There is a new fabric in town: Tyvek!
Have you already heard about Tyvek fabric? Or also called: Tyvek paper? It is the latest fabric and it is slowly entering the fabric world. As a seamstress you will be surprised if you have bought this 'fabric'. It looks like paper and comes in a roll! Help! Did I made a mistake with the order? No, you can do more with the fabric than you thought. You can sew and even iron the fabric or paper.
In this blog: What is Tyvek and what can you make from Tyvek fabric?
What is Tyvek?
Tyvek is made of very high density polyethylene non-woven fibres. It is 100% synthetic. It has features such as:
These properties make the fabric ideal for industrial applications and for the medical world. Especially in this time of a pandemic. Tyvek is available in different colors and looks a bit like recycled newsprint. It has a nice structure. However, Tyvek can also be printed and can be purchased in motifs. The printed Tyvek fabrics are still difficult to find. If you want to buy Tyvek fabric, type that name into Google with 'fabric' behind it. Some online fabric stores are already selling this fabric.
Sew with Tyvek fabric
You can make many things out of Tyvek fabric, but it is NOW used mainly in the medical world for protective clothing because of the anti-penetration of viruses. If you think you can make mouth caps out of it, wait a while. It could be, but the fabric is too stiff and will not be comfortable. The fabric is also a bit thicker than the material that current disposable paper face masks are made of. It is better to sew mouth caps from the fabrics that have been suitable for this for a long time.
You can sew many other things from Tyvek fabric:
You can of course also sew clothing such as rain capes or jackets from Tyvek. Tyvek can be cut, sewn, folded and even ironed.
Another big advantage: Tyvek is 100% recyclable!
Tips for sewing with Tyvek:
I made a large toiletry bag, a small container and a zippered envelope. All this was quite easy because Tyvek just feels like a bit of stiff fabric. But because you can fold it so easily, you have straight lines and you don't go wrong easily.
Before I cut out the patterns, I first quilted the fabric on a molton fabric. I did this because the inside is softer and which suddenly looks a lot less like paper. Quilting in straight lines was very easy. This is a great tip in case you want to start sewing with Tyvek; think carefully about the lining you will be using and how many layers of fabric you will need.
Tyvek is tricky to sew double-double. So forget the French seams, but finish the seams and seams with:
Do not use needles but miracle clips or sewing clips. This prevents unnecessary holes in the Tyvek fabric.
Quilting the fabric:
Sewing the small basket:
Modern times meets Vintage:
How to make a shopping bag with Tyvek fabric:
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