Thursday, January 11, 2007

How I made "my cling wrap" fabric....

1. Lay out your cling (saran) wrap over top of some baking paper to protect the ironing surface. My wrap is red, courtesy of our lovely SueB.

2. Place bits and pieces of fabrics on the top of wrap so the surface is covered, and they overlap each other - doesn't matter if there's gaps here and there - that can be rectified in the next layer. I use mainly synthetic fabrics, but throw in some cotton/silk too. In this sample I have used a lot of netting and organza.

3. Turn your iron on to get hot - I use the hottest setting and my very oldest iron. See where I have taped it back together after I dropped it.....

4. Place another layer of cling wrap over the top, then some baking paper over that - then iron. Just keep an eye on how the layers are adhering - depends on how hot your iron gets. You only want it all to adhere. Doesn't matter if you get holey bits, that can be nice, or can be fixed up in the next layer.

5. Grab some more fabric, or threads or whatever you think might be nice, and start laying on the next layer. I used similar fabric as before, and if any bits needed toning down, added some sheer organza over the top of these. I also added some silk throwsters waste to give it some texture.

6. Place another piece of cling wrap over the top, cover with baking paper and iron again. Just keep ironing until you have it how you like. This is where you decide if you want another layer or not. With this piece I have just left it at 2 layers. I also turned it over and ironed the bottom too - just keep an eye on it when ironing.....





This is my finished piece!!!

19 comments:

Suzanne Earley said...

That is so cool! Thanks for the tutorial. Hmm. Something else to try.....

Kim said...

hmmm - well I'll be. It just all "melts" together!?

Linda said...

Dianne, what a great tutorial! I will have to try this next time I need an unusual fabric for a doll costume. Thanks for such a well written tutorial and sharing it!
Peace-
Linda

Chriss said...

Thanks for the tutorial, Dianne. I've been wanting to try this for a while, but have never got to it. Thanks for the inspiration (and the knowledge that cling film comes in colours -- who knew?)

Sue B said...

Thanks for sharing this Diane! What a cool technique.

Elizabet said...

Wow! Thankyou! Thats really cool! I shall add it to my folder of textile techniques!

Elizabet said...

Do you think UK cling film is thick enough for this?

Bente said...

Thank you very much Dianne. I have to try this. It's so fun, allways something new to play with.

Janet said...

Oh, my list of things to try just got a bit longer! Thanks for sharing this technique. It looks as if it could be loads of fun to create this kind of fabric.

Judy Scott said...

Di, brilliant idea cant wait to give it a go, he he ~ another kitchen product that no one will be able to find cause its in my room!!!!! along side the kitchen paper, baking paper, spatula's baking sheets/tins etc etc. Love Jude xxx

Carol said...

Thank you chicks, i loved this technique when you mentioned it before, lovely to see it in the flesh, all set out and easy for us all! Thanks again love carol T

Micki said...

Cool technique. Thanks for sharing. Will have to give it a try.

Doreen G said...

I have tried this technique and it can be machine stitched without any distortion-I think I did 4 layers.
I made a cover for a book.

downunderdale said...

what a great idea, Di - it's amazing how you forget things you have read - just as well we all have journals to write all these ideas down. Make a wonderful book cover or handbag!
Cheers
Dale

Angelcat said...

Thanks for a great tutorial, this is another thing I must add to my list of things to try for 2007!

MargaretR said...

Wonderful tutorial Dianne. I had heard of this, but never seen how it was done. Another thing to try. Any tutorials anywhere for making more time?

Conni said...

Thanks for this very cool tutorial - looks like fun!

Di said...

Dianne

Thank you for the tutorial. One question though (probably a stupid one!) but do you use normal, common or garden cling film or is there a special type you need to use?

fabric said...

Great idea and you explained it perfect. I am going to have to try this.