The Hour Basket with Pellon Fusible Flex-Foam

*the giveaway is now closed*Hour Basket with Pellon Fusible Flex-Foam

Pellon has a really exciting brand new product available:  Flex – Foam.  I think you are going to like it!
Pellon® Flex-Foam™ is a lightweight stabilizer consisting of a layer of foam sandwiched between two layers of soft fabric. It is excellent for use in crafts, accessories, and home décor projects for an elegant finished look. It can be used in place of or in addition to other stabilizers. Flex-Foam is a breeze to sew through and adds shape and body to projects such as computer cases, eyeglass cases, purses, tote bags, cup holders, diaper bags, and more! It is compatible with a wide variety of fabrics. It is available as a sew-in, a 1-sided fusible or a 2-sided fusible. Available 20” on the board and 60” on the roll in all of your favorite stores.
Hour Basket with Pellon Fusible Flex-Foam
I was lucky enough to get some advance product to test it out and I decided to make my good friend, Kelly’s, Hour Basket.  This is a free pattern that Kelly has offered and I know tons of you have already downloaded it and made it.  But I’m COMPLETELY sold on making this with Fusible Flex Foam.  Love it.  Seriously.
Hour Basket with Pellon Fusible Flex-Foam
I used a precious piece of fabric I own for my basket…a fat quarter size piece of fabric cut from an old Orla Kiely table cloth sold at Target YEARS ago.  So, sorry!  Good luck finding any!  I used Kelly’s pattern and cut my pieces of foam and fabric to size.  And easy peasy, I fused the fabric to the Foam.  I used the one sided Fusible Flex-Foam because I added a lining that was separate from the base of the basket.  To sew the pieces together, I broke out my Clover Wonder clips. (If you don’t own these you should!!)  And this was the first time that I wanted the jumbo version actually.  But the regular ones worked really well to hold these layers together.

 

Hour Basket with Pellon Fusible Flex-Foam
I used a foot that could accommodate some bulk…any kind of dual feed foot system or walking foot should do fine.  It was super easy to sew over this.  I was really surprised by that.  I expected it to be more difficult.

 

Hour Basket with Pellon Fusible Flex-Foam
Following the steps of Kelly’s pattern, I again used my clips to start sewing box into three dimensions.  Again, this was so much easier than I anticipated.  The foam moved so easily into this shape.  I did finger press my seams open as you can see to help eliminate any bulk and match my seams easier.

 

Hour Basket with Pellon Fusible Flex-Foam
You can see below how well this basket is standing on its own without even being sewn or encouraged into a square shape.

 

Hour Basket with Pellon Fusible Flex-Foam 

I added the lining as per the instructions and again broke out the wonder clips (seriously…buy these) to hold the edges of the two together.  I was pretty easily able to put this under my machine foot and sew all the way around the edge.   The next step which you don’t see is always the trickiest when making any lined bag…pulling the whole bag through a small opening in the bottom of the lining.  There was some tugging that went on, but again…not painful. (I may have a hidden fear of bags lol…I’m realizing that as I write this).  It all turned perfectly and…..

Hour Basket with Pellon Fusible Flex-Foam

I am SO HAPPY with my new basket!!  This is a really good size basket.  I know people who made these for Easter Baskets last year for their kids and I understand why now.  I personally took a note from Kelly and chose to fill mine with bundles of precuts.  I’ve got a huge F8th bundle and two Fat Quarter Bundles in there.

Hour Basket with Pellon Fusible Flex-Foam

 

I couldn’t be happier with it!!  I did a little hand pressing on the sides to encourage the foam into shape, but it did not need much.  It has a beautiful shape empty (I just like it filled with fabric!)
Overall, I was very impressed with the fusible flex-foam and would use it again in a heart beat.  I was particularly impressed with how well the fabric fused to the foam.  There is no rippling in the fabric on the foam…I hate when that happens with interfacing.  I’m sure that is user error, but I had no user error here. I just have a beautiful finished product.

Hour Basket with Pellon Fusible Flex-Foam

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*the giveaway is now closed*

Congrats to the winner! #189 AnnetteSeptember 12, 2015 at 7:31 PM

I’m not sure if I could be gluten-free. I love pasta too much!

