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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can see below how well this basket is standing on its own without even being sewn or encouraged into a square shape.
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…..<
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.<
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.
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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!!