I bought some Texture Magic at MQX in April. I finally got around to trying it a couple of weeks ago.
Texture Magic is a product sold by Superior Threads. It looks and feels like lining fabrics. After you quilt it, you steam it to make it shrink 30% in each direction. The shrinkage creates more texture.
I used batting between the Texture Magic and cotton fabric, but the directions say you can do it with no batting. I will try that another time. I need to play and experiment more to figure out if I want the quilting lines to be closer or not. I also want to try straight lines and a grid. It will depend on the project as to what effect I am after.
So this is a little tutorial on what I did.
I basted it on the top of batting and backing on my longarm. You can make a similar sandwich (with or without batting) and baste or pin together.
Then I quilted it on my longarm. You can use a sewing machine, longarm or even by hand. The key is to have fairly dense quilting to get more texture.
Here is the other side:
Then I steamed it. You steam it on the Texture Magic side. I used my 35 year old Steamstress that still works well. I love that thing! I doubt you are lucky enough to have an old Steamstress, so use a regular iron that steams well.
You can literally see it shrink before you eyes. (hmm, maybe I should wrap my body in it and steam away the pounds)
Here it is all steamed and shrunk:
And the fabric side:
See the Magic???
I can see lots of possibilities for this product. Purses, tote bags, or vests. I dont ever make those kinds of things, so I will use some on a pillow for my first project.
Let me know what you use Texture Magic for. And please share any tips along the way.