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Removing Paper Backing From Fabric Samples

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


Water and Upholstery Fabric

Beware, a lot of upholstery fabric changes character when exposed to enough water. Upholstery fabric often has heavy sizing or treatments like Scotchguard on them to give them the proper furniture, drapes, and cushions feel and help them last and stay clean. If you wash it in soap and water it will look like regular washed cotton fabric, or worse still, a crinkled jumbled mess. The dyes may run in the silks as well. Just a heads-up of what may (or may not) happen, and also should be considered when deciding to make a washable project.

By purrplekat

Use an Iron

I have great success using an iron. Just enough heat to loosen the glue and it peels right off.

By jlin

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