Flex-Foam is almost here!

I was lucky enough to get to try out some 1-sided fusible Pellon Flex-Foam before it launches (it’ll be in all Hancock Fabric stores on September 14th!). I thought it would be a perfect time to update the very first Swoon pattern, the Ethel Tote. The pattern has been completely re-written with new diagrams and a new design.

First, here’s Pellon’s description of the foam:

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*. 

My first thoughts on the foam were that it is just slightly stiffer than the sew-in version, which is usual with fusible versions. The fusible glue seems to add just that little bit of extra support.

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The fusible is a teensy bit thicker than the sew-in Flex-Foam. (The fusible on the bottom)

It measures about 3/16″ thick.

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Cutting is a breeze, but the best part is that it fuses faster than Shape-flex (no, really, it does). A few seconds and bam, fused. Just be sure to fuse from the right side of the fabric. Like its sew-in counterpart, it is pliable and easily manipulated…

…yet stiff enough to stand up just fine.

It was very easy to sew. And like most fusibles, it can crinkle when bent (think turning a bag right side out), but a quick press gets it right back in shape.

The fusible Flex-Foam is now my favorite fusible interfacing. I am sure you will love it as much as I do.

If you want to try some for yourself, comment below, and one random winner will be selected on Friday, September 11 to get 1 yard each of: Sew-In FF77, 1-Sided Fusible FF78F1, and 2-Sided Fusible FF79F2!

And don’t forget to go download the brand-new free Swoon Ethel Tote pattern >>

If you’re still curious, visit the blogs below to see what they thought of (and made with) the new fusible Pellon Flex-Foam:

9/9 – Mommy’s Nap Time
9/10 – Cut to Pieces
9/11 – My Crafty Crap
9/13 – Pellon
9/14 – Baby Rozen Design
9/15 – Sew Sweetness
9/16 –  Love to Color My World
9/17 – Anjeanette Klinder
9/18 – Pellon

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