By Annie’s Soft and Stable. another favorite interfacing.... once I sewed with it, I felt like the difference it makes is so substantial that I couldn’t not use it. It’s kind of amazing.
SF101 Shape-Flex is an all purpose woven
fusible interfacing, perfect for bags, wallets, and pockets. Use as a
single layer, double layer, or a stiffening layer between fabric and
This is my "go to" interfacing for bags and wallets because it fuses on so well, and leaves your fabric strong but pliable.
By fusing interfacing to every piece of the outside
of the bag you'll add a lot more structure and "OOMPH"
to the fabric.
Some fabrics won’t need it, but most medium-weight
or lightweight fabrics will benefit from it.
Bag Makers Buy Shape Flex by the Bolt! - it is one of essential items used constantly!
Actually, I use this interfacing in 2 layers. I will first fuse a layer
of Shape Flex against the wrong side of my fabric, and then follow up
with 2 layers of
Decor Bond. However, the Decor Bond I will cut
approximately 1/2″ small on all sides of the particular pattern piece,
to keep bulk out of the seam allowance.
Craft-Fuse - Probably my favorite of all the interfacings and I use it much more than any others combined for bags.
It’s much thinner than Peltex but when doubled up, can be just as
It creases easier and can be a little crinkly-feeling, but is
much cheaper and easier to sew than
Peltex. Because it is
thinner, you don’t need to trim off the seam allowances before fusing,
and it’s much easier to sew through.
For applications that don’t need to be
super stiff (like a bag lining), one layer of
Craftfuse is perfect. For
stiff bag exteriors, simply fuse two layers, one to the fabric, then
another over top.
Craftfuse is interchangeable with Decorbond 809.