We miss you Minneapolis!

A friend of ours recently mentioned the ‘Market Hangover’ and we think that’s pretty spot on. If you were in attendance, you know how full-on the weekend is. Constant meetings, miles of walking, hours of networking and tons of excitement about new products. It’s exhilarating, exciting and truly a fantastic experience! We had such a blast this time around. We loved meeting new designers, chatting with our customers and seeing all of the gorgeous booths boasting new fabric collections, trendy gadgets and expertly sewn and quilted pieces.

Were you following along throughout the weekend? Did you get to check out some of the photos? We’re including a little recap for you below, just in case;). I don’t know about you, but we might be scrolling back through the #quiltmarket stream on Instagram today — just can’t get enough!!

We have such a great team and couldn’t be more grateful for all that they did to make our booth in Minneapolis a success. They had fun, took care of business and got to meet loads of designers and customers. Lucky bunch! Among the designers pictured below: Christa Watson, Krista Hennebury, Rachel Clark, Kim Niedzwiecki, Linda Arye of Quilts for Kids, and Vanessa Lynch — special guest appearances by Wonder Woman and Batman (thanks Camelot!!).

Booths at Market:
Oh the beauty, the inspiration — there is nothing like a walk through the aisles of Market to get the creative juices flowing. Cloud9, Bari J, April Rhodes, Atkinson Designs, Pink Sand Beach Designs, Penguin & Fish, Alison Glass, Timeless Treasures, Around the Bobbin, Like Sew Websites, C&T Publishing… just a few of the spots we got to visit!

The extras — all sorts of loveliness:
From project tutorials right here on the Pellon® blog, to fabulous pins spotted on Instagram (woo hoo The Quilted Fish!) to an amazing Star Wars bag full of SF101 (gorgeous Melissa – @stillgonnashine!)

Thanks so much for following along with us. We’ll have more new projects and fun ideas for you soon and we’ll start the Houston Market countdown now!

We love Flex-Foam™!!

We already introduced Flex-Foam™ once, but we’re just so darn excited, we had to do it again;). It is currently on display in our booth at Quilt Market in Minneapolis and it’s getting loads of attention. If you haven’t heard yet, here is a bit of background about this brand new Pellon® product:


Flex-Foam™ is a lightweight sew-in stabilizer consisting of a layer of foam sandwiched between two layers of soft fabric. It can be used in place of or in addition to other stabilizers, is an absolute breeze to sew through and will add a soft shape and body to any project.


It is excellent for use in crafts, accessories, and home décor projects. We particularly love it for

  • handbags
  • camera cases
  • lunch totes
  • eyeglass cases
  • diaper bags
  • & storage baskets

but have a feeling that you’ll come up with your own fabulous uses for this great new product.

Flex-Foam™ is currently available at your local Jo-Ann stores as well as on joann.com. (in fact, a 10-yard board is on sale for $49.99 NOW!) You can also find it on amazon.com and it will soon be available at your preferred distributor and other Craft & Hobby stores!

We’ve already seen some gorgeous examples of Flex-Foam in a variety of handbags, two of which are on display right now in our booth in Minneapolis.

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L: Donna by Ann Daley – R: Evelyn by Crystal Chadwick
*both patterns by Swoon Sewing Pattern

This one recently popped up on Instagram as well — the Ex Libris Rockstar bag by Kristy Sachs of Rock Baby Scissors. Pattern by Sew Sweetness, fabric by Alison Glass. We are in LOVE!!!

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Though the Flex-Foam™ is fabulous for handbags, it is also fantastic for a variety of other projects. We just used it for a super simple iPad case. The foam padding is the perfect protectant to keep your device safe. Easy-peasy tutorial is below!


