by Sewmum1 ( edited 21 Jul 2016 ) 20 Jul 2016

I made this shrink fabric applique linen tea towel at my local janome 500e club day.

It was my first attempt using the shrink fabric. I love how the fabric magically wrinkles up creating texture when it is ironed!The sheep design is from anitia gooddesign.

The original design had the pupils the same colour as the outline. I just stopped my machine when the outline was done and changed the thread so the lamb could have black pupils.

UPDATE: Well I didn't realise there would be so much interest! The shrinking fabric is called Heat n Shrink from Floriani, there is also another brand called texture magic from Superior.
I tried to add a link to a good video that shows what happens when you heat the fabric after stitching a pattern but it seems I cant. Just do a google search for heat n shrink and it will show up there. If you would like the link sent via pm just let me know ;)


by pldc 14 Aug 2016

nicely done

by raels011 14 Aug 2016

just looked for this and nearly $1000 for 15 metres from Floriani . would have liked to try it but not at that price

by brendalea 23 Jul 2016

So cute, Thank you for sharing. Happy Stitching!!

by lidiad 22 Jul 2016

That's gorgeous, well done!
Hugs, Lidia

by glob69 22 Jul 2016

very cute. I saw this technique done in a quilt shop near me. The owner used it on squares of beautiful floral fabrics and then made a purse out of it. It was gorgeous. I really like your sheep. hugs

by lucy12345 22 Jul 2016

Love the design. Good to know about heat n shrink!!

by eleen 22 Jul 2016

I saw the shrinking fabric a year or two ago at the Hatched in Africa trunk show. Love the design you used. It really makes the sheep stand out. Lovely.

by vickiannette 22 Jul 2016

Never ever heard of this fabric, looks great on the sheep.

by shirley124 21 Jul 2016

So cute. hugs

by peafarm 21 Jul 2016

I have about 5 or 6 pkgs. of Texture Magic but haven't used it yet. My friend just won a blue ribbon at county fair with her heirloom pillow which featured side panels using the stipple stitching on the fabric and Texture Magic. It is a lovely pillow. Never ever thought to use it as you have. What a cute idea on the sheep.

by pennyhal2 21 Jul 2016

This is the best use of texture magic I've seen! This would be a great gift for the people I herd sheep with. Fabulous project!!

by Tlmuntz 21 Jul 2016

I love your idea

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pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 21 Jul 2016

Welcome to the Board!

by noah 21 Jul 2016

Looking good hugs

by arlene 21 Jul 2016

I just love it. I never knew about this product. Thanks for the information.

by dragonflyer 21 Jul 2016

Very cute little Baa Baa! Great use of the shrink fabric! I have had a package of the Shrink Magic for 3 or 4 years...still in the package...perhaps I should pull it out and give it a whirl...

by lbrow 21 Jul 2016

Not familiar with the Shrink fabric but after looking at your sheep and the great job you did I will investigate it/Lillian

by carolpountney 21 Jul 2016

I bought some of this fabric some years ago when I was in SA I paid R110 for a piece 47 x 18 inches ( which was expensive for me at that time)its still in the wrapping. Try to google on the instructions it says that the stuff shrinks up to 30% and they give a shrink conversion eg if you need a piece 2 inches big then use a piece of shrink fabric 2 3/4inches. I saw this used In a quilt where the lady wanted a section of her art quilt to look like water. It was amazing

carolpountney by carolpountney 21 Jul 2016

Meant to say your little sheep also look amazing

Sewmum1 by Sewmum1 21 Jul 2016

Thanks for the conversion rate. Yes it is expensive. I only bought a small amount. I think it was $40/m here. That quilt sounds wonderful. I can imagine all sorts of projects to use it on now

by spendlove Moderator 21 Jul 2016

Excellent - must look out for some of that!

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by robertahilde 21 Jul 2016

Original and cute, good job!
Hugs, Roberta

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Sewmum1 by Sewmum1 21 Jul 2016

Thank you

by sandralane 21 Jul 2016

Beautiful work ,unusual material never heard of this. Where did you buy it and what is it called please? You have us all inspired , It sure has a great effect with this design. Glad you are having fun with your janome 5ooe, i just love mine and what it can do. The larger frames are magic you are able to combine so . much more into a design or multiply .. Sandra.

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Sewmum1 by Sewmum1 21 Jul 2016

I bought some from my local sewing shop half an hours drive away. I just couldn't resist!

by pennifold 21 Jul 2016

She looks baaaaatiful!!! Love Chris

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Sewmum1 by Sewmum1 21 Jul 2016

Thank you

by babash 21 Jul 2016

You have us all going now about the shrinking fabric. I personally have never heard of it so it is all new to me as well.
How lucky are you to have a Janome 500E club. My shop just closed her doors no notice seems her lease was up.

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Sewmum1 by Sewmum1 21 Jul 2016

What a shame about your local shop. Mine is half an hour away. But I still call it local.

by cfidl 21 Jul 2016

That is so cute! I think I would like to do something like this. So you shrink it and then use it for applique?

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Sewmum1 by Sewmum1 21 Jul 2016

Yes I have a design to use ith(it can also be done on the sewing machine) to make the textured design first on the shrink fabric with another layer of ordinary fabric over the top. You then remove it from the hoop and heat it. Then you can use the textured fabric for anything you like including applique embroidery

by crafter2243 Moderator 21 Jul 2016

Great look. So does the shrink fabric get wrinkled first and then used like fabric applique? Must be fun to watch.

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Sewmum1 by Sewmum1 21 Jul 2016

Yes you shrink it first then use it for applique. Sooo much fun. I could not help myself and buy some to do at home!