Today's popular laminated cottons start out as basic woven 100% cottons， which are then coated with a Phthalate-free laminate. They're ideal for any project where you want some waterproofing or the ability to wipe the finished item clean with a damp cloth. Think baby bibs， changing pads， raincoats， outdoor tablecloths， reusable shopping bagsaccent pillow case baby burlap decorative， and more. Many of your favorite fabric designers are adding laminate choices to their collections， giving you dozens and dozens of very pretty options to choose from. But sometimes， there's a specific print you can't find as a laminate； such as when you're using a very specific set of fabrics and want everything to match exactly. There's an easy way to make your own laminated fabric with iron-on vinyl. The most widely used product of this type， and the one we're using for today's tutorial， is Heat 'n' Bond by Therm O Web.？
Iron-on vinyl comes in thin sheets with peel-away backing paper. You can usually find it in two finishes： gloss and matte. It's similar to the clear vinyl contact paper you use for laminating paper items or lining shelves. But because you adhere the Heat 'n' Bond product with your iron， it's actually easier to use than contact paper.outdoor cushion covers
Heat 'n' Bond is designed for use on all fabrics， and if you use basic pre-washed cottons， you're going to be fine. Where you might find some challenges are with very thin fabric， material that doesn't iron out flat， fabric that melts if you iron it， or fabric with a nap or deep texture. The laminate has to be able to make contact with the entire surface of your material or you'll get bubbling.
This is what makes a basic cotton print ideal. You can iron it very flat at a high heat and it has enough bulk to support the layer of laminate.
The only real draw back is width. On a pre-packaged roll or on a bolt， the widest available option we found is 24". This makes it best for projects that work within this size， however， you can butt together two pieces or even overlap them slightly. In either case， the resulting "seam" almost (but never completely) disappears.？
We researched what safety studies had been done and found that Therm O Web (the makers of of Heat 'n' Bond) had tested their product for full compatibility with government safety regulations. Their testing showed the Heat 'n' Bond Iron-On Vinyl contained no BPA or lead content. However， it does？utilize a？plasticizer， DIDP，？and even though this Phthalate？is not banned by the government， as a precaution， the company does suggest iron-on vinyl not be used on items that are specifically meant to be chewed on or sucked on by children.
You should iron the Heat 'n Bond onto your fabric before you cut it out. Begin with a piece of fabric big enough to cut out your pattern piece(s). As with most projects， the material should be pre-washed so it doesn't shrink. However， if you're using an outdoor fabric with sizing and/or you know you're never going to wash the project you are starting， you are off-the-hook.
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