And now for the giveaway!!

 Pellon is offering one lucky winner a package of 1 yard cuts of each of the three varieties of Flex-Foam. 

To enter, just leave a comment below.  I’ve recently gone Gluten free for health reasons and may do a Paleo diet in the future.  So if you have any tips on healthy eating I’d love to hear those….or tell me why you could never do it! lol    Good luck!!

And don’t miss out on the whole tour.  There will be giveaways all along the way!

9/8 – Pellon

 

9/10 – Cut to Pieces
9/11 – My Crafty Crap
9/13 – Pellon
9/15 – Sew Sweetness
9/18 – Pellon

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212 thoughts on “The Hour Basket with Pellon Fusible Flex-Foam

  1. Yay, hope I win! I tried Paleo and it was challenging, but the lack of sugar crashes was awesome. My tip, always always always toast your nuts. It doesn't take much time and really brings out the flavor. Good luck!

  2. I have this pattern, it's on my list! Yours turned out beautifully!
    I don't know anything about paleo diets but I know I need lots of protein along with my veggies to feel my best. And chocolate! Dark chocolate!

  3. Ooh this looks interesting! I'd love to try it out!

    Paleo is not for me because I don't care to live without cheese. Keto or other low carbs diets allow cheese are much easier for me to stick to!

  4. I would love to try these products, thank you for the chance to win. I think it is time for me to do a paleo diet again, for me I am healthiest eating whole foods without the junk added in. It takes some time to plan and prepare, give some thought to making healthy snacks ready to go as it is, at least for me, harder to stop to prepare a snack than grab something not on the list.

  5. The one hr basket is great! thank you for the tutorial! My daughter and I vegan and she is gluten free (I monitor how much gluten I eat) -good luck and congrats on a healthier diet!

  6. The Flex Foam looks like a wonderful product and your basket is gorgeous. We have been doing low carb eating since January and it has been good for our weight and our energy levels. One of my favorite snacks is flavored almonds. I like the Triple Chocolate ones. If you are not familiar with them, they have what appears to be cocoa powder on them and are nutritionally about the same as plain almonds — but more delicious. Not sure if they fit the Paleo concept or not.

  7. Sorry about being gluten-free. My MIL recently found out she needs to have a gluten-free diet and she misses certain things, but better than the alternative?
    Love the basket though and thank you for the chance

  8. Hi! Your basket is smashing! I have seen this pattern around but not attempted it yet. It looks like the foam is really wonderful and I would love to try it.

    As for healthy eating, I do not follow a paleo lifestyle directly but because of the way I do choose to eat which is also very healthy, I find that a lot of the recipes I gravitate to are paleo ones. The truth is that when I stopped focussing on All the foods I couldn't eat (because of ingredients I need to avoid) I started to discover all the foods I COULD eat. There are tons and tons of resources out there and with some effort I have built up quite an arsenal of recipes I like. You will too! Good luck.

  9. Thanks for the tutorial. I have been doing the eat to live diet by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. I have modified it to meet my needs but check it out.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win. I would love to try this pellon foam as I am trying to encourage myself to make some bags – usuallu doesn't go well for me

    Thanks again,
    Brenda T

  10. Love the foam. Have seen it in other projects and have yet to try it. I am a professional dieter. Have tried everything and I keep coming back to the age old adage, "everything in moderation." I have increased my proteins and decreased my carbs (not eliminated) and have managed to lose 97 lbs over the last year and a half. I don't do any formal exercise, and that is something I have to work on if I can pull myself away from my sewing machine long enough. Follow the leading of the Lord. It's the best way if you want to change your life!! Blessings!
    j_dobler@msn.com

  11. Great basket! I wish you luck going gluten free. I think there are so many options now! I love real pasta too much to ever do that. I am fortunate that I don't have a gluten allergy or celiac disease. Happy eating!

    lenelson(at)mail(dot)com

  12. I can't wait to get some FlexFoam. I've been waiting for it forever. I love Soft and Stable too, none of these products is available locally unfortunately. Your basket looks great. I was thinking about using foam on a one hour basket. Thanks for doing it!

