All about the Olyfun *

Welcome to the wonderful world of  oly*fun one of the newest products from Fairfield Processing.

 

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Introducing Oly*Fun – “The everything material”

This is one of the easiest, most versatile materials you will ever find. You can sew it, glue it, staple it, pin it or tie it
You can write on it, paint it, embellish it, stamp it or stencil it
You can scissor, rotary, or die cut it
You can use it as fabric or use it as paper
You can use it indoors and outdoors
The only thing it won’t do is fray, tear, or fade so don’t bother hemming it.

SOLID COLOR THROUGHOUT
Use both the front and back – no white core or back side

GREAT VALUE
A good value solution for holiday and event decorating, costumes, kids projects and activities

NO FRAYING

Easy sew, no hemming required

WATER RESISTANT
Ideal for a variety of indoor and outdoor uses

Project and Content Creation Ideas:

Works inside and out and is very economical, so it’s a great alternative for PARTY CRAFTING – and can be used instead of paper or tissue for many projects. It’s more durable than papers – wont crease, wrinkle or tear quickly in wind or from hyper kids – and it won’t disintegrate when in contact with water.

CREATIVE GIFT WRAPPING – To sew or not to sew – that is your question – use basic folding and wrapping techniques or more complicated origami to create beautiful, unique and durable gift wrapping. Vibrant colors can be used as is, or can be stamped, stenciled, or painted on with a variety of materials. If you can make it in Felt, you can make it in Oly*Fun – but it will be more weather and water resistant with a more tailored look and feel.
Easy to die cut for Bulletin Board art, school projects, and all sorts of teacher / student projects.

Easy to sew – this is a great material for beginner sewing – there is no grain, no selvedge, no sizing, no fraying…. Just so easy.
Essentially all school spirit color combinations are included in the 18 color palette of Oly*Fun – make spirit pom-poms, spirit cuff bracelets, bleacher cushions, ponchos, etc for your students and community. Can make a great fundraiser – easy to make by kids and families – reasonable cost and lots of value when sold before a big game!

What exactly IS oly*fun? oly*fun is a specially engineered material that features some of the best things about fabrics AND papers.

How do I sew it? Very easily! There is no grain to oly*fun, so you can cut it any which way you want. There is no need to pre-wash, as there is no sizing or shrinkage. Use a simple stitch to attach pieces together, and hem only if you want. oly*fun will not fray.

Do I need to pre-wash it? There is no sizing in oly*fun, so there is no need to prewash.

When it needs cleaning, how should I wash it? It’s best to wash on gentle cycle and air dry.

Can I iron it? Yes, but carefully. Use only a cool or low iron with a pressing cloth.

Can I use it outside? Absolutely! oly*fun is weather resistant –so water rolls right off.

Can I glue it? Yes! oly*fun glues best with Fabric Glue such as FabricTac or Aleene’s Tacky Glue. A hot Glue gun works great too. It’s best to test the glues before kicking off a big project.

Can I diecut it? Yes! oly-*fun runs through any pressure style diecutters like Sizzix, or Accu-cut. It will work with a digital diecutter if a stabilizer is used.

What other ways can I cut it? Use scissors, rotary cutters or paper cutters with a rotary style blade. It’s best to test before kicking off a big project.

Is it flammable? No. oly*fun is not flammable, it will melt if exposed to flame.

How is oly*fun sold? oly*fun is sold on bolts and in quick grab and go packages. The bolted material is 60 inches wide and can be cut to whatever length you like. The grab and go package is 20 inches wide and includes 3 yards of material.

How many colors does it come in? oly*fun comes in a rainbow of 18 vibrant solid colors. The colors can be mixed and matched to create projects for any holiday or season, and almost any sports team or school!

olyfun oly*fun Oly-fun on a bolt rainbow

The Olyfun is now available by bolt at Joann.com

You can also find it at various other brick and mortar outlets and online in our Grab and Go packaging.
Grab and GO , Grab N Go Olyfun

 

 

 

90 thoughts on “All about the Olyfun *”

  1. DAvid Crompton says:

    I need 4 bolts Brick red and 4 bolts white Oly Fun fabric by oct 10 and cannot find stock anywhere for immediate delivery, can you help?
    thanks

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      You can order from our website https://www.fairfieldworld.com/store/bulk-bolt/oly-fun-10-yard-bolt-brick/ or try Joann Fabric online, Walmart online, Hobby Lobby online.

  2. Lanny says:

    Is it food safe? I want to line my shelves on kitchen with it so I wonder if it safe to use near food, plates etc

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      Lanny, The material is used to make reusable grocery bags to carry items home from the store. It would be considered safe to use but not to directly serve food from. We would love to see how your shelves turn out. It sounds like a great idea.

