Have you sewn with laminate fabric? It is a useful fabric for raincoats, hats, bags, zippered pouches and more.Laminate is different to vinyl in that the underside is a cotton fabric and the top has a plastic coating. When sewing laminate, simple shapes work best. If you sew with the laminated side facing upwards, it can stick to the underside of the sewing machine foot. There are ways to combat this, such as using a teflon foot or sewing with greaseproof paper on top of the laminate that you tear away after sewing. I prefer to use bias binding on the edges so it glides through the machine with ease. I use Wonder Clips to hold the layers together. Avoid pins as they can leave holes in the laminate. You can find tips for sewing with laminated fabric over on Craftsy.
Radiant Girl, the cute, retro inspired fabric range designed by Koko Seki for Lecien Fabrics, features umbrellas, rabbits, hearts, flowers and more. It is now being released as a laminate fabric. I used this new fabric range to sew a couple of Mini Chef Aprons.
I based these mini chef aprons on some I made my daughter when she was a pre-schooler. She used to love to “help” in the kitchen and this style of apron is easy for little ones to pull on themselves , without any fiddly ties.
I made bias binding from the coordinating Radiant Girl cotton range. I love how the plaid fabric looks as a bias trim.
I love the pink rabbit laminate. It was a little tricky to photograph but there is actually little silvery glitter hearts on the laminate – so cute!
I added a piece of ribbon in the side seam as a little label.
Radiant Girl laminate will be released in Spring 2016.
Disclaimer: Thanks to Lecien Fabric for supplying the fabric used in this project.