Inflatable Fabrics

Out of curiosity - does anyone know what kind of fabric is used for inflatable structures... like inflatable kites? At the same time -- how is it sewn to hold pressure? I'm curious because earlier I was thinking why inflatable tents (for say: camping) are not too common. I mean, it seems like a good idea. No poles and such to worry about -- just inflate and go. Any thoughts?

Posted by trebuchet03 12 years ago


Glow in the dark fabric

I dunno if u've seen the glow graffiti but it think its an awesome idea but not worth $50 http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/lights/b5ba/i just wanna take some fabric or canvas and make it glow in the dark... anyone know how i can do this?

Posted by orsinichris 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Painting on Fabric - What type of paint works best on fabric?

We are making backdrops for our school play. We put together a 30 foot framework out of PVC pipe and now are attaching the fabric. What is the best (yet relatively inexpensive) type of paint to use? The fabric is actually king sized flat sheets (200 thread count if that matters).

Asked by mperrin 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Using Old Upholstery Fabric

I have recently gotten hundreds of upholstery fabic samples. Each sample is about the size of a placemat. I think I could do something really cool with them but not sure what. Any ideas?

Posted by dorcaslee 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


fabric glue and gore-tex?

Greetings all, I just aquired a rather expensive hat,however, being the kind of person who reads instructables on a regular schedule, I want to improve it by adding several pieces of velcro, that I may attach various useful or decorative objects to it.I don't wish to sew it because,A: I'm terrible at sewing.B: the hat has an inner lining, and I don't want to attach both layers together.so this leaves glue, I was wondering if there were any experts on here with knowledge of fabrics and fabric glue.what kinds are there?what kind should I use?will fabric glue makegore-tex melt? catch fire? acquire magic powers and cause amphibians to sing?

Posted by srunner 9 years ago  |  last reply 11 months ago


Fabrics coming off, help!!!?

I tried to make a fingerless gloves with a sweatband by cutting the seam and it was good. However it has a logo on it and it was too long (i only want it to cover the palm and a bit of the fingers and wrist) so I had to cut both ends. And now the fabrics keep coming off, i tried using a lighter but it didnt work cuz the fabrics dont stick. what should I do? (sorry for the bad English)?

Asked by pl4eva 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


how to upholster a shelf with fabric?

I have a 96 inch long by 18" deep and 1/2" thick piece of plywood that i want to cover with fabric using a staple gun..how do i do the corners so they're not thick?

Asked by jodij 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Medium weight quilting Fabric

Hello Everyone, I'm new to this type of project but I was looking to make a knife roll for a friend who will be starting culinary school soon. The one she bought for school is kind of dumpy and while it does the job we had found some great looking roll up ones online they were just kind of expensive. So i figured I could make her one for half the cost. It all seems doable. The wall I'm running into is the majority of my sewing experience has been stitching hems for Halloween costumes so my familiarity with fabric types is minimal at best. I wanted to make her a roll out of a fabric with a print on it and and finally finding the right one, at a good price point, I find myself worried the quality of the fabric may not be what I'm looking for. Basically what I found was described as "medium-weight quilting fabric 100% cotton" another one was called "broadcloth." I, however, have no idea what they are. The majority of no leather knife rolls we did find were made of canvas so I was hoping to make one of similar durability. To sum it all up I'm just wondering if this "medium-weight quilting fabric" is anything like twill, canvas, linen or musslin. I feel like those fabrics, especially the first two, would be quite durable for some like a chefs knife problem is the pattern I'm looking for isn't on those types of fabrics. Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

Posted by geekluve 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Fabricating advice (Knuckle dusters)

I want to create some knuckle dusters, heavy duty ones that could pack a punch (I will not be hurting anyone, just for fun and martial arts self-defence :-P). However I have almost no metalworking tools such as a welder, drill press, bandsaw (or other electric saw that cuts metal). The tools I do have are: Mitre saw Normal drill (Variable speed) Hacksaws Scroll/fret saw Table saws Sanders, planers, circular saws. Heavy duty desk vices Any tips would be greatly appreciated. They dont need to look amazing, I like 'rustic' weapons (Like 'improvised' weapons).