  3. Cindy says:

    Can I use fusible webbing to adhere fabric to it?

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      Our recommendation is no. If you decide to, you have to be extremely careful. Olyfun will melt. You can glue stick baste it to your project.
      Niki

  4. Can this be used to embroider on??

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      Absolutely. It is great forcounted cross stitch too.

  5. Linda Lilly says:

    can I dry clean it?

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      You can wash with soap and water. We do not recommend dry-cleaning.

  6. Can I use as a small quilt backing?

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      Carlea,
      You could use it as a quilt backing- but we would not recommend it. It is not soft and cuddly.

  7. Sher says:

    I purchased metallic olyfun to use as a table runner. How do I get the folds to lie flat from being on the fabric bolt.

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      You can place a book on the fold over night.

  8. beth says:

    can you machine embroidery on this? what kind of stabilizer would you recommend

    1. Robin Dann says:

      You can machine embroider on Olyfun. As Oly*fun is a non woven material made from plastics, you should not need a stabilizer. You can double the sheets if you feel that it is too thin for your liking.

  9. Debs Pouliot says:

    I was hoping you offered a mixed colours pack but I don’t see it. I’d prefer not to order them all separately for my little “test” project. Please advise. Thanks! Btw, Mark Montano recommended you via his amazing YouTube DIY channel.

    1. Niki Meiners says:

      Debs,
      Where are you located? We have variety packs in some stores. Depending on the size you need you could try this https://www.fairfieldworld.com/store/assortment/oly-fun-variety-class-pack-48-pieces/ Size 12 in x 18 in and 48 sheets.

    2. Robin Dann says:

      Hi Debs, we do offer Multi color packs check out our 48 Piece Variety Class Pack.
      Please be sure to share photos of your projects with us on social media!

      Your friends at Fairfield.

  10. Angel says:

    Can you apply heat transfer vinyl to it?

    If not, will standard vinyl (ie: Oracle 651 or 631) adhere to it?

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Oly*fun non-woven material is made out of a plastic based material, that does not stand up well to a HOT iron.
      We recommend using spray adhesive, or a fabric glue for the best adhesion.

  11. Dee says:

    I read on the JoAnn web site that it can be used to insulate. Is this accurate? Single layer, double layer?

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Oly*fun is not meant to be used for insulation. For insulation, we recommend Solorize

    1. Robin Dann says:

      thanks so much for sharing this. Love the costume and the bag. Happy Halloween!

    1. Megan Driscoll says:

      Thank you so much for sharing, what a fun way to use Oly-Fun!

  12. Maria says:

    How would you print a picture on it? Is a special printer required?

    1. Robin Dann says:

      As Oly*fun is made from polypropylene we can not guarantee that the heat from a laser printer would not melt the material.
      Therefore we do not suggest printing on it.

      you could try a photo transfer technique using modge podge.

  13. Chasity Alexis says:

    Hi,
    I would like to make curtains with the Gold Metallic, would you suggest?

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Unfortunately, Oly*fun is best suited for temporary decorating and crafts. We would not recommend it for using for curtains.

  14. Rosemarie Simpson says:

    I am planning to paint a large mural on white Oly*fun. Do I need to prepare the fabric with gesso or stiffen it with glue before I start painting?

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Many of our designers paint directly onto Oly*fun with no additional preparation. If you are seeking the look of canvas, then perhaps a gesso coating would be in order. Our best suggestion is to do a trial on a small piece to see if you get your desired paint coverage without additional treatment to the material.

      Please be sure to share your finished mural with us! We love to see how people are using our products.

  15. Jolyn says:

    I am looking to do some work with monster mud (paper mache with drywall and paint, rather than glue). They typically use burlap or canvas, but with this stuff being so light weight and versatile, I thought of this immediately! Do you think it could stiffen and harden with a paper mache-esque mixture, or do you think it would be too prone to cracking? Thank you!

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Hi Jolyn,
      We have never tested Oly*fun for use with paper maché. I would suggest you do a test on a small piece. Please keep in mind that Oly*fun is a non-woven Material made from Polypropelene (plastic) so although it may not crack, it may not offer the water absorption you need with paper mache. If you do move forward with the project please send a photo of the finished piece.

  16. Megan says:

    What are your thoughts about using red Oly*fun in the garden as tomato and pepper mulch? I know, odd question, but the polypropylene plastic sold just rips, and this stuff is so sturdy. Polypropylene landscape fabric is common, but not in red.

