How To Make Home Decor Fabric Not So Stiff

How do you make a fabric ribbon stiff?

I wrapping a gift for a friend's wedding, I am doing a helix bow but the fabric ribbon i am currently using is too soft.I need it to be stiff after i have arranged in on the present and retain its shape! I have heard of people using starch to make a ribbon stiff but can that be used when wrapping presents? If so how to I go about doing it?

Using home decor fabric for clothing?

The problem with home dec fabrics is that they are quite stiff and generally unsuitable for a dress. They could be used for a jacket, where the drape is different. However, this type of fabric is not as washable as something that is designed to be made into a dress. I really think by the time you have bought the fabric and mailed it, you won't be saving any money. If you are not a seamstress, you won't be able to look at the fabric content and know whether the fabric you have chosen will work well in your dress. Send the seamstress pictures of the type of patterns you like and ask her to choose a suitable dress weight fabric for you.

Pleating tape was created especially for this purpose.  You only have to sew the tape onto the head of the drape -- just flat sewing, nothing fancy.The tape has a row of vertical pockets where you now insert special hooks, which create the pleats.  The hooks are then attached to little rings or rollers that slide along the curtain hardware -- the bar that goes over the stage (or window).This will create the large pleats you are looking for.  Although the header has three small pleats created by the metal hook, these resolve into a single deep wave as the fabric falls to the hem.  The longer the fall, the more this tendency is evident. There are a few different kinds of pleating tape, so ask at the store to see samples so you can choose the one you like best.A reverse pleat is more dramatic and less fussy-looking.   The bunched up folds at the head of the curtain will protrude towards the back of drape.Reverse pleatsHow to Pleat Drapes and What Kind of Pleating Tape to UseDestashification Challenge:  Drapes from 2,000 miles away...

Few could hold up the list to make a cheap entry into your home.Rayon:You can use rayon for the replacement of silk. It will give a nice overlook to the room. It may be wrinkled easily, but will not be a major topic of discussion. You can obviously go with rayon.Silk:It is a delicate fabric will get the responsibility to enrich the decoration of your room. It would be the popular choice, most of the people used to get this kind of fabric for consideration for the décor. The shiny and soft texture is a notable case.Cotton:This is something highly durable when compared to other fabrics on the list. It is also a popular choice among the people. It is also light and cheap to buy. I used my Independent villas in Porur to look beautiful with this.Nylon:This is a versatile fabric in the ramp. They are resistance to tear and wear, and also hold on the fading for a longer time. It holds the colours strongly, and pure to blend with the other fabric or colour.Polyester:They are used in the curtains, widows, and pillows mostly. It is wrinkle free, so no problem to stress about it. It can be used in many places and blends easily with any.Leather:It looks good in the interior. It can suits well with the chair and sofa cover. Leather always makes attention than other fabrics. The main precaution is, it can be ruined by water, direct sunlight. So be careful and take care.So the above listed will give a nice look in your rooms.

How can I sew flimsy fabric to stiff fabric on a 1950's sewing machine?

I am making a skirt that has two types of fabric. soft/stretchy/flimsy, and stiff/firm/easy to work with......I try to sew the two together and as I hold the fabric tight and strait to make a strait seam the softer fabric usually ends stretching out past the stiff fabric....or bunching up because I didn't stretch it out enough. I don't have a machine that does zig zags or anything's very simple. Should I keep it stretched as much I can so it won't bunch and cut the access off? Or should I use some interfacing or fabric stabilizer to make the fabric easier to work with?

What is a stiff fabric that holds its shape well?

There are various fabrics that are stiffer than others, but many people who make flowers also stiffen the fabric themselves in one way or another.

Many fabrics can be stiffened with "fabric stiffeners" (like Aleene's) or with home made stiffeners like diluted permanent white glues (Elmers GlueAll, for example), and even fabric starches, etc. Liquid polymer clay has also been used.**
Or they can have various iron-on interfacings put on their backs.
Or they can be treated after shaping instead of beforehand.

(... click on FABRIC STIFFENING, under "Clothing"
...also look under WINGS > Non-Caned for using silk pongee with liquid clay, with silk flowers, etc.)
(... click on FABRIC, then scroll down a bit)


Diane B.

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What can I do to make the fabric on my jeans less stiff?

fabric softener is ur best bet
if u use snuggles or tide s new simple pleasures
snuggles would be ur best one since its reasonably priced
the new tide simple pleasure is really good on new jeans if ur willing to pay a few more dollars

before started wearing them, throw them into the wash.
then just before the rinse cycle u pour the fabric softener into the agitator .
once the wash is done, don't throw ur jeans into the dryer , just let it dry naturally. u can hang them on the clothes line
if ur going to use the hangers, use the 'hips ' to fit in and leave one belt loop on the 'hook' so it won't fall down don't put in ur closet til its completely dried
its not only leaves a scent smell but also leaves ur jeans soft and easy to put them on without feeling stiff
word of caution
don't use the 'fabric softener sheets' they leave ur jeans feeling stiff and ' waxy '
some of the fabric softeners are harsh on the jeans
u may need to try ' error and tried' method to find what makes ur jeans feels comfortable and not so ' stiff like'
hope this will help u a bit

What can you use to harden fabric?

You can buy special products like Stiffy, etc. at fabric stores for stiffening fabric, or you can make the same basic stuff yourself with "white glue" thinned with water (to make it brushable, and self-leveling).
You can use any type of "white glue," including yellow wood glue, but your easiest and cheapest would be plain old Elmer's GlueAll (don't get a "washable" "school" glue... it needs to be a permanent glue).
These will look milky when applied, but will dry clear... and you can use more than one layer if you let each dry thoroughly first. Depending on the shape you want, you can saturate the cloth, then wring it out and drape or shape it before drying, or you can brush it on, one or both sides (esp. if it's a second coat).
(Those glue products will generally be stronger and/or stiffer than starches or sugar-water solutions, which will also work though).

You could also use other clear acrylics (water-based) liquids too like finishes for wood (polyurethane, etc.), clear acrylic fingernail polish, and acrylic "mediums" for acrylic paint, as well as other things like 2-part epoxy resins, etc., (which will all be really hard, but be more crackable if stressed?) and even things that need to be heated to cure like liquid polymer clay or clear embossing powder. These are clear from the start, but aren't sold as glues... they're just adhesive in addition to whatever they're primary purpose is.

OTOH, I think that most materials "sold as glues" that are clear when you buy them (as opposed to drying clear) are solvent-based, so may make fabrics bleed, be hard to apply smoothly, and not particularly good for lungs, etc.


Diane B.