  13. I have been waiting for this to come to a shop near me, and would love to win some yardage to get started experimenting! I'll probably start with a 1 hr basket, seeing as I've never made one!

  14. I have been waiting for this to come to a shop near me, and would love to win some yardage to get started experimenting! I'll probably start with a 1 hr basket, seeing as I've never made one!

  15. I have been waiting for this to come to a shop near me, and would love to win some yardage to get started experimenting! I'll probably start with a 1 hr basket, seeing as I've never made one!

  16. We are mostly vegan so paleo doesn't work for us! But I think eating "whole" foods and less processed foods is good – though it takes more time. Luckily my husband is a good cook or we'd eat clif bars every night for dinner

  17. Love the tote! We've been GF for a year and a half, it's all good. I bought a ton of flour/wheat substitutes, but don't even use them because we seldom want bread of other baked goods anymore, and there are so many GF products available, like Bisquick and brownie mix 😉 Good luck, you'll be glad you did.

  18. I don't know that I have tips for healthy eating but I have had to be GF for over 5 years now… I guess my thing would be that my favourite all around for frozen breads is Udi's… their products are pretty darned great 🙂 Good luck!

  19. Good luck on the diet. I tried some of this foam a couple of weeks ago after seeing it at my local Hancocks, and I LOVED it!! I used some for a zipped case swap I'm doing on Instagram, and the rest on a one hour basket to gift to a friend, meaning, I have no foam left for myself. Isn't that always the way? So I'd love to win this giveaway and make myself a purse. And my step-daughter a diaper bag, and…

  20. I have a pretty restricted diet, so I always keep something in my purse for times when I'm STARVING and can't quickly get anything that I can eat. I LOVE the snack subscription Graze- the portions are perfect, they're sealed and portable, and you can customize or any food preferences or restrictions!

  21. This looks easy to use and love the stability that it has. I have done the paleo diet and there are a few really good websites with recipes and breakfast egg dish was the easiest for me. I should get back on track now too so good luck!

  22. Thanks for the review. I've used other stabilizers before and some can be very difficult to work with. Best of luck on your new diet. I can't offer any advice but would like to know if you feel better going gluten free. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  23. Oh, I would love to try this and would make the same basket with some of my special hoarded fabric. As for gluten-free, it's a great time to give it a try as there are so many choices in the grocery store and online recipes galore. I tried some pretzels last week and they were so, so good!

  24. Holy cow, that stuff looks cool! We could never do gluten free or Paleo because my daughter has severe egg, peanut, and tree nut allergies. It is possible to cook gluten free without eggs but it is not easy. Paleo would be hard too because of her diary restrictions. Best of luck to you!

  25. I can't wait to try the new fusible foam! It looks amazing!
    I probably won't ever go gluten or paleo, just because I have the world's pickiest eaters in my house and any change in flavor or texture leads to battles!

  26. This looks like an amazing new product and I'm anxious to try it out, maybe on Noodlehead's divided basket. I have the pattern, just haven't made it yet. I can't offer advice on your diet. I am in the middle of eating healthier foods trying to lose weight, but I don't know what the Paleo is…. I'll have to look at that.

  27. Wow, this Pellon product makes that bag stand up beautifully. And that Orla table cloth score on your part is a grand slam! I'll have to keep my eyes open at the thift stores… As for Paleo, my daughter, son and his girlfriend did the "Whole 30" protocol earlier this year with fine results. All three were looking quite buff at the end of the days. Warning though: you have to spend more time in the kitchen…

  28. This looks like a great way to store all my patterns on my shelf! The foam flex looks really great to work with – and wonder clips are fabulous!
    I'm trying to eat a low carb diet with no processed foods – my doctor informed me that carbs are like poison to someone your age – should I have been offended? LOL

  29. We have started using spaghetti squash in place of regular spaghetti noodles and I do not miss them! Also, butternut squash soup is fab! Thanks for the tutorial. I have a fear of bag making too but you are pretty encouraging about this stuff so maybe,with some of this foam I would be able to try to make one.

