By Barbara from Moorpark, CA
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The ironing trick works! I had a whole wooden chest of upholstery samples I couldn't use because of the paper and they are all paper-free now! Time to make some dollhouse furnishings, pillows, and quilts. :)
I have been given tons of fabric samples too.
Removing the paper backing is very easy with a hot (old) iron.
Set the iron on very hot and iron on the paper backing.
After one or two seconds: peal of the paper.
Repeat when required.
Desiree (from the Netherlands)
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I have been given a ton of beautiful upholstery fabric sample books, but they have paper backing around the edges of the fabric. I would like to remove the backing if possible to maximize their use (especially the 100% silks). Any ideas on how best to do it?
By the way, I plan to make bags, quilts, and dolls clothes.
Kylie from Melbourne, Australia
* You really only have 2 choices: Either "soak" the paper off or "cut" the paper off. (01/27/2008)
I did the following and it came out like brand new and I was able to then sew on my new patches in the right places.
Soak in small amount of detergent and warm water. I use my kitchen sink and about 1/4 the amount of liquid laundry detergent I would use in the washer. Saturate item thoroughly and do not wring out. Let it sit for approximately 15-30 minutes. Use a nylon scrub brush (the ones with a grip handle on top used to clean floors, etc.) and scrub the backing/paper off in circles. It may take several times and a lot of elbow grease, but it should eventually come off.
Once the backing/paper is off, if there is any remaining glue, repeat the process. I also used the back of a very dull knife to slightly scrap some of the glue off that the brush would not remove. You can't tell that there was ever anything on the shirt and it looks brand new. Hope this helps.
How do you remove the paper backing from upholstery samples?
By Amy from Valpo, IN
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