Today i have a little trick for you that might just change how you feel about interfacing facings! Block fusing is one of those garment industry tricks that make home sewing so much more pleasant.I started Block Fusing my facings a few years ago, and i can’t imagine doing it any other way anymore, it’s a game changer in my opinion. What is it you ask? Block fusing is when you fuse interfacing to the fabric BEFORE you cut out the pattern pieces.
This is great because not only do you only have to cut out once (the fused fabric) rather than twice (the interfacing and the fabric separately), but i also find that it’s much much more accurate. Have you ever been in the situation where you cut out your fabric and interfacing, only to find that when you go to fuse them they are very slightly off? Something stretched out or you cut one the wrong direction or something silly? It’s even helpful with those slippery fabrics – once they’re interfaced they can be much easier to work with.
Block fusing is the solution my dears! Its super simple – all you have to do is figure out how much fabric you need for your facings, then cut out only that amount of fabric and interfacing. Head to your ironing board, and fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric. Now you can easily lay out your pattern pieces on stable already interfacing fabric, and cut it out only once. It’s a dream! I find this saves me time and frustration and greatly improves my accuracy.
I recommend this method in my Reef sewing pattern, but it works just as well for any pattern with facings that require interfacing. Give it a go, and let me know what you think – though i’m pretty sure that once you try it you will never turn back! Happy sewing babes!