Glad Press'n Seal

Julia Camilleri 2006

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Press'n Seal is a sealable plastic wrap made by Glad products. Would you believe that it is not available here in Western Australia?  Although I believe it is available over east from a shop that sells products from the States called

Well, this is what I have done with the Press'n Seal.
First I picked out this basket from Carole Samples book of crazy quilting stitches. 
Then, I cut a piece of the Press'n Seal  big enough to cover the basket I was going to trace.

Tip: The Press'n Seal  has a right and wrong side to it, so make sure you write on the side with the logo on it and not the other sticky side.

Using a blue Sharpie fine point pen, I traced the basket.* I only traced the main outline of the basket as I planned to fill in the detail later with freehand stitches.

Position the Press'n Seal  with the drawing on it onto your block where you would like your design to be. There is no need for pins as the Press'n Seal stays in position by the slightly sticky wrong side.  
With your chosen thread, embroider over the lines going right through the Press'n Seal  and the fabric. I chose the Stem Stitch and Chain Stitch to outline the basket shape. 
Here I have also stitched in some detail on the basket, but I think it's best to do that later, after the Press'n Seal  has been removed. I was told it is hard to get out of tiny places if there is too much stitching over it. I did not think this was too much stitching, I soon found out it was enough to make it a little difficult to remove! 

When you have finished the stitching..

Starting from the outside, carefully peel away the Press'n Seal , I had to use a pair of tweezers to get it out from underneath some of the stitching. You may be able to see above, there are still little bits left that I will need to get out.

In my opinion I think it's great! I would however be careful not to use it on anything too small and make sure to just trace the lines that are necessary.

Now to fill the basket with SRE flowers.

Finished Block

*Note: Next time I would not use the Sharpie pen as I found it did not dry properly on the plastic Press'n Seal  and it did bleed a little into the thread as I embroidered over it, I will look for something more permanent, perhaps a Micro pigma pen that is used for writing on fabric quilt labels.

Editor's Note: We have not found any other product that works as well as the black ink Sharpie Ultra Fine pen but you must let it dry thoroughly. It can take over 24 hours depending on the humidity.

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