Supplies & Tools
Two 8-3/4″ x 11″ rectangles each of Pellon® FF77 Flex-Foam™, Pellon® SF101 Shape-Flex®, Exterior Fabric & Lining Fabric
One 6″ x 11″ rectangle each of White Fabric and Exterior Fabric
One 2″ x 11″ strip of Exterior Fabric for binding
Fabric Scraps for appliqué
One sheet Pellon® EZ25S EZ-Steam® II
One 11″ or longer zipper in coordinating color
Rotary Cutter & Related Supplies
Iron & Ironing Surface
Sewing Machine & Related Supplies

** 1/4″ seam allowance unless otherwise noted. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application of all interfacing & fusible web.


Step 1 – Gather supplies and cut fabrics.


Step 2 – Fold 2″ x 11″ strip in half lengthwise and press. Open and fold raw edges in to meet the fold. Press. Re-fold on center crease and press. Pin on either end to secure and set aside.

Step 3 – Determine desired appliqué. Rough cut around design. Cut a coordinating piece of EZ-Steam® II. Remove white backing of EZ-Steam® II and finger press to wrong side of appliqué. Cut out appliqué, remove gridded backing of EZ-Steam® II and finger press to right side of white back ground fabric. Cover with a damp press cloth and fuse.

Step 4 – Place 6″ x 11″ rectangles wrong sides together. Insert top 11″ end inside the binding strip created in Step 2. Pin.


Step 5 – Topstitch binding to secure.


Step 6 – Place Shape-Flex® rectangles against wrong sides of lining rectangles and fuse. Place Flex-Foam™ rectangles against wrong sides of exterior rectangles and baste around all sides with an 1/8″ seam allowance.


Step 7 – Place 6″ x 10″ appliqué unit with binding on right side of one exterior rectangle, matching raw edges. Baste in place.

Step 8 – Cut zipper to 10″ in length, making sure that zipper pull is within the 10″ length. secure cut end with a few stitches.

Step 9 – Place one exterior rectangle with right side up. Place zipper right side down on top of exterior rectangle, with zipper pull toward the left side, matching raw edges. Place one lining rectangle on top with right side down, matching raw edges. Pin.


Step 10 – Using a zipper foot, sew all layers together. Fold exterior and lining over, exposing zipper. Press and topstitch.


Step 11 – Repeat Steps 9 & 10 using the remaining exterior and lining rectangles.


Step 12 – Unzip the zipper about 1/2 – 3/4 of the way. Place exterior and lining rectangles right sides together and pin. Sew around full exterior, leaving a 3″ gap in the bottom edge of the lining. Clip corners and trim seams as needed.

Step 13 – Turn case right side out through opening. Carefully push out corners. Sew gap closed and push lining down into exterior.


Step 14 – Straighten case and insert iPad!



We’d love to hear what you think of the Flex-Foam™! Have fun and happy sewing!!



Muslin Gift Bag

One of our brand new products being showcased at Market is our Muslin. This staple fabric is a must-have for every sewing room, whether you’re making apparel ‘Muslins’ prior to cutting into your favorite fabric, or working on a brand new craft project. Pellon® Muslin is a cool, comfortable, and naturally smooth fabric. Made with 100% high Quality Cotton, it is practical and versatile for a variety of projects. It can also be decorated or printed to add a textured look. It is available in three different varieties:

  • Basic Muslin is 64×56 Thread Count using a 30 Thread
  • Choice Muslin is 60×60 Thread Count using a 30 Thread
  • Deluxe Muslin is 80×80 Thread Count using a 20 Thread


There are SO many things that you can do with Muslin, but to get you started, we thought we’d share a super simple, but super handy project… The Muslin Gift Bag. This one is SO incredibly easy, you could make a stack of them in under an hour. We chose to personalize ours with a bit of appliqué, but really, the type of decoration is up to you! Use your imagination;).


Supplies & Tools
Four 8″ x 10″ rectangles of Pellon® Muslin (any weight is fine!)
One Sheet of EZ-Steam® II
Scraps of a feature fabric for appliqué
Four 1/2″ wide fabric strips for closure
Rotary Cutter & Related Supplies
Iron & Ironing Surface
Sewing Machine & Related Supplies


Step 1 – Print out letters and shapes for appliqué. Trace onto the gridded side of the EZ-Steam® II. (If using letters, make sure to trace in reverse.)