  30. Love the project. The gives it great stability. I don't know much about gluten-free eating. I do know that people who have reduced or given up wheat products feel so much better. Good luck!
    Tracinecharest at gmail dot com

  31. That is quite a nifty basket you have made. I would love to try out this new foam stabilizer. I love making bags and baskets for all kinds of uses. Thanks for the opportunity, as well as the tip on unexpected fabric 'findings'. How smart of you to use a tablecloth for yardage.

  32. This basket was the first thing I thought to make when I saw this new foam. I've made 6, with different interfacings, and think this would hold it's shape best without being a struggle to turn right side out at the end. As for the Paleo diet, I don't think the cave men had cheese, so it would be difficult for me! Good luck to you though! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

  33. I would love to win! Quite frankly, I feel that if you need to change your diet for health reasons, you should, but the majority of people will do just fine if, IF, they eat a normal, healthy diet.

  34. I've never tried to eliminate any one thing from my diet. I just use moderation and sometimes severe moderation. If I tell myself I can't have it it only makes me want it more. Good luck with this diet journey!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  35. I love how your basket came out! We are big on organic, local, seasonal whole foods at our house – we cook dinner from scratch pretty much every night. We are huge pasta eaters (Mediterranean diet!) so I don't think I could ever do gluten-free or paleo but I don't have any of the health issues that those are supposed to help out.

  36. It helps me to cut up veggies and leave them in the fridge, since I tend to go from ok to desperately hungry in a hurry! Awesome basket! Thanks for the chance to win- this looks like a great product!

  37. Totally! A whole buncha patterns I've wanted to make lately (bags!) call for this or something similar. Would LUV to try. My hot-paleo-tip is bone broth (great recipe on nom nom paleo). ESP easy (and so good) in a pressure cooker. You can do it!

  38. I would love to try this!! I have health issues and mainly to do with thyroid. I am attempting to do AIP and the menu is pretty bleak. My husband has allergies to a ton of vegetables so we are really in a bind. I have cut all dairy and have been working on all grains. The book Against all grains is pretty good and should help you. We find there are tons of cross contaminates from grains so be careful and gluten free doesn't mean it is good or good for you.

  39. I am itching to try this! And I really want to make that basket! Good luck with your new diet. Being neither paleo nor gluten-free, I don't have any tips for you. But, thanks for the chance to win!

  40. My daughter has endometriosis and she has gone gluten free and now she is doing the Paleo to help with symptoms. I think it is working since she is able to exercise twice a day after having a portion of her ovary removed in early July. I hope you have great results too!

  41. I've had the 1 hour basket pattern printed out forever to make one but haven't been able to find the right type of interfacing to use so it stands up like yours does. I'd LOVE to win some of this product so I can make myself some of these baskets.
    Peggy in NJ

    As for the Paleo….a friend of mine had wonderful results using the program. She had a lot of help from their online food ordering program.

  42. the bag looks great I have to clips, love them
    the paleo diet… My daughter has UC and went on this diet. it was hard at first, she had to give up lots of food that she loves especially pasta and breads. but she stuck with it for 30 days and lost 12 lbs.
    now she's gluten free and it's really helping her UC
    joan in GA

  43. I had to eliminate gluten from my diet about three years ago. It hasn't been easy, but a large part of that has more to do with dealing with multiple food allergies. Gluten free products are relatively easy to find, although they tend to be very expensive and often lack flavour or have texture issues. Nicole Hunn's Gluten Free on a Shoestring blog (http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/) has been a lifesaver. She also has 3 cookbooks. Everything I've made from her recipes has been delicious. And, I don't mean "good, considering it's gluten free". Good luck.

  44. I really must try this new product! I am getting excited looking at the fun stuff. In the past I have gone to Bosal for a product like this, it will be fun to try something new.

    I have trouble eating healthy because a) fat and sugar taste so damned good and b) the area where I work is a comfort-food leaning foodie sort of area… hard to find anything that is actually good for you.

    rtgandy at gmail

  45. I've been gf for ten years due to celiac. The best bread I've eaten are Udi's and Rudi's. Some Costcos even carry the large loaves of Udi's. Against the grain makes a good pizza crust. K toos are close to Oreos if you need a cookie fix. And I am so happy that Chex and Cheerios are gf.

