Poorhouse Quilt Designs love using Bosal’s In-R-Form Products! In-R-Form adds soft, long-lasting structure and stability to bags (and wreaths!), can be quilted beautifully, and it is so easy to use because it can be fused!
What is In-R-Form?
It’s a polyester foam sheet product (a little more than 1/8″ thick) that comes in many varieties:
Double Sided Fusible (Black and White);
Single Sided Fusible (Black and White);
Sew In (Black and White)
Know which side is fusible – if you are using the single sided fusible, look for the side that has a slight sheen.
This is the fusible side. The opposite side (not fusible) feels more like suede – it’s a spun lace (white in color) that is applied to help the fabric grip the surface.
Place the fabric OVER the fusible side and position as needed. Lightly mist with water. OR – better yet, apply a dampened press cloth over the fabric. Apply iron at the cotton setting and fuse in place for 6 seconds. Let cool and check the bond. Be sure not to overheat.
If you are using the double sided fusible, place the foam on top of a Teflon sheet (or parchment paper) to protect your ironing surface. Fuse the first fabric on the top, then turn over to fuse the second side (no need to protect the ironing surface once the fabric is fused to the underside).
Always press down (slight pressure) and hold; don’t iron back and forth to fuse.
A project made with In-R-Form is machine washable – but do not place it in a hot dryer. Hang your projects to dry – the polyester foam wicks away moisture quickly.
Did you purchase Sew-In, but need fusible? No problem! Use a paper back fusible web to add the fusible to your foam – just follow the instructions for the fusible web.
Do you need a special needle? I have found that a topstitching or Microtex needle works well with this product – but try what you have first – it may work perfectly well.
Help – this looks so thick, how do I stitch through this? If you are stitching multiple layers of foam together (example: side seam of a tote), it helps to use your walking foot to avoid slipping. Two layers of foam may look “lofty”, but the foam compresses surprisingly well under your presser foot. Your sewing machine may have the ability to lift higher than the normal height – take the time to find out how (read your sewing machine manual).
Have an Sizzix Die Cutter? This foam is very die-cut friendly.
Can you quilt this foam? Try it – you will be so happy with the results!