Step 2 – Rough cut around shapes, remove white backing and finger press sticky side against wrong side of appliqué fabric.


Step 3 – Carefully cut each shape out, remove gridded backing and finger press into desired locations on one side of one 8″ x 10″ Muslin rectangle. Fuse.


Step 3 – Stack two 8″ x 10″ Muslin rectangles to create a more substantial bag. Fold one short edge in by 1/4″ inch and press. Fold in again by 1″ and press. Pin. Topstitch close to the fold. Repeat with remaining two Muslin rectangles.


Step 4 – Place the sets of Muslin rectangles right sides together, matching the folds that were created in Step 3. Trace a curved pattern on both bottom corners if so desired. Sew around the three raw edge sides, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end to secure.


Step 5 – Be sure not to stitch the open ends of the closure pockets.

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Step 6 – Cut four 1/2″ strips of coordinating fabric. Stack two, place a pin on one end, and thread through one closure pocket. Repeat with remaining two strips and opposite closure pocket.

Step 7 – Tie both interior and exterior strips together on each end. Grab the knotted interior strips on one side and the knotted exterior strips on the other and pull to cinch bag closed.


Easy Peasy!!


Happy Sewing!


Pellon® goes to Minneapolis

That’s right, it’s Quilt Market time!! Two times a year, we get to head to one of the industry’s biggest events… where companies, designers, educators and authors gather to share and talk about all of the wonderful new things that have developed. New fabric lines, handy gadgets, innovative patterns, and new product launches — it can be pretty exciting. Pellon® has a smaller booth than normal in Minneapolis, but it is jam-packed with greatness and we’re just as excited as always! For those of you not attending this weekend, we thought it only fair to give a little sneak peek into what’s happening, the products to watch out for and the projects that give them life.


Our booth — chock full of goodness!


Legacy by Pellon® Batting is one of our staples. We are known for our quality and wide variety of fibers. Quilters nationwide prefer Legacy by Pellon®. Learn more on our website and visit your local quilt shop to grab some of your own! Looking for a little inspiration to get you started? Our website has a wide range of quilt projects that are completely free to download, like the Sunny Crib Quilt by Karin Jordan of Leigh Laurel Studios, pictured above.


Pellon® interfacings have been around for over 50 years. They are the industry go-to and have become so well-known that many people use ‘Pellon’ to refer to interfacing in general, just as we may sometimes call a tissue a ‘Kleenex’. Over the years, our product line has expanded and we now offer a wide range of interfacings and stabilizers in the areas of Apparel, Crafts & Home Décor, Quilting, Fusible Webs & Adhesives and Embroidery. If you have a sewing project planned, we’ve got what you need to get that desired professional finish! Just look at the Mabel Vintage Handbag by Alicia Wietholter of Swoon Sewing Patterns. She used Peltex® to create that fantastic structure. The bag sample shown was sewn by Laurette Chandler.


Whether you’re looking for a basic polyester fill, a latex fill or the softest, most luxurious fill you’ve ever worked with… we’ve got you covered;). Seriously – Perfect Loft® is a personal favorite. It was once described as feeling like a pile of sleeping kittens… no joke! The Reading Corner Pouf project above was created by us for Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores using our Basic Fill. It is a quick project that will add a little personality to a child’s room or even a classroom.


Our packaged interfacings make everything more convenient. In a rush and need some SF101 to finish up a project? No problem! Run to your local Fabric & Craft store, hit the packaged notions aisle, grab what you need and head to the check-out. No more waiting in the cutting line! The Reversible Placements by Karin Jordan of Leigh Laurel Studios (pictured above) are a quick and easy project that can be made with a package of 987F!