Posted by Hiyadudez 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Krylon Spray Paint on fabric?

I have heard that Krylon spray paints can be used with stencils on T-Shirts. In fact their website even has a few project ideas along those lines. What I'm wondering is, how permanent is it? It seems so much easier to do than making silk screens and buying special paint, almost to easy....which makes me wonder if it dries really stiff and cracks.

Asked by norsehorse 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


SETTING FABRIC DYES?

How do I set dyed fabric that has been batik so I won't loose the brilliant color?

Asked by lb250a 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Colour changing fabric?

I want fabric that changes colour with heat or after washing, does anyone know where I can get samples from ?

Asked by claree23 9 years ago


PET Recycled fabric made from PET bottle scrap in India.?

Why nobody is manufacturing or supplying the Fabric made from recycled PET bottles. Requirement of such fabric and availability of such scrap are huge in India.

Asked by avfl123 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


I have printed on fabric using my Epsom printer, how do I make the print waterproof/washable? Answered

So I can use it to make cushions etc.

Asked by vee2121 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Fabric welding, no sew, hf/rf welding

Howdy folks, I've got a question that I hope someone might be able to help me with.  I'm interesting in creating a way to "weld" fabric together.  Basically taking two pieces of fabric, using heat, pressure and "glue" attach them together.  Think of Nike footwear and there sewless uppers. Anyone out there done anything like this DIY style?  I've got a number of projects that I could create from it. Thanks in advance, TOM

Posted by thmsbender 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


which stretchable conductive fabric to be used for elbow joint movements?

I am working on human posture detection using stretchable conductive fabric .i am currently using eoentyx stretchable fabric and jersey conductive fabric but it is not showing much variations so please suggest me which fabric to be used for this application. i have read papers that ppy coated fabrics are good for it . which i am using is very sensitive  and there is no constant increase or decrease in resistance.after washing also it gives reading of huge difference. https://www.tanotis.com/products/sparkfun-eeontex-conductive-stretchable-fabric?gclid=Cj0KCQjwi97NBRD1ARIsAPXVWWAjOVpJlmVfjxULdvjhI_7v-dGI4plgZtfPhkkjdEeANLk9acYoHVUaAmo8EALw_wcB&variant;=42402339152

Asked by PrincyR 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


How do I stiffen fabric as well as shape it and make it stay the shape I choose?

I want to make a masquerade mask. The kind with a stick and huge feathers on the side. The expensive ones online say they use cloth for the actual mask part. HELP!

Asked by djutt5 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


for the pinoys out there, where can i buy fabric glue in metro manila? thank you for the help..

I live in meycauayan but working in Q.C. i need a fabric glue for my crafts that i will be doing.. i cant start without it but i dont know where to find one.. Much better if it would be places like malls.. Thank you very much in advance

Asked by jemahsimbulan 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Permanent fabric pictures?

How can I make fabric copies from my printer permanent? Do I need to treat the fabric before I print or can I treat it after?? What do I need to use to keep the fabric pictures from washing out? Help - I need this information as soon as possible.

Asked by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


necklace out of tee shirts or jersey fabric?

I would like to learn how to make a long, thin necklace out of jersey fabric. It can wrap around multiple times or be a single strand.

Asked by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How can I make a rose out of scrap fabric?

I have some leftover fabric from a pillow I'm making, and I would like to make a small/medium-sized rose to sew onto the pillow.