    1. Tricia Santamaria says:

      Oly-Fun will not work very well for that application as it will disintegrate when left exposed to the elements.

  17. petra schaefer says:

    can I use oly fun as a cutaway stabilizer in maschine embroidery ?

    1. Tricia Santamaria says:

      I think the Oly-Fun might be a little too thick for that application.

  18. Stephanie says:

    Can this fabric be used to reupholster a chair?

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Oly*fun would be perfect for covering the unsightly underside of a reupholstered piece, but should not be used as the main upholstery fabric.

  19. Robin Dann says:

    we do not sell or ship to the UK, but you may be able to find this product through Amazon or through Notions.com

  20. Crystal says:

    Can I use Oly fun for a garment bag?

  21. M says:

    Will olyfun fabric disintegrate.

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Oly*fun material may degrade after prolonged exposure to sunlight. Because of this, it is recommended only for temporary outdoor decorating.

  22. Margy says:

    What causes pilling and is there a way to keep that from happenin?

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Can you provide us with a photo of this pilling?
      so that we can see the issue to which you are referring?

  23. Carla says:

    Is it available in EUROPE? The Netherlands??? And which store? Here is no Joan..

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Sorry as of right now we do not ship to Europe. you may be able to purchase Oly*Fun through Notions marketing, Checker Distributing.

  24. Cara says:

    Anyone know if it can be use for crossstich? is it resistant enough to be use like that?

    1. Robin Dann says:

      yes, we have had people use Olyfun for Cross Stitch.

  25. Dawn says:

    Is Oly Fun available anywhere in Australia? It takes too long to order from the USA. It would be great if we could get it here.

    1. Robin Dann says:

      you can purchase through distributors such as Darice, Checker, and Birch in AU.

  26. Cindy Bear says:

    Since Oly Fun is water resistant and a non woven fabric. Could it be used for face masks? Need a non woven water resistant or waterproof layer

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Oly*fun has not been tested or approved for medical use or filtration capabilities.

      ***Please keep in mind that homemade masks are not a substitute or replacement for N95 medical equipment.***

  27. Loretta B says:

    We are a local group trying to ease the shortage of ppe masks. We were told we needed to include a layer of oly fun for virus filtration. We realize this is not the original intended use. Can this material be autoclaved? Seems like it would melt

    1. Robin Dann says:

      We do not recommend heating Oly*fun as it can melt.
      Oly*fun has not been tested or approved for medical use or filtration capabilities.

      ***Please note that homemade masks are not a substitute or replacement for N95 medical equipment.***

  28. Corinna says:

    What is the grams per square meter of this?

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Oly*fun nonwoven material is 75GSM

  29. Corinna says:

    What’s the weight or grams per square meter of this?

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Oly*fun is 75GSM Non-woven material.

  30. Leslie Wagoner says:

    Can I use this for health care workers face mask liners?

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Oly*fun has not been tested or approved for medical use or filtration capabilities. Its effectiveness as a germ barrier is unknown.
      What we do know is that in this time of crisis and shortage of traditional medical protective gear, many people are purchasing Oly*fun to create their own DIY facemasks and gowns.

      Please note, homemade masks are not a substitute or replacement for N95 medical equipment.

      A one-ply sheet of Oly*fun is 75GSM, whereas commercially manufactured surgical masks are typically made of 3-ply 25GSM non-woven with additional filtration added.

  31. Michele Brisker says:

    Can’t you get it tested ASAP?

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Thank you for the link and information. We have passed it along to our product development and compliance department.

  32. Michele Brisker says:

    https://www.thomasnet.com/articles/other/how-surgical-masks-are-made/
    Is a great link for a start on getting Olyfun tested

    1. Robin Dann says:

      thank you

  33. JULIE E MANN says:

    Is Oly*Fun melt-blown polypropylene?

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Yes, Oly*fun is Melt-blown polypropylene.
      Oly*fun non-woven material measures 65gsm

      Please note… Oly*fun has not been tested or approved for medical use or filtration capabilities.

  34. O D says:

    Hello,

    Are you still shipping products? I would like to order fabric to make masks but am not sure if you are still shipping products.

    Thank you,
    O D

    1. Robin Dann says:

      As of right now (3/26/20), we are still able to ship products.
      Thank you for your inquiry.

  35. Shonda says:

    Is this 75gsm or 65gsm? I’ve seen comments stating each and I’d like to clarify. I have packages of Oly*fun 100% polypropylene multi-purpose material in rolls measuring 30inches by 3 yards.

