Sew Shrink Fabric

Sew-Shrink Fabric a versatile product designed to add a random, wrinkled texture to a wide range of fabrics and can be used to create wearables or home decorative items such as shirts, jackets, skirts, quilts, placemats, pillows and curtains.

Every fabric shrinks slightly differently so you will want to test before using. Generally, fabrics will shrink approximately 30%.

If you want to stitch a grid or a specific pattern on Sew-Shrink Fabric, it can safely be marked with a fabric pen. It does not have a right or wrong side. Sew-Shrink Fabric is placed behind your fabric with the drawn lines facing out. Stitch over your lines. Heavily steam Sew-Shrink Fabric with an iron and watch the magic occur. It’s now ready to trim or insert in your project. The wrinkles will hold in place even if laundered and it’s also safe to dry-clean.


  1. If stitching a grid or specific pattern, use an iron safe fabric marking pen and sketch the lines you want to stitch directly onto the Sew-Shrink Fabric. This product does not have a right or wrong side.  
  2. Place the Sew-Shrink Fabric behind your fabric with the drawn lines facing out.  Pin if necessary.
  3. Stitch on the lines or do random stitching such as stipple quilting, circles, etc.  **Remember, the closer the stitching the more wrinkles you will have!
  4. Heavily steam the piece from the Sew-Shrink Fabric side.  Do NOT touch the iron to the Sew-Shrink Fabric or fabric during the shrinking process.  The steam will do all the work!
  5. Now your wrinkled fabric is made and you are ready to trim, shape and insert it into your project!  Have fun!

**Sew-Shrink Fabric is washer/dryer and drycleaner safe.

 Remember to test your fabric for the shrinkage amount before beginning your project.  Some fabrics will shrink/wrinkle more and some less due to the nature of the fiber content.  Generally you will obtain 30% shrinkage.  Again, it is important to test first!  Start with an 8” square of fabric and see what size it shrinks to.  If you are at 30%, the square should be 6” after steaming.  This will help you determine what size your beginning fabric should be.  

**Floral Fabric Tip – When attaching Sew-Shrink Fabric to a floral print, free stitch from the fabric side and outline the flowers for a dramatic effect!


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Customer Reviews

Review by  Ellen
(posted on 08/29,2016 14:34:26)
This product has made an immense difference in my life recently! I was a demo on this product in 2011(I think) at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. I was asked to make a prototype of an award idea, made fiber, for the Louisiana Art Educator's Assoc. I was vying for the contract for the 20 awards they give out to outstanding members each year. I remembered the dynamic effect it had, and decided to make it my own..... Art Educator's do not want a brass plaque, they want art, as their awards. Well, I got the nod, and the award was made bright flowered fabrics, shrunk, mounted on a 6"x6"x2" wooden frame, added beaded accents, and am soooooo very pleased!! As are they!! Great product, have more ideas, now!!
Review by  Mijaney
(posted on 06/20,2015 04:02:51)
I made a hobo bag at Heirloom Treasures and used Heat N Shrink on the bottom and it turned out great! I made another one the next day and let my husband do the shrinking! He thought it was really fascinating the way it shrunk! Thank you for a wonderful product!
Review by  Mijaney
(posted on 02/16,2015 15:55:31)
I just took a class making a Hobo bag using Heat N Shrink. I just love it! It was easy to use and I love the effect on the bottom of my bag! Thank you for another great product!
Review by  Rainy
(posted on Nov 14, 2012)
Love it. Such fun to sew different patterns then srink and see how it turns out.
Have not done one I do not like
Review by  luv2ski
(posted on Jun 24, 2012)
The heat n' shrink is always fun to use, and it makes a dramatic effect. I love the stuff!
Review by  ksb sews
(posted on Mar 11, 2012)
I just took a class at the Atlanta Sewing Expo and we made zipper bags with Heat N Shrink inset in the front. We used an allover stipple stitch to attach the Heat N Shrink to cotton then steamed it. Everybody's bag came out great. It was like magic watching the steam work.
Review by  Joycie
(posted on Oct 29, 2011)
I just made a pocketbook with a band of heat n shrink around the center section. It came out great.! Really different looking.
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