Unraveling the Mysteries of Interfacing

So, you've purchased a new bag pattern and it calls for interfacing, now what? Interfacing is used to add body to your project - clothes and bags alike! For the most part interfacing is a matter of personal preference. Do you want your bag to have structure and stand up on its own? Or, do you want it to be soft and drapable? There are fusible and non-fusible choices, woven and non-woven options and light weight fleece - all great for bag patterns! There is also a new-ish foam interfacing that now comes in fusible and sew-in options too! Did we scare you yet? =]

Fusible interfacings are generally our go-to choice.


    • They stay in place!
    • You can interface a large piece of fabric and cut pieces to save the time of interfacing them individually.
    • Woven interfacings drape well. (You do need to keep the grain straight as you would with your fabric).


    • Sometimes they just don’t stick as well as you'd like
    • Sometimes they can leave a bumpy look on the front of your fabrics.

To avoid these cons, when applying, I like to iron first on the interfacing side lightly just enough to get it sticking, then flip the piece over and iron on the fabric side until it is firmly stuck. Be sure to read the manufacturer's instructions on the heat settings!


This is what we used to make our bag patterns:

Shelby Satchel - Sassafras Lane Designs

Shelby Satchel

We used both Fusible Hair Canvas by Pellon and Fusible Fleece by Pellon to make our favorite iPad friendly travel satchel. 

Cooper CarryAll - Sassafras Lane Designs

Cooper Carry-All

This scrap and precut friendly tote bag uses both Fusible Face It Firm by Sew Lazy and Fusible Fleece by Pellon. The perfect amount of padding to lug around a laptop or school books!

Cassidy Crossover - Sassafras Lane Designs

Cassidy Crossover

This crossover purse uses Shape Flex Woven Cotton by Pellon to get a little bit of structure needed for everyday adventures.

Bubba Bowling Bag - Sassafras Lane Designs

The Daily Duffle

My favorite weekend getaway bag uses both Fusible Hair Canvas by Pellon and Fusible Fleece by Pellon to obtain it's round shape!

Bubba Bowling Bag - New Pattern from Sassafras Lane Designs

Bubba Bowling Bag

To make this quilted, structured bowling style bag we used Fusible Hair Canvas by Pellon, Fusible Face It Firm by Sew Lazy, Fusible Fleece by Pellon and Peltex for a stable base.

Teddy Tote - Sassafras Lane Designs

Teddy Tote

Fusible Face It Firm by Sew Lazy brings these grocery totes to life and reinforces them so you can stuff them full of goods!

These of course are just our suggestions based on our personal experience. We have worked with each of these interfacing and have had good consistent results, but there are lots and lots of options! Let us know what your favorites and go-tos are - it’s always good to have options! Thanks for stopping in!

February 06, 2017 by Kristy Wolf


June G

June G said:

Very informative. Thanks for sharing.

Sue Laufer

Sue Laufer said:

Great read. Thank you.

Karen Dimercuriodo

Karen Dimercuriodo said:

Do I need a lighter stabilizer for a tie quilt, many of them are silk ? I liked the info you gave me.

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