As a quilter and crafter, I’ve tried the more traditional ways to stabilize my fabrics – using spray starch and using Best Press. So, when I was asked to try out Terial Magic, I wasn’t sure how excited I would be. Spoiler alert: I was VERY excited!
Terial Magic is a liquid that comes in a spray bottle. It works a little different than starch or best press. You spray it on your fabric, wring out the fabric, allow it to dry somewhat, then iron.
I started by spraying the Terial Magic on a couple pieces of red fabric. It smelled a little like shampoo, and feels a little like a diluted conditioner. So, not at all unpleasant to the senses. It was so easy to use, that I dug some more fabric out of my scrap bin, and went to town!
The instructions say to allow the Terial Magic to sit for 15 minutes. I waited more than 30, and it could have waited even longer. The pieces that were draped over the sides of the tub were nicer to iron than those laying at the bottom of the tub.
When ironing, I was very worried about the Terial Magic gunking up the bottom of my iron, or (even worse), getting scorch marks on my fabric. Anyone who has ever stiffened fabric with spray starch has cried when they iron just a little too long, scorching the fabric. I didn’t have any of these issues when using the Terial Magic on quilting cottons (keep reading for the issues I had with felt).
On the fabric that was more damp, the iron didn’t glide easily. It would stick to the soleplate of the iron. But, it was easy to get off, and I didn’t have any scorch marks.
Once the fabric was ironed, it was slightly stiffer than a piece of copy paper – not quite as stiff as cardstock. It was like adding a fusible stabilizer or interfacing, without the added bulk. It was stiffer than using Best Press. The stiffness was comparable to using a heavy spray starch – but the stiffness was completely uniform – which is hard to achieve with spray starch.
The first thing I wanted to do with it was try a little origami. So, I whipped up an origami box. Though the fabric didn’t crease quite like paper, the box came out great. However, for a design that needs sharp crease lines for perfect orientation, you might need to use a bone folder to make sure you get deep creases.
Next, I thought I’d get a little crafty, using stiffened fabric to whip up a flower. Again, it worked great!
As a quilter, I wanted to try it for quilting. I’m most careful about stiffening fabrics when making mini quilts. Tiny blocks, especially triangle blocks which are stitched on the bias, get out of whack so easily. And on small pieces, 1/8″ is enough to keep points from lining up. I made a teeny quilt… with the best results I’ve ever had on a quilt this small.
Not every point was perfect – but many were spot-on. And even those that were off were only off by a few threads. Which is remarkable when you consider that each block is only one inch finished. The entire quilt (with borders) measures just 6″ x 7″. It can fit in your hand! Now I need to figure out how to quilt and bind something this tiny!
Lastly, I had a lot of scraps of stiffened fabric, and thought I’d make a banner. I cut pieces into triangles, and hot glued them to a length of ribbon. This super simple banner was easy to make, and no fraying at all!
I did try the Terial Magic on felt. I left it to dry for over an hour, then began to iron. As I ironed, the Terial magic formed dandruff-like flakes on the felt. These were brushed away easily, but did make a mess. Some also got caught in the steam holes of the iron. Those were also easily removed, and none of them burned or created scorch marks of any kind on the fabric.
I ironed each piece of a long time, but they were so saturated with Terial Magic, that the didn’t fully stiffen. In the end, I had to leave them to dry overnight, then iron them. This worked, and gave me stiff pieces of felt – about as stiff as cereal box cardboard. I’m not sure yet what I’ll make with them… do you have any crafts you’d make with stiffened felt?
I was very happy with the results I got using Terial Magic, and think it is a great product for both quilters and crafters who like to create with fabric. It creates stiffened fabric that will not fray, and can be used in a variety of differnt ways. I absolutely love that it does not scorch or burn. The only downside is that you do have to let the product dry in the fabric for 15-45 minutes before you can iron it and use it. But if you’re patient, it is well worth it.
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