We’ve been working on expanding our offerings and have added Fabric Magic® and Cheesecloth in the past few years. New for Market is our Muslin! Stay tuned for more on Muslin this afternoon;).


Last, but not least… it’s the Belle of the Ball: Flex-Foam™. It’s been out for 2 months, is just starting to gain wider distribution and is, by far, one of the most talked about new release stabilizers we’ve had. It seems everyone is looking for yardage and it’s no wonder… this product is, quite possibly, the perfect stabilizer for a wide variety of handbags. Flex-Foam™ is a lightweight sew-in stabilizer consisting of a layer of foam sandwiched between two layers of soft fabric.

The big Market news? We’ll have a fusible version of this fab product coming soon! Seriously, once you start using this, you’ll never want to use anything else!!

Grab some handbag inspiration over at Swoon Sewing Patterns. The bag pictured above is the Evelyn, expertly sewn using by Melissa Magruder. (Oh — and there really is Flex-Foam™ in there!!)

Need a little extra inspiration? These two bags are currently on display in our booth:

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L: Donna by Ann Daley – R: Evelyn by Crystal Chadwick
*both patterns by Swoon Sewing Patterns

If you’re in Minneapolis, we’d love to see you! Swing on by the booth, check everything out in person, ask us anything! We are here for you!

The ‘I’m Missing Market Giveaway’ — Minneapolis!!


Market starts today and thousands of industry creatives will descend upon the Minneapolis Convention Center for Spring Quilt Market. But the rest of us? We’re at work, at home, running errands… scrolling longingly through the endless Instagram posts showcasing carefully constructed booths, brand new fabric collections, hot new products and more. Don’t get too green with envy! We’ve teamed up with Aurifil & Moda Fabrics to bring you a fab giveaway that will help chase away those ‘Missing Market’ blues!

 The prize includes:

To enter-to-win, simply click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page or click on the image below. Entries will be accepted from now through 5pm Central time on May 17th! Good luck, have fun, and happy creating!!


Meet us in Minneapolis!!


Somehow, Quilt Market sneaks up on us every time. It’s here, our bags are packed and we’re on our way! We’re super excited about what we’ve got in store for you this time — a few brand new products, some fun new tutorials and a big ol’ giveaway, which we’ll announce tomorrow. We hope you’ll follow along with us throughout the weekend. It’s going to be a fun one!

First things first… let’s go over some basic info;).

Spring Quilt Market, 2015 — Minneapolis, MN
May 14: Schoolhouses! (Already completed) & Sample Spree 8-10pm in Ballroom AB
May 15-17: Trade Show, Pellon Booth 1237

Handy Links: Show Info, Complete Class CatalogueFull Exhibitor List, Floor Plan
Fun Apps: Quilt Market App, Tint (keep up with Twitter & Instagram all in one place!)


Will you be in attendance? We hope you’ll stop by to say hello!!


International Quilt Festival 2014

Market may be over, but International Quilt Festival is just getting started! Are you in Houston? We hope that you’ll come see us at booth #352!


The Pellon/Legacy booth with loads of goodies!! (I spy the Snooze Dog Bed, Reversible Fabric Storage Bins & the Sunny Crib Quilt)

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from L to R: Legacy Longarm Distributors Jacki Bennett (Michigan), Victoria Rondeau (Florida), China Oiler (Houston) & Pellon‘s Darlene Christopherson.

Houston Quilt Market 2014 — Insul-Film™


One of the things that we love most about Quilt Market is having the opportunity to introduce new products to the marketplace. This time around, we’re happy to introduce Insul-Film™!!

Insul-Film™ is a thin sheeting that provides insulation for hot and cold barrier projects. It is lightweight and flexible making it perfect for a variety of projects that need temperature control without the bulk of an insulative fleece. It is excellent for use in wine totes, ice pouches, window coverings, marathon blankets, jackets, and gloves. It is made of 100% Metalized Polypropylene and is completely sewing machine safe.