  46. Great info on the basket and fusible foam. I can't wait to try it. As for the diet, cut out any processed stuff first, and make your own baked goods. It's a quick step to get back to more natural foods, and you'll feel better. I can't talk about Paleo, as I haven't tried it, but there seems to be lots of recipes. Have fun finding your need eating plan!

  47. Anxious to try Flex-Foam and best wishes with a GF and Paleo diet. My sister has had to eat this diet for 25 yrs due to allergies. She is thrilled to find all the options she has today that weren't available in the past.

  48. Lots of beans (pinto, black, garbanzo, . . and pasta under the brand name Banza made from garbanzo beans) and greens–good for anyone wanting to eat healthy. And not as boring as it sounds 🙂 Watch out for some of the gf foods–a lot of them are full of artificial sweeteners and lousy fats. Thanks for a tutorial of how to stitch up this foam–looks a little intimidating, but your words are very calming 🙂

  49. One of the most difficult parts of a gf diet is eating out. Try to research the restaurant online for gf offerings before going, or ask if the restaurant has a gf menu upon arrival. I also ask the server if they or the kitchen is aware of what's gf if no other info is available.

  50. Love Pellon products! I can't wait to try the fusible Flex-foam in a basket. I've also been trying to eat healthy but the hardest thing for me is deciding what to make and having enough variety in my meals so I don't get bored eating the same thing all the time. I've been trying out the Paleo plan and Clean Eating plans on emeals.com – so easy.

  51. This looks fantastic. My healthy eating tip; cauliflower, cooked and mashed, makes a good substitute for rice. Mixed with ricotta cheese it's a little like mashed potatoe.

  52. I have been waiting to try this Pellon product. It seems perfect for so many products. Good luck with the gluten free diet. I've been thinking about trying it myself. I have fibromyalgia and have heard it could help some. Thanks for the give-a-way.

  53. Angela , you are right on time w/the Flex Fuse Pellon as I just bought some today after a customer at local craft store was raving about it's versatility. I'll be using it in a tote bag for me, using one of Noodlehead's patterns (Gingham Tote from her Handmade Style book). I love your tips for pressing, ease of sewing with and your basket is perfect:) Thank you so much for sharing.

    Go Paleo! I do and it's eliminated and eased much of my pain and discomfort w/osteoporosis and arthritis; rid of a lot of my inflammation. Check out their website and subscribe to the newsletter. You get free recipes and menu planning, etc with easy prep and cook dishes as well as tasty and simple snacks.

    schimmel.db@gmail.com

  54. Looks fabulous!!! I do have Hancock Fabrics near me so will watch for it there!!! Just over two years ago we watched the movie Forks Over Knives and began our food journey into Plant-based Whole Foods. I couldn't have survived without help from Dr John McDougall's Program (The Starch Solution, his newsletter and website full of Success Stories) and Lindsey Nixon – The Happy Herbivore cookbooks. I've lost weight, feel tons healthier, sleep better, more energy, no more arthritis/swollen joints. Almost daily I use the Forks Over Knives app on my phone for great recipes and nutritional guidance. Best advice I've heard on taking a food journey is "progress not perfection". May you be blessed as you seek good health!!!

  55. This looks like a GREAT new product. Can't wait to give it a try. I have been on a diet since January and have lost 35 pounds so far. My plan was to eliminate all "white carbs" and by doing so I ended up with a gluten free diet. I have really enjoyed it and I am feeling very good!

  56. I can't wait to try this foam- it looks like just what I need! I'm not gluten free or paleo, but my best healthy eating tip is to not snack between meals (my big downfall). If you get hungry, drink a glass of water and find something else to do. Many thanks!

  57. You should only be gluten-free if you have celiac disease.
    When the gluten is removed it is replaced with not-nice stuff.
    I think the best diet is moderation and a variety of foods.
    I love what the Pellon does for that basket. I would love to get my hands on some.
    What is the price range?

  58. I offer this advice eat a rainbow. If it comes in a box or a bag and has words on it you can't pronounce don't eat it. I have Celiac and it's a pain but I have learned to eat fruits and veggies and fresh stuff, rice and beans and finally feel wonderful. You can do it. Watch those weird waters, juices and soda is a killer.

