If you have pattern you really like and will be using a lot, backing it with fusible interfacing is a good way to preserve the tissue paper. Interfacing isn’t cheap though so I only do this for patterns I know I will be using a lot.
(And if you own cats, this is also a good way to rescue pattern pieces they’ve turned into cat toys…)
So here is Yoyo demonstrating his amazing pattern destruction abilities… Thanks Yoyo!
Rescue your pattern piece from your fuzzy monster and lay it out as flat as you can on your ironing board.
After assessing the damage, this pattern doesn’t look too bad actually. If the pattern just has some crumpling and tearing, we can save it. If it’s been completely destroyed (like your cat used it for a chew toy as well as a scratching toy), it’s probably time to start stalking Joanns for the next 99 cent pattern sale, and just replace the pattern.
Set your iron to the lowest setting and start ironing your pattern. You want to go gently and lift up your iron in places where there are tears so you don’t tear the pattern farther. If the iron isn’t hot enough to press your pattern flat, turn it up a little. You don’t want to get too hot though as that will cause the tissue paper to warp.
Now get a piece of interfacing big enough to fit your pattern piece.
I like to wait for interfacing to go on sale at Joanns for 50% and then buy an entire bolt of the lightweight fusible interfacing. Always having interfacing around is pretty handy.
Lay your interfacing on the ironing board so the fusible side is facing up. Lay your pattern piece on top.
Now grab a scrap piece of fabric to use as a press cloth. I used a scrap piece of muslin. Lay the press cloth on top of the pattern and fusible interfacing, making sure you cover the areas where the fusible surface is exposed. The press cloth is to protect your iron from getting fusible gunk on it as you iron. You’ll probably want to throw it out after you’re done as it will have sticky residue on it.
Start ironing your pattern. You might need to turn the iron a bit hotter to make sure the fusible melts and attaches to the pattern.
Iron down your entire pattern and when you’re done, trim around the pattern piece.
And now you have a sturdy interface-backed pattern piece that will last a very long time!