toymaking + interfacing what, why, how

It's true. The world of interfacing can be a little bit overwhelming. There are so many options! The right one can really make a project but the wrong one can be a real pain in the you know what.

So when it comes to toy-making, I'm kind of fussy about the interfacing. 

I want a robust finish AND a beautiful finish

I want a toy that can be {actually} played with. Not too much to ask, right?

So what do I use? There are a couple I like to use, depending on the project.


In general, my go-to brand is Birch 'Shape to Create' Fusible Interfacing Woven (sky blue label). For Australians, you should be able to find it at Spotlight. It's sold off the roll and feels like a light cotton fabric. 

Pellon SF101 Shape Flex is another brand that works well for my runabout toy projects. 

Simply follow the instructions that accompany the interfacing and Bob's your uncle.

I'm not actually sure how long this interfacing has been on the market. All I know is I've been longing for this exact product for many years. My work-around has always been vliesofix and cotton sheeting (kind of tedious, yes). So whoever invented this interfacing... thank-you.

It provides just the right amount of structure for these runabout toys without feeling cardboard-stiff. It works well with cotton too, including vintage sheets if you like to upcycle. 

Of course, if you opt for a canvas style fabric like cotton duck or drill, you can omit the interfacing (they have enough structure on their own).


I don't use non-woven interfacing a whole lot but for my Classic Hobby Horse Pattern, I like a sculptured finish, especially for the ears. 

I usually use a fusible iron-on (not sew-in), light-medium weight. 

But a woven fusible (as outlined above) works well too so if that's something you already have on hand, it's a very suitable option. 

So there you go! 

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