Asked by youthanize 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Which stretchable conductive fabric to be use for posture detection

Hello Sir/madam I am working on Posuure recogniton/Activity level classification.please help me on this like which fabric i need to use  or please suggest me how to proceed with it. i was using this fabric but it is more sensitive and change its resistance every time when we stretch it and there is no constant increase or decrease in stretchingand after washing also there is huge difference in the resistance value.please anyone can suggest me which fabric to be use for this application. https://www.tanotis.com/products/sparkfun-eeontex-conductive-stretchable-fabric?gclid=Cj0KCQjwi97NBRD1ARIsAPXVWWAjOVpJlmVfjxULdvjhI_7v-dGI4plgZtfPhkkjdEeANLk9acYoHVUaAmo8EALw_wcB&variant;=42402339152

Asked by PrincyR 1 year ago


Ordering Custom Textiles

Hey everyone. I'm trying to recreate the vest from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. I know it sounds strange, but I really want that vest. I've been obsessing over it for a long time. Now, I look at the vest on display, and I can't decide if it's a knitted vest or made out of fabric, like sewn together. It looks like it has an elastic band around the waist and a black collar, so I think it might be sewn. But I can't get that fabric anywhere. Is there any way to order custom textiles that ISN'T Spoonflower.com? I don't want printed textiles, but something woven.  Can someone point me in the right direction? I have no idea where to even look, mostly because I don't know the terminology. THANKS!! -Max

Posted by Super Cameraman 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Gluing and weatherproofing fabric on painted metal?

I'm getting a cargo trike soon that I'm going to heavily customize (picture of model linked, but mine is new) Thing is, I don't want the usual spray job on the cargo trunk that I'm going to do on the rest of my trike. I want prints on the outer cargo trunk, and I was wondering if it is feasible to spray adhesive some fabric on, and then clear coat it a few times? I'm wondering if anybody know if the fabric would stay on and if it'd be weatherproof? (I'm from the tropics so it's rain, shine, mud and humidity) Also, do I have to prepare the metal beforehand? Scuffing etc Thanks in advance for helping out~

Posted by maruneko 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


projecting images onto fabric or membrane

I Have a BIG project that I need help on! I have to fill a pavilion with images and other information on the Moon. I have to have this done for a festival and I have less than a month. I want to project images of the moon either static or moving onto loose hanging fabric around the pavilion. I saw a remarkable Cirque de Soleil traveling venue (see photo below) where they projected images on to translucent fabric which allowed the performers behind the projected images to appear to interact with them. This interaction is not necessary for my use but it was fascinating. (I have no idea how they accomplished this or how much that equipment costs) I will be most grateful for any and all suggestions that can help me with this project! Blessings to you all!

Posted by addinar 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Is there any way to glue plastic to fabric?

I want to glue a plastic ziplock bag to cotton/spandex fabric, is there a particular glue that will do the job or any other method anyone can suggest?

Asked by nigelwclifford 6 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


how to make flowers out of fabric?

I am attempting to be crafty and want to learn how to make easy flowers and roses out of fabric...different types like silk, cotton etc.

Asked by Calliejo 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Carbon Fiber over Fiberglass for fabric

When making a composite anything, what is the advantage of having carbon fiber instead of normal fiberglass? I was wondering because at US composites, the carbon fiber is almost 9 times more expensive that the fiberglass.

Posted by Ferrite 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Sandals made from billboard fabric

The barefoot trend keeps catching on. About half of the Instructables staff wears Vibram Five Fingers shoes and Eric has even run a marathon in a pair. But it's totally understandable that people would want some even cheaper alternatives, such as the invisible shoe. Now there's an even cheaper option coming along that's made out of billboard fabric. They're called Paper Feet sandals and are set to go on sale this summer for $5-$15. Now I'm a little dubious about the comfort of such shoes with some potentially sharp edges, but it's cool to see people constantly trying out new ideas. Hopefully this one turns out well. Paper-Feet: Sustainable Sandals that Don't Cost an Arm or a Leg

Posted by fungus amungus 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Fabricating a 1"-2" transparent dome?

I need to create a small, transparent dome (out of some sort of plastic or resin) that will be able to be glued to a flat surface. What materials are out there to make something like this (that I will be able to do as smoothly and evenly as possible)? It will need to be able to magnify an image underneath it. Sorry if I don't have enough details on what I am trying to do, I have never made something like this before so any help will be very much appreciated. Thank you for your time.

Asked by mappum 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


can i use piezoresistive fabric sensors to measure pressure exerted by backpack straps on shoulders?

