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    I was thinking about that as I ironed. I may try to rig it to where I fold the fabric over the edge of the wood. that way I can run the middle of the iron down it.

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    That might work. I was thinking about ways to do that too, and was wondering if a layer of parchment paper carefully placed along the inner edge of the seam could prevent it from bonding.
    Then you could iron the heck out of it wherever you wanted, and it would only bond along the un-papered parts. If it works.

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    Since u r making a bag you just need to stay around the edges running the iron. Also here is where i bought mine: http://www.questoutfitters.com/coate...EAT%20SEALABLE
    There is a pdf there that has instructions for making a dry bag.

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    How long are you keeping the iron in the same place? Ideally you want the iron on one of the high heat settings, but not the hottest. Too much heat = delamination usually. I find holding the iron on the same section for ~15 seconds works best. I've made 3-4 sleeping pads with this method.

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    I will try it when I get some wood.

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    All of this sounds like great advice... having done heat-applied patches for scout uniforms, I can say it takes a lot of heat and pressure to bond...
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    Sorry to reply to an old post, but where did you get heat sealable fabric? I want to make a pad, but the fabrics I am finding are far too heavy.
    Thank you!

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    Quest Outfitters (http://questoutfitters.com/) and Rockywoods (http://www.rockywoods.com/Fabrics-Kits) have heat sealable fabric. The trick is learning how long to hold the edge of the iron on the material without causing the glue to run away from the seam. Try using a sheet of Teflon (avail at fabric & craft stores) on top of the fabric and cardboard or wood below.

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    Seattle Fabrics also has heat sealable nylon in the 30d variety. It's the lightest out there for MYOG'ers, but it ain't cheap.

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