.

Do not use pins

Pins leave holes in the fabric, negating the waterproof features of PUL. Wonderclips are perfect for PUL (along with vinyl, leather, cork!). Try hair clips, binder clips, or washable glue sticks.

Use a Ball Point Needle

Use a Jersey or Ball Point Needle. These needles are used for sewing on knits and stretchy fabric; the rounded tip allows the needle to pass between the fabric threads by separating them. If you use a regular point needle you’ll poke sharp holes in the fabric. It will also result in skipped stitches and fabric damage, causing it to curl. Use a small needle diameter: 70/11, 75/11 or 80/12.

Use polyester thread to prevent wicking

Your thread should be 100% polyester. Make sure it is NOT cotton coated polyester – this can leads to moisture wicking along the seam line.

Sew with the coated side against the feed dogs

The laminate side of the fabric can stick to your presser foot. Sew PUL with the laminate side down. If you must sew laminate side up (for instance when making a wet bag), use a teflon foot, a walking foot, or lay thin paper over your seam.

No need to “heat seal”

It is not necessary to “seal” the seams of PUL items in a hot dyer prior to use, and this practice could potentially damage your fabric.

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Deal of the Week for Jan. 30 – Tendril Blush Batik at $10/yard

Blush Tendril Batik by Robert Kaufman

Deal of the Week: Save $5 yard

Finding light batiks is always a challenge – which is why we couldn’t resist this delicate, light and lively collection by  Lunn Studios for Robert Kaufman.

Until Sunday, Feb 6, pay only $10 yard – a savings of $5/yard!

Spring isn’t that far away – and this fabric is calling for me to make a light and flowing sleeveless tank top!

What would you make?

~ Marlene

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Jan 20 #FlareFabricsTGIF giveaway – 4 bluey batik fat quarters

Jan20FlareFabricsTGIFIt’s time for our Friday giveaway!

Our Jan 20 #FlareFabricsTGIF giveaway is 4 batik fat quarters from such great fabric manufacturers as TImeless Treasure, Benartex and Robert Kaufman.

The Jan 20 colour selection are blue winter hues – reminding me of snow, ice and rain plus dreamy southern skies!

To enter our draw, head to our Facebook page and post a comment. Have a great weekend and we’ll announce the winner Monday.


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Creative Grids Ruler Club – Still time to Sign Up for the 6″ Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool

Rainbow Swirl Pattern

Rainbow Swirl – January’s FREE pattern for Club Members

It’s not too late to register for our Creative Grids Ruler Club and get a great deal on the Creative Grid 6″ Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool!

I love this ruler – sew straight lines but the end result is curves! What could be better?

Creative Grid Rulers are top of the line – made in the U.S. their trademark exclusive gripper dots really hold the fabric in place. No Slipping.

Creative Grid 6" Curvey Log Cabin Trim Tool

January’s Creative Grid Club Selection – Save 15%

Create the illusion of curves with this 6 inch version of our popular Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool.  Mark the wrong side of the center square through the holes on the ruler to ensure a perfect seam allowance. Then sew a round – two narrow strips and two wide strips and trim. Add two more rounds to complete a perfect 6 inch finished block. Sew four blocks together to “piece” a circle which finishes to 12 inches.

Creative Grids provides fantastic instructions, story boards and videos – and all  will be available on our website for support.

To join the club, and receive your 6″ Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool by the end of January, just register online by Friday, January 20 and we’ll take it from there. You save 15% by becoming a CLUB member, plus a FREE pattern, Rainbow Swirls, to use with your new ruler.

Happy January!



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Tips for Sewing with Flannel

ComfyflannelsWinter is HERE! Cold weather means cozy quilts – and what’s better to cuddle up with than warm, cozy, soft flannel? But quilting and sewing with flannel can be tricky – it doesn’t behave like your standard quilting cottons. So here are some tips for working with flannel.

  1. Buy more fabric than you think you will need – at least 1/4 yard more. Flannels shrink and fray more than traditional quilting cotton when washed and dried.
  2. If pre-washing, use mild detergent and no bleach. To minimize fraying, put your flannel inside a large pillowcase and pin shut.
  3. Dry on a high setting to get maximum shrinkage (better before than after you’ve sewn your project!). Add a large bath towel into the dryer – this helps prevent twisting and minimizes wrinkles and creases. Don’t overdry though.
  4. If your project is a quilt, choose a simple design, with large, uncomplicated blocks. Avoid sewing with tiny pieces.
  5. Flannel has more stretch than quilting cotton so PRESS, don’t iron. Also you can spray starch before cutting. This not only helps prevent stretching, but also helps any slide and possible fraying. Handle your flannel with care.
  6. Larger flannel pieces make it easier to control stretching, so again, choose a simple quilt pattern.
  7. Now is the time to use your large (60mm) rotary cutter!
  8. Use a new, sharp needle, size 12/80
  9. Increase your stitch length to 3 (12 stitches/inch). A shorter stitch length can add a stretch the flannel and makes it harder to pull out a seam if you make a mistake 🙂
  10. Do not use steam when pressing. (Remember – don’t IRON!)
  11. Clean your bobbin area often. Flannel leaves a lot of lint behind.
  12. As flannel is a heavier weight than quilting cotton, use a low-loft batting. 
  13. If you are machine quilting, use a longer stitch length.
  14. For hand quilters, use perle cotton.
  15. You’ll need a slightly wider strip for binding to compensate for the weight of flannel. Cut at least 2.5 in. wide for a French fold (or double fold) binding.

What can you make with flannel?

Clothing such as scarves, baby layettes, shirts, pajama pants, jacket lining, nightgowns, bathrobes
Blankets! Just think of cuddly baby receiving blankets or as backing of fleece blankets. Rag quilts.
Bedding such as for cribs or entire bed sets. It’s incredible snuggly for winter!
Baby bibs, burb cloths
Dog beds, blankets.
Stuffed animals and other plushies



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Deal of the Week: Save 33% on Lecien Isso Ecco & Heart 2016: Flowers Pink/Red, Oxford Weight

Jan 2 Deal of the Week

Check out our newest Deal of the Week – Lecien Isso Ecco + Heart Flowers – for only $10 yard. That’s a savings of $5 on this gorgeous oxford/canvas weight, 100% cotton fabric, perfect for bags, totes, purses, pillows and other home decor items.

33% savings until Sunday, January 8 at midnight, EST.

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