I want to measure pressure exerted by backpack straps on shoulders. Will piezoresistive fabric sensors serve my purpose?

Asked by swetambri 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Will someone pleeeeeeeease help me come up with an idea that uses just fabric, no stuffing & minimal sewing skills??? Answered

THANKS SOO MUCH IF U CAN HELP! (don't forget, im only 13)

Asked by I am Lord Voldemort 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


how to hang fabric

What is a simple way to hang fabric from bedroom ceiling?

Posted by pvt 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How to create laminated fabric /oil cloth?

Does anyone know how to create laminated fabric?  I have some fabric that I would like to laminate so that the coat I create will be waterproof. I think that the laminated cotton fabric can also be called oil cloth.

Asked by buzzybee 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


fabric & freezer paper?

Does this also work with Terrycloth? And is vinegar the best way to make it color safe? Thanks

Asked by Success24 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


inexpensive conductive fabric

Any suggestions on how to get or make relatively inexpensive conductive fabric?I'm considering a project that would use soft-switches like these, but much larger. But the Shieldit Super that's linked to in places can get real expensive real fast at $7 / ft. Any suggestions or thoughts would be appreciated!T

Posted by t0nes 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How do you get fabric dye off your hands? Answered

If there's no way to get it off but to let it wear off, about how long will it take to wear off?

Asked by Sunbanks 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Is medium-weight quilting fabric durable?

Hello Everyone, I'm new to this type of project but I was looking to make a knife roll for a friend who will be starting culinary school soon. The one she bought for school is kind of dumpy and while it does the job we had found some great looking roll up ones online they were just kind of expensive. So i figured I could make her one for half the cost. It all seems doable. The wall I'm running into is the majority of my sewing experience has been stitching hems for Halloween costumes so my familiarity with fabric types is minimal at best. I wanted to make her a roll out of a fabric with a print on it and and finally finding the right one, at a good price point, I find myself worried the quality of the fabric may not be what I'm looking for. Basically what I found was described as "medium-weight quilting fabric 100% cotton" another one was called "broadcloth." I, however, have no idea what they are. The majority of no leather knife rolls we did find were made of canvas so I was hoping to make one of similar durability. To sum it all up I'm just wondering if this "medium-weight quilting fabric" is anything like twill, canvas, linen or musslin. I feel like those fabrics, especially the first two, would be quite durable for some like a chefs knife problem is the pattern I'm looking for isn't on those types of fabrics. Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!

Asked by geekluve 1 year ago  |  last reply 12 months ago


Patchwork fabric paving concept.

On Freshome, via NOTCOT; Juliana Santacruz Herrera decided the streets of Paris were too gloomy and needed a little fresh touch. With these in mind she came up with the concept of decorating the potholes of the city using colorful strips of fabric. These were placed randomly in shallow breaks and cracks, creating a fun and colorful change in the landscape. The artist’s visual intervention brings a happy touch to the gray streets of Paris and creates a fun and appealing contrast with the dark cement. But what if we were to take this idea further? If you like how this photos look, perhaps you could use them as a source of inspiration when it comes to patching up your own courtyard, patio and so on. Sounds practical? So, how could it be made (reasonably) practical? Maybe a pourable clear or translucent resin?  What do you think?

Posted by Kiteman 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How do I make a pattern from an existing piece of clothing?

I have a wrap skirt I love, but can't find a pattern that replicates it. How do I make the pattern and determine how much yardage I'll need?

Asked by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


String experts please help!

First time poster sorry if do something incorrectly! Anyone who knows a great deal about string I need some help! It needs to have certain qualities. 1.  <5mm diameter. 2. Does not stretch. 3. Can be compressed to a smaller diameter. 4. Returns to size when decompressed. 5. Maintains shape after repeated compression/decompression. I am currently using oval shoelace which works perfectly save for one flaw, after a short time it "breaks in" and loses its sponginess, no longer returning to it's normal size if compressed then decompressed. The compression comes from two parallel lines of shoelace being twisted together until wound tightly then untwisted fully and re-twisted in the opposite direction, this process will continue through the life of the device. The shoelace starts excellently but then quickly degrades over time. I need to accomplish the same effect with no degradation of the sponginess of the string, or greatly reduced. Any method or material suggestions are greatly appreciated! 

