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
- 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.
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!!!
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!!