A New Purse and a New Tip … Cleaning Interfacing Glue Off Iron

July 17, 2007 at 8:44 am | Posted in fabric, sewing, tips, tutorials | 14 Comments

I have been wanting to try this tutorial for a new shoulder bag. I found fabric that I liked at JoAnn’s last week and so I made it today … what do you think?


The picture is not so great for some reason, but I wanted to share it. I love the fabric and i made the lining out of a rich blue. I really, really like it and it was super-easy to make! Why don’t pattern makers (i.e. Simplicity, McCalls, etc.) make patterns so simple???

It only took me a couple of hours and a couple of mistakes. One mistake I made was that in fusing the interfacing I accidentally ironed the wrong side once … EEK! I proceeded to get glue all over my NEW iron! What to do? I searched and found to make a paste with baking soda and scrub the plate with a washcloth until it’s off. Took a lot of elbow grease, but I did it. Then I had to make sure the steam vents weren’t clogged with baking soda, which they were. So I filled the water reservoir and put the iron on high steam and steamed away until they were clean.

The purse would have only taken me about an your and a half had it not been for that little mishap. I do like it … I’m off to fill it up now :)




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  1. it looks lovely- good job!
    thanks for the tip about the iron, too- i’ve ironed the wrong side of interfacing before and totally ruined my iron!

  2. Thanks for the compliment, Melissa! I am so glad that I found that tip :)


  3. I see that the fiend is still fiending…good for you!! The bag looks good and glad you saved your iron. :-)

  4. Cute bag. Great tip about the iron.I have done the same! Then my DH want to know why the iron is sticking to his jeans. :) Just found your site. Lots of ispiration. I’ll be stopping by!

  5. Southern Girl and SugarShap — thanks for the compliments :)


  6. I have done that with the iron too…another helpful tip is to Iron on wax paper to get it all nice and slick again and help remove more of the residue. Your purse looks cute!

  7. Great tip on cleaning the iron! I stuck Q-tips in the holes, and used a mixture of actual baking soda toothpaste, a little salt, and a drop of water. Came off without too much hassle (and no goo in the steam holes)!

  8. Wow! This saved me a brand new iron. Stupid me ironed on the wrong side of a transfer… TWICE!!

    Thanks so much for saving me.

  9. Thanks for all of the suggestions. I found another one here – http://forums.marthapullen.com/read.php?f=7&i=189779&t=189779 – using dryer sheets. It worked really, really well!

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  13. You saved me! I thought the poor iron was ruined, but the adhesive came off, just like you said it would. Love the purse too, especially with that lining! Thank you so much for the greatest tip!

  14. Thank you so much for the interfacing-adhesive cleaning tip! I accidentally ironed the wrong side, and my first instinct was to leave the iron hot and try to clean it with a wet rag then — like one might do to a skillet — but I quickly saw it wasn’t going to work. I let it sit until this morning (mostly out of frustration), and I found your website. I don’t have baking soda, but I made a 50/50 salt and baking powder mix and a splash of water to make it into a foamy paste. The adhesive came RIGHT off! Thanks so much!

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