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Stabilizer, Interfacing, & Batting

It's always an interesting challenge giving accessories shape and structure when sewing them out of fabric. I can't claim to have tried every product out there so I hesitate to put specific brand name materials on my patterns. The names of the products seem to change somewhat and you may know of something that works even better.

That being said, people ask me on a regular basis what I use on specific patterns. So here's the lowdown:

Marta Studio Bin Pattern: Pellon Extra Firm Stabilizer ( I have also seen this labeled Extra or Ultra Firm Craft Stabilizer). This is a sew-in product, but you can also use the fusible option for added stability. Do not iron it in, just follow the instructions as written. 16 ounce polyester batting: this is a heavier, thicker batting that when quilted gives you a nice, firm lining. Find it by the roll or ask for a heavier, thicker poly batting.

Sigrid Oilcloth Market Bag Pattern: Same Pellon Extra Firm Craft Stabilizer as Marta or you can also use a stiff piece of buckram.

Eva Sewing Basket Pattern: Pellon Double-Sided Fusible Ultra Firm Stabilizer. This is tha same as the sew-in version, but you can iron fabric to both sides. Very handy for shaping the handle on Eva. Fusible heavy weight interfacing: this is the same stuff you would use on garment construction; used to give thickness to the pockets.

Ilsa & Lilla Handlebar Basket Patterns: Pellon Extra Firm Stabilizer ( I have also seen this labeled Extra or Ultra Firm Craft Stabilizer). This is a sew-in product, but you can also use the fusible option for added stability. Do not iron it in, just follow the instructions as written.

Britta Hoopster Basket Pattern: I use a thick, lofty poly batting to give the Britta Basket some "puff" and shape. If you can find 12 oz. poly batting by the roll I would recommend using it. Otherwise, brands like Fairfield, Hobbs, and Mountain Mist all make lofty poly batting. I used a regular non-fusible Pellon interfacing for the featherweight interfacing.

Ingrid Convertible Canisters Pattern: I like a fusible fleece such as Pellon Thermolam Plus for this project. If you want to use a non-fusible fleece and baste it you can also do that. Some other batting ideas to try would be basting cotton batting or Annie's Soft & Stable.

Louisa Garden Quilt Pattern: As you might have noticed I like projects with some "puff" and thickness to them so I used 2 layers of 80/20 batting for the Louisa Garden Quilt. When the flowers are quilted around the center it makes the petals really pop out.

Sonja Backpack-to-Bag Pattern: I made this pattern with 2 options for interfacing because I know it's not always easy to find some products or you may already have some on hand that you want to use. You can use either 2-layers of Pellon Thermolan Plus fusible fleece or 1-layer of ByAnnie's Soft & Stable (www.byannie.com).

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