Posted by saronson 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Where can I find fabric dye in New York City? Or what kind of store would carry it?

I have some white cotton fabric I'd like to tie dye. What kind of store carries tie dye?

Asked by 9 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


What's the best way to attach fabric to the inside of a plastic milk crate?

I want to make my own ottoman out of a plastic milk crate, turned upside down, with a small pillow on top, that's completely covered with fabric. But I'm not sure how to attach the fabric to the inside of the milk crate so it stays put. Any ideas or tips?

Asked by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How to clean microfiber couch?

My couch and ottoman are both a light brown microfiber/faux suede fabric. I need to know an effective method of how to spot clean this fabric without damaging it.

Asked by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Has anyone tried conductive fabric or conductive thread with high voltage?

Have you? does it damage it for instance? or is it perfect because hi voltage likes to "crawl" over things 

Asked by oliverkellow 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Does anybody know how to replace fabric on a sewing basket/box?

I want a really pretty sewing BASKET (I could do a plastic box kind too). ....but I really don't like the lame fabric prints on them...except one at walmart that has peacock feathers ...its ok...but it's defective. I would really like to know how to take one apart and replace the fabric. I would just buy one and try it but I dont have the money to buy one and possibly mess it up or not be able to put it back together. Right now because of my budget Im not able to do that. Thank you for time. Leah :)

Posted by angelleah1981 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Somebody please do this one. How to replace fabric on a sewing basket/box.

I want a really pretty sewing BASKET (I could do a plastic box kind too). ....but I really don't like the lame fabric prints on them...except one at walmart that has peacock feathers ...its ok...but it's defective. I would really like to know how to take one apart and replace the fabric. I would just buy one and try it but I dont have the money to buy one and possibly mess it up or not be able to put it back together. Right now because of my budget Im not able to do that. Thank you for time. Leah :)

Posted by angelleah1981 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


How to make a yoga hammock?

I'd like to do antigravity yoga. The class is centered around a soft fabric hammock, which supports you in basic yoga poses but also allows you to swing. The fabric hammock seems so easy to sew but I don't know where to begin. What's the fabric? How big is it? How do you place it? Any suggestions? www.halogenlife.com/shared_assets/images/0002/8911/antigravityyoga_crunch.jpg www.yogoer.com/classes/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/AntiGravity-Yoga1.jpg www.lussorian.com/uploads/images/anti-gravity-yoga-hammock.jpg

Asked by iovsjupiter 9 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Any one got any suggestions on good brand of sewing scissors with out paying the earth ? Answered

I would like some all round sewing scissors for mainly fabric cutting, I have been looking on line but some of the prices are a lot more than I want to pay, I would like to keep it bellow Ten GBP if I can but the cheaper in price the better, I have just bought a sewing machine and want to start with bigger projects and I am fed up of using kids scissors or kitchen scissors as they make a mess of my fabric sometimes has anyone got any suggestions. Cheers

Asked by Pixie Puddle 6 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Braided Wool Rug materials

I have the "ingredients" to make a great braided recycled wool rug: for years I saved wool fabric, bought wool slacks and skirts at Goodwill, etc, then cut them into strips, sewed them together, and pressed them into beautiful balls of wool, all ready to braid into a medium-sized (I think) rug. I didn't feel like doing the braiding part, so I tried finger crochet with the wool. That also works, but it will make a smaller rug (think several door mats). Still no motivation to finish this great recycled project. So, all this prepared fabric could be yours! You could also knit thick, cozy wool slippers. No instructions included for any of these projects; feel free to write your own instructable. Colors include navy blues, lighter blues and grays with a little red thrown in here and there. 11 balls total. Name your price, and pay actual ground shipping.

Posted by karenelisam 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago