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I’m making table runners/toppers out of dupioni silk with a border of fine upholstry fabric. I’m wondering what I should use for the backing. Maybe a satin back crepe that’s 100% poly?

I’m making 15 of these to go on 60" round tables for a wedding reception, and I want to keep the price down on the backing fabric. But I still want it to be nice and I want to make sure it’s OK to mix the fabric types on one project. (I think I will dry clean and try to sell them after the wedding.)


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    Jun 1, 2010, 01.44 PMby katexxxxxx

    I’d use a nice toning cotton. It’ll be nice and stable and won’t slide off the table the way satin will.

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    Jun 1, 2010, 02.28 PMby nehmah

    Also, a good cotton will shrink and stay the size you want; it can be evened up where poly-fabrics are next-to-impossible to straighten. Nehmah

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    Jun 1, 2010, 10.56 PMby thirtydaysseptember

    why, thank you! i was dreading working with the satin – i hate slippery synthetics. i actually haven’t heard of toning cotton – what is it exactly?

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      Jun 2, 2010, 01.05 AMby katexxxxxx

      Just a colour that tones with whatever colour the silk is…

      Wash the cotton before you make them up to cope with any shrinkage.

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