    1. Robin Dann says:

      All Oly*fun is 65msg. Thank you for reaching out for clarification.

  36. O D says:

    Thank you! I have placed an order.

  37. Diane says:

    Are you shipping to Canada?

    1. Robin Dann says:

      We do not currently ship to Canada. Many of our products can be purchased through Amazon.com, fabric.com, Walmart.com, and Michaels.com all of whom have capabilities to ship to Canada.

  38. Oriana Neulinger says:

    What is the melting point of Oly*fun? Viruses typically die at the normal dryer temperature of 135°F, and you’ve mentioned that Laser Printers (>400°F, according to Google) will definitely melt the plastic.

    Does Oly*Fun contain formaldehyde or a formaldehyde precursor, as some people allergic have had a reaction after using it in a face mask, and will washing/drying worsen or alleviate this?

    (Also for context Oly*Fun was recommended by a nurse/sewer on YouTube who had a colleague apparently testing various kinds of nonwoven fabrics for small particle permeability, Oly*Fun is the only non-interfacing recommended, and it’s at the bottom of the list of recommended nonwoven fabrics but everyone is sold out of interfacing in my area)

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Oly*fun has not been tested or approved for medical use or filtration capabilities.
      We do not recommend machine washing or drying Olyfun.
      Oly*fun has not been tested for a specific melting point. When used in craft projects we do not recommend using it with a hot iron as it will melt.

      ***Please note, homemade masks are not a substitute or replacement for N95 medical equipment. Oly*fun has not been tested or approved for medical use or filtration capabilities.***

  39. Debi Alsobrook says:

    Can this product can be washed in hot? For disinfecting.

    1. Robin Dann says:

      We do not recommend machine washing or drying Olyfun.

    2. Robin Dann says:

      We do not recommend machine washing or drying Olyfun.
      We suggest thinking of Oly*fun as disposable material.

  40. Amanda says:

    Hi Robin,

    I am an organizer of a large national maskmaking group. Congrats on the viral blog post! I appreciate your transparency here in describing the limitations of your fabric with regard to heat tolerance. Do you have any guidelines on how one might proceed to sterilize Oly-fun since it cannot be put in an autoclave, boiled, or otherwise heat-treated? Are there approved medical-grade treatments (lysol, bleach) that are safe to use on Oly-fun?

    Incidentally I live right down the road from your factory! Hi, neighbor!

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Hello Amanda,
      We do not. We are hearing that many are incorporated Oly*fun into cotton masks as replaceable inserts. The cotton masks can be sterilized, and the Oly*fun is disposed of after use, and replaced with new.
      ***Please note, homemade masks are not a substitute or replacement for N95 medical equipment. Oly*fun has not been tested or approved for medical use or filtration capabilities.***

  41. Amanda says:

    Thank you very much! If there are no instructions for sterilizing the fabric after cutting, shipping, and receipt at the medical facility, then we cannot safely recommend it to our makers. Appreciate your insight and transparency.

  42. SONYA HILL says:

    I DIDN’T READ THE ABOVE COMMENT SO I HOPE THIS ISN’T A REPEAT QUESTION, I’M MAKING FACE MASK AND USING OLY FUN AS A FILTER SINCE IT IS NON-WOVEN IS A GOOD IDEA? AND IT IS REVERSE-ABLE , WASH-ABLE-BREATH-ABLE…LET ME KNOW.

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Homemade masks are not a substitute for N95 medical equipment. However, we are aware that in this time of crisis with a shortage of traditional medical protective gear, many people are purchasing Oly*fun to create their own DIY facemasks and gowns. Please be advised that Oly*fun has not been tested or approved for medical use or filtration capabilities. Its effectiveness as a germ barrier is unknown.

      Machine washing and drying are not recommended for Oly*fun. We feel that repeated washing and drying may break down the material.

      ***Please note, homemade masks are not a substitute or replacement for N95 medical equipment. ***

  43. Liza says:

    Hi,
    Can Oly-fun be disinfected? If so, how? For example can it be wiped down with bleach? Lysol? Etc?is it like vinyl? I ordered some but have never actually seen this product.
    Thanks,
    Liza

    1. Robin Dann says:

      Oly*fun is 100% polypropylene. You can wipe it down with bleach or Lysol.
      We do not recommend it for machine washing and drying, although we are hearing that some customers are doing it with success.

      We feel that repeated washing may degrade the material.

      ***Please note, homemade masks are not a substitute or replacement for N95 medical equipment.***
      Please be advised that Oly*fun has not been tested or approved for medical use or filtration capabilities. Its effectiveness as a germ barrier is unknown.

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