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Kraft-Tex Ambassador

I'm so happy that you are interested in kraft-tex.  Kraft-tex is a new product from C&T Publishing that they describe as " rugged paper that looks, feels, and wears like leather, but sews, cuts, and washes just like fabric. kraft-tex is supple, yet strong enough to use for projects that get tough wear. This cruelty-free leather alternative now comes in six hand-dyed, hand-finished colors (Blue Iris, Greenery, Marsala, Orchid, Tangerine, and Turquoise) that bring exciting new texture and color to your craft-sewing projects, mixed-media arts, and bookmaking. This sumptuous surface is pre-washed, preshrunk, eco-friendly, color-fast, tear-resistant, and so much more."  On this page, you'll find each month's project for 2020 as well as tips and tricks to make working with kraft-tex easier.

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Tips and Tricks For Working with Kraft-Tex

  • Use size 14 needles in your machine
  • Set your stitch length to 3 mm it is paper so if you use too short of a stitch you could cut your fabric.
  • You can use steam and it helps a lot
  • Simple designs work best
  • Don't do a lot of seams. Kraft-tex is thicker than regular fabric and the bulk do get in the way.
  • Press seams open
  • Use a seam roller, see video below on how to use the roller
  • Allow yourself to think outside of the box
  • There is no ripping out so give yourself grace when working with kraft-tex

Rolling Seams

Getting the seams to lay flat was a bit of an exercise.  Pressing them to one side did not work because things got bumpy and wouldn't lay flat.  Pressing the seam open was better but not entirely flat either so I found a seam roller and married rolling and pressing with my iron.  You can see how I did it in the video below, just be sure to roll the seam on a hard surface.  Rolling it on my pressing station didn't work as well as walking the piece back to the table and pressing it.  Yes, I kept my Fitbit on because it is an arm workout and I should get to count that towards my workout goals! 

Projects with Kraft-Tex