  59. I have been wanting to make this basket and Pellon's new product may move it to the top of my to make list. Thanks for adding the comments on how you adjusted the original pattern.
    Renragjdatgmaildotcom

  60. We also had to go GF (and dairy free) because of allergies and other health reasons. We now eat LOTS of fruits and vegetables. Have you looked at the 80-10-10 diet? We are doing something like that, but with some meat at the end of our day. Good luck, it can be overwhelming to start, but it does get easier.

  61. your basket is lovely. good luck on eating gluten free. I am doing the same for health reasons. I look at all labels for there is wheat everywhere. check out the different names for wheat flour. Research Paleo well before you start. I have found that I will use a lot of recipes but I have chosen to go low carbs. and low sugars. This for me is by far better and healthier.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

  62. Gorgeous Basket! I haven't done Paleo, but I've done several Whole 30's which is similar if not a bit more restricted. My greatest discovery has been the company TesseMae's who make all natural sauces, marinades and dressings. They have a pull down on their website so you can filter by "diet". I'm also a huge fan of LaCroix waters at Target and the individual packs of Guacamole at the grocery store. I'm now a Guac addict! Good luck with the changes.

  63. Would love to try this product! I'm going to see if I can find it in a shop around here.

    Don't really have any healthy eating habits for you. Good luck on going gluten free. I'm happy to see there are more products available now than there have been in the past!

    Sandy A

  64. I have two children and a daughter-in-law that are gluten free and I'm mostly gluten free. It's a big change but not really all that hard. There are a lot of new products but be careful some of it is just plain junk food just like it's gluten filled variety. That said do try the healthy ones, there are some really good ones. Read and reread the labels and you will be okay.

  65. One of my step daughters has been on the Paleo diet for more than a year. She lost the excess weight she had and is the best shape of her life. She used to be someone who never saw a vegetable that she liked.

  66. Your basket turned out just perfect using the Flex-Foam. I'm seriously going to have to buy some of the 1-sided fusible and make some baskets, too.
    Gluten-free is supposed to be very healthy for you… I never heard of Paleo outside of Archeology. Good luck.

  67. WOW! This new product looks just like what I have been waiting for.
    Would love to give it a try..and find out where it will be sold.
    I am Gluten Free and have been for years. The first months are the
    hardest then it gets to be the norm. You just have to find out what
    upsets you and what you can eat. There are a lot of Gluten Free products online
    and on your grocery shelves. Just takes time to check them all out. Good Luck!

  68. LOVE your Basket…and the fabric you used is Perfect!! Awesome job!! Thanks for all the info & Tutorial! Would definitely make some Baskets for my Quilty things! & Thanks for chance to win your give-a-way too! 🙂

  69. I've been on a GF diet for about 7 years now and I still have rough days. But there's so many options now so it's much easier! Anything done by Pamela's brand is good and I think that Udi's is the best gluten-free bread that you can buy pre-made. I hate cooking and baking so I use a lot of those products. However, if you are interested in it, make sure to use a lot of different flours and not just one because that makes it taste weird and gives it a weird texture, too. Look for recipes with a few different kinds of flours.

  70. My eating guideline is to eat a straight-forward assortment of food. Use real foods. Avoid artificial colorings, artificial flavorings, and preservatives as much as possible. — soparkaveataoldotcom

  71. My daughter is allergic to gluten, dairy and eggs, and she decided to go vegan on top of that!! I try and keep cooked rice in the frig that she can use in place of wheat products. Jasmine rice is the BEST!! If you like breakfast cereal, Rice and Corn Chex and Rice Crispies are safe. Oh, and tortilla chips w/ taco salad is a great dinner idea (my favorite!) Just read labels, and more whole food cooking as compared w/ prepared foods. Here is a link to my daughter's pinterest board. You do need to check out the recipes and their ingredients because she's pinned some things that might have gluten, but the recipe is a take-off for a gluten free recipe. Good luck!! Hugs, H in Healdsburg https://www.pinterest.com/helenlebrett/gluten-dairy-egg-free/

  72. Love the tutorial, I need good visuals when sewing bags! I hate yanking it through the tiny hole too! I'm fascinated by all the diet tips everyone has shared, good luck with your diet!