In honor of the introduction, we thought it fitting to share a quick-and-easy project that shows a perfect use for Insul-Film™… an Oven Mitt! Sure, you could use Insul-Fleece™, but for this particular project, we want to add a layer of batting on either side of the insulative layer. Using Insul-Fleece™ could be a bit too bulky, making Insul-Film™ the natural alternative.


Supplies & Tools
1 Fat Quarter each of 2 different patterned fabrics
1/4 yard Pellon® 940 Insul-Film™
1/2 yard Pellon® Nature’s Touch 100% Natural Cotton Batting
Paper for pattern tracing
Sewing Machine & Related Supplies

Step 1 — Place your hand or another oven mitt onto a blank piece of paper. Roughly trace  to create the mitt shape, making sure to leave lots of extra space. Make adjustments as needed. (We used craft paper, but would recommend using Pellon® 830 Easy-Pattern® if you plan to make multiple mitts.)

Step 2 — Cut mitt shape out, adding 1/2″ for seam allowance.


Step 3 — Assemble remaining materials. Cut two rectangles each from exterior fabric, lining fabric and Insul-Film™ and four rectangles from the batting. Rectangles should be larger than mitt template.


Step 5 — To create a fabric ‘sandwich’, place one exterior and one lining rectangle wrong sides together with two batting rectangles and one Insul-Film™ rectangle in between. The Insul-Film™ should be in the center.


Step 6 — Quilt as desired.


Step 7 — Trace the mitt template onto the lining side of one unit. Flip the template over and trace onto the lining side of the second unit. Cut both out. See above image for an example of how the edges sandwich looks once cut.


Step 8 — To create binding, cut two rectangles that are 2″ wide x (length of straight edge of mitt).

Step 9 — Place one rectangle right sides together with the lining of one mitt, so that raw edges are aligned. Stitch with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Fold binding down and press seam.

Step 10 — Fold raw edge of binding rectangle in by 1/2″. Pull folded edge around to the front  and pin. Zig Zag stitch to finish. Trim ends to match edges of each mitt.


Step 11 — Place mitts right sides together and pin.

Step 12 — Sew around the entire mitt shape, leaving the bound edge open. Clip curves as needed and zig zag stitch the raw edges to finish.


Step 13 — Turn mitt right side out and press.



Free pdf downloads:
CampBlanket Insul-Film

Houston Quilt Market 2014 — Sara Lawson

Another peek at a market booth that we LOVE!


Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness has been a project designer for Pellon for over 3 years. She was really one of the first to work with us and has contributed over 10 patterns to our project library, including some of her signature handbags. Over the last 3 years, Sara has grown by leaps and bounds. She now has her own line of patterns, released Big City Bags last year, and collaborated with Art Gallery Fabrics on her first fabric collection, Jungle Ave. We are incredibly excited for Sara and can’t help but grin from ear to ear with every new success that she has.

This is her second time with a booth at Quilt Market and we think it’s absolutely lovely! If you’re in Houston, make sure to pop by and say hello — she is at booth #1766.

Here are a few of Sara’s projects for Pellon: (click on the image to head to the project page)

FrouFrou LindsayTote PixieHexi RedPoppy UrbanJungle


Houston Quilt Market 2014 — Freebies!!


If you were to visit our booth at Houston Quilt Market this weekend, you’d find a wide array of project and product info sheets, FREE for the taking! For those of you following along at home, we’re offering pdf downloads:). See below for more and click on the images to view the downloadable pdf.

CountingBags SnoozeDogBEd CampBlanket
GiftBagTotes HotAirBalloonMobile ILovePellonStocking
PocketfulofSpring PotatoZapper ReversibleFabricStorageBin


EZSteamInfosheet Buckram Cambric
ForeverLoft Insul-Film KnitNStable
Legacy6040 PetBedInsert TackNFuse

Happy Quilting, Sewing & Crafting!! Let us know if you have any questions!!