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« on: November 10, 2010 10:50:16 AM »

Haallooo!!

So for my first stenciling project ever, I'm trying to create a bag for a friend for a swap we're in. I found the perfect bag, but the problem is, it's made out of that polyester stuff that they pass off as "satin." Very durable, like a reusable grocery bag, but slick and shiny.

So I'm at a bit of a loss. I'm worried about using freezer paper because I'm pretty sure ironing this stuff is a bad idea. I also don't know what sort of paint I should use. I can't imagine that acrylic would be a problem - the bag is hand-wash only. But I'm not sure.

Has anyone else tried to stencil on a polyester bag before? I don't wanna mess it up.  Undecided
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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2010 11:31:11 AM »

Hello Smiley I was just wondering if the bag had the instructions on how to wash it... Fabrics paints need to be heat set for durability... so you'll want to see if the bag can be placed on a high heat setting in the dryer before you proceed.
You can iron some polyester fabrics on a really low setting, but usually it's not advisable.
Other than freezer paper, I love using contact paper (the stuff that they sell for kitchen drawers and cabinets) on some fabrics... You have to be careful with it though, because it will allow bleeding on certain fabrics, which is icky, but if the bag had a hidden area to do a small test on it or something, that may help you decide whether to use it or not...
Maybe if we could get a little bit more detail on the fabric details we as a community can better help you out on this project and get you the best answers for your questions! Smiley
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