  73. Love your bag! And the fabric, of course 🙂 As for Paleo, I've done 2 rounds of Whole30 and love the way I feel with it. There are tons of really good recipe books out there and some ways to make it easy as well. Costco and Trader Joe's are where I shop now because they have a ton of organic meat and veggie options, some with very little cooking required. Also, Wholly Guacamole comes in individual little packs, so if you like guacamole those are amazing. I pretty much eat them with every meal! It is extra cooking, but it's completely worth it in my book. Good luck!!

  74. Great basket, good job! Going gluten free is very tough, but if you can make through at least ten days you can keep it up. When I first cut out all whites, sugars, yeast etc… I was in agony from head to toe for the first three days… who knew you could go through withdrawals from all that? I will say though, after I got past that I started feeling much better, physically, emotionally and mentally. Here's wishing you success with going gluten free.

  75. Love your basket, such a great review if the new Flex Foam. I've been a vegetarian for about 20 years, I feel healthy & happy. Good luck with your diet, I think that whatever makes you happy & feels right is a good way to go.

  76. Your basket is beautiful and handy! I love the way it stands up so sturdily. (Is that a word?) As for healthy eating, I bought a CSA share this summer for the first time, and that big box of vegetables every week (some I didn't even recognize) encouraged us to learn new menu ideas. Our goal was to use all the vegetables in one box before it was time to pick up the next box, so we ate a lottttt of vegetables, and froze some vegetable-based soups and entrees to eat this fall. I can't say I loved everything, but I'm eating my vegetables!

  77. Good luck with that – I am supposed to be going low carb, but it is a struggle with a busy schedule as carbs are so quick to prep. Trying cauliflower cream today for a soup recipe – something different.

  78. I don't usually deprive myself of food, but I do try to eat in moderation. And I exercise every day. My new thing is to try and stand up while working on the computer.

  79. Your basket is awesome! I would love making some for my sewing room. I feel so decadent saying that – a whole room for my sewing! But, hey, it's one of the perks of an empty nest. I can't help you with the Paleo diet but I admire your bravery if you decide to try it! Thank you for the giveaway!
    Beth

  80. Really love the way the basket looks using the Fusible Flex Foam. Beautiful fabric choice as well.

    As far as the Paleo diet, I can't help much, but wish you great success considering you've done so for a health reason. Me? Could never do that. I'm way too addicted to all things gluten. Well, not so much addicted since I can go days without eating bread or things with gluten, but cutting them out completely, I'd have withdrawals I'm afraid.

  81. I had to go gluten free because I was diagnosed with Celiac. I don't know if I have as many restrictions as you might–I just have to cut out gluten. BUT–my number one tip is to buy America's Test Kitchen's GF cookbook. They have another one coming out in October. It's amazing. I just made cupcakes and couldn't tell they were GF, and some of the recipes are better than regular. It's really great. Their flour blend is a little starchy, but I tend to not bake as much as I used to, so it's okay. Millet is a great whole grain that can be used in many of the same applications as rice, but will provide more nutrients. And polenta is great for when you need a pasta sauce fix, but GF pasta just doesn't sound appealing (because it costs 4x as much and isn't as good…). Udi's bread is my favorite, but it's not great either–I eat a lot less bread than I used to. And Snyder's makes GF pretzels that are quite good. There are some nice crackers by a company called Milton's I think that are pretty good. My family snitches them from my bag. It's tempting, but avoid buying replacement junk food and focus on eating whole foods and you'll be fine. Good luck! It's really not so bad, although I seriously still mourn gluten every once in a while.

  82. Love this basket!
    The best gluten free cookbook around is the one by America's Test Kitchen. With their special flour mix and recipes you can't tell they aren't made with regular flour. I also like using corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas. An easy switch and they have way more fiber.

  83. I love the basket. The foam looks like a great product. I have been wanting to make on of Noodlehead's divided baskets so when I do I will try the flex foam.

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