so I have used laminates made in factories, I sell some! I have tried silicone over paper. I now give you a brief ho to on laminating your OWN fabric!
You saw this morning that I had a nice beginning to my hand printing adventure. I thought it would be fun to laminate it and see what you can do with one fat quarter.
to start with you need some Therm O Web iron on vinyl coating. (buy therm o web)
it is only a 17″ wide roll, so if you are desperate to cover an entire yard there will be overlap. Having used this before I do not like the overlap. So I covered almost a fat quarter.
you can see the line on the edges where the vinyl didn’t go all the way.
the directions come on the package, but I thought I would add some troubleshooting.
I use as hard a surface I can. In this case I put a towel down over one of my craft tables. I set my iron at the lowest point of the “high” marker I can and turn off my steam. then I covered the vinyl with a piece of parchment and just kept it moving. I checked it every so often to make sure I didn’t have bubbles.
there were some questions on the BPA/ carcinogen aspect of heating plastics on my facebook link so I thought I would quote and link:
“…Their testing showed the Heat ‘n’ Bond Iron-On Vinyl contained no BPA or lead content. However, it does utilize a plasticizer, DIDP, and even though this Phthalate is not banned by the government, as a precaution, the company does suggest iron-on vinyl not be used on items that are specifically meant to be chewed on or sucked on by children…” – See more at: http://www.sew4home.com/tips-resources/sewing-tips-tricks/oh-baby-fabriccom-how-turn-any-fabric-laminate-iron-vinyl#sthash.c8V2zXmj.dpuf