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Vilene Foam Interfacing Product Review by Emma

As a keen quilter I have sewn with many different types of wadding, but I’ve only very recently heard of foam. Vilene the manufacturer actually call it Foam Interfacing, but I’ve heard people also refer to it as foam batting on blogs and in tutorials.

From the pictures online I was expecting this sew in foam to be a thin dense layer of foam but it’s really much better than I had hoped, it’s almost ¼ inch deep and it’s really soft and bouncy.

I decided to make a toy bucket for my son’s room with some fabric left over from other projects.

I noticed straight away it’s lovely and easy to cut. I decided to quilt the sides of the toy bucket, did exactly the same as if it were wadding/batting, basting it with spray.

I used a cotton quilting thread in white and a size 12 needle. The foam gives really amazing stitch definition, I did think it could actually be used for quilting placemats or even for wall hanging it would really show off beautiful quilting designs. I used a Fabric Marker to help guide me when quilting. I did use my walking foot on my machine, but I also tested without the walking foot and it was fine. I would suggest if you don’t have walking foot for your machine then every couple of inches stop sewing keep your needle down and raise your presser foot, that way if the presser foot is dragging the top fabric it releases it.

Then I bound the top of the bucket just the same as for quilting

When I sewed the sides of the bucket together and instead of binding the raw edge, (because I had run out of fabric), I used French seams. I know that in dressmaking a French seam is really for fine fabric but it worked out great here, my machine sewed through the layers with no trouble. When I attached the base again there were raw edges. This time I hand stitched a blanket stitch around the raw edge to neaten and then sewed the raw edge to the side of the bucket to it was less visible.

Here you can see the French seam on the inside.

Here you can see the base on the inside with the blanket stitch over the raw edges.

I decided to put some handles on the bucket/basket, I did this by making tubes of fabric and then putting some of the foam inside.

Then I folded the tubes in half length ways and sewed together apart from 4inches each end.

I decided to hand stitch the straps as I thought it would be easier to ensure they were straight and even rather than putting the bucket under the machine. I guess you could have placed the straps on before sewing the side seams.

The foam was really easy to hand stitch through so you could use it for hand embroidery on bags and the embroidery would really stand out and add texture.

So here’s the finished toy bucket completely empty I’m super impressed how it holds it’s shape!

I do think in some ways my quilting lines took away from the strength of the foam as the foam folded along the sewn line so that’s something to bear in mind using it, also because it’s bouncy it does roll up under the machine like wadding so bear that in mind when designing your project. I think it would be brilliant in bags and I can see why it’s so popular with bag makers.

I was really pleased with how easy it is to work with, just as easy as wadding for my machine to feed through and stitch into, so now I need to think of some more projects!

And here it is with toys in;

Thanks for reading,

Emma Thompson @ Sand Piper Sewing

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