This H640 Fusible Wadding review is courtesy of Vlieseline and to show it off I will be making a Tote Bag from the fabric producer, Riley Blake.

 H640 is Vlieseline’s medium loft, fusible, soft wadding and made of synthetic fibres and is about 4mm/ ⅜ inch thick. It great for use with light to medium weight fabrics such as cottons or synthetics and suitable for making warm clothing such a coats, jackets and padded gilets. It’s also good for topstitching, quilting and three-dimensional work such as voluminous bows or borders.

I found it very easy to work with, it cut easily and neatly with both a rotary cutter and scissors. It didn’t shift whilst quilting the bag that I made with it.

It’s very easy to see the fusible side of the H640 Vlieseline wadding.

As with most fusible waddings it’s recommended that you use a damp cloth and press the iron over small sections of your fabric/wadding at a time for approx 15 seconds. Lie it flat and leave it to cool afterwards for approx 30 minutes before sewing.

I also tried it with my steam iron directly onto the fabric and it worked just as well but, if you’re not sure, always try it on a small piece first.

It can be washed at 40 degrees maximum on a synthetic cycle and is dry cleanable.

The Vlieseline H640 Fusible wadding price ranges for 35″ wide is £9.60 – £12.45 per metre. It can be bought from a wide range of supplier by the metre, or half metre. Having done a search for prices per metre I’ve found it’s best to read the details in the heading regarding the size of piece you are actually ordering.

So, what to make with the H640 Vlieseline fusible wadding? Well, it’s January, Christmas is well and truly over, and I hope you have enjoyed UKQU.co.uk 12 Days of Christmas and the freebie patterns that came with it, on of which was the Riley Blake, All in a Row Tote.

https://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/assets/images/freepatterns/sewingpatterns/AllInARowTote.pdf

I’ve only made about 4/5 fabric quilted bags and usually used non-fusible wadding in their construction, simply because this is what I have in my stash. It will be nice to use the H640 fusible wadding and see how the finished product compares to the 80/20 I’ve used before.

The All in a Row Tote bag pattern gives you the fabric requirements, sizes for cutting and full instructions to make it. I used fabric from my stash and made slight amendments to the measurements of the bag. I also used some calico for the bottom half of the lining as you will see later.

 

For the ‘All in a Row’ strips:

Make up the half square triangles (HSTs), they finish at 3.5”, lay them out in 4 rows as shown. Sew them together in 4 horizonal rows using 0.25” seams. PRESS.

I decided to bring the lining fabric in as a feature in the ‘Row’ by using some of it to make some HSTs.

Sew a 1.5” strip of your chosen fabric down the centre of each ‘Row’ as shown using a 0.25” seam. PRESS.

Sew a strip across the top using a 0.25” seam. Repeat with the second strip. PRESS. This is where I deviated from the pattern by using a 2” strip instead of 1.5” as the pattern states.

Sew a strip across the top using a 0.25” seam. Repeat with the second strip. PRESS. This is where I deviated from the pattern by using a 2” strip instead of 1.5” as the pattern states.

 

 

 

Sew the bottom piece of fabric of your bag onto the ‘All in a Row’ piece ~ 0.25” seam. Repeat for the other side. PRESS.

Cut out two pieces of the H640 Vlieseline fusible wadding to the same size as the bag front/back and ’step’ press into place in small sections and leave to cool.

Quilt as desired. I used Serpentine stitch and (straight) stitch in the ditch for mine.

The H640 Vlieseline fusible wadding handled really well during Quilting on my domestic sewing machine. I didn’t need to add any fabric underneath it and it didn’t snag on the needle plate during sewing. I just lowered the speed slightly and altered the stitch length and tension to accommodate the thickness of the layers.

Sew the side and bottom seams (0.25” seams). Press the seams out on the RS as best as you can. Make the bag bottom – see pattern instruction 5. You will also need to do this for the bag lining.

If you want a deeper bag bottom all you need to do is adjust the height of the line.

 

Use your preferred method or follow the pattern instructions to make the bag straps using two strips of fabric and some fusible wadding. I made mine slightly different to the instructions, topstitched the edges and added a line of serpentine stitch down the centre of each strap to strengthen them. Press.

Sew the straps in place to the Right Side (RS) of the bag. Fold them back and pin down before attaching the bag lining.

Cut out the lining for your bag – I used the honeycomb fabric and calico for mine but you can use just one fabric if you wish. I generally use a medium weight calico for bags as it wears well.

I added a pocket and D-ring clip to mine and sewed these to the RS of the lining fabric before sewing the side and bottom seams together (0.25” seam). Remember to leave a gap in the bottom seam so you can turn it RS out later and don’t forget to do the Bag Bottom the same as you did for the main bag piece.

With RS sides facing together (you should have the bag lining on the outside), PIN or CLIP around the top edge of the bag. Sew all the way around using a minimum of a 0.25” seam. I tend to reinforce where the straps are positioned with an extra line of stitching.

Turn the bag RS out through the gap in the bottom of the lining and PRESS.

Push the lining inside the bag front and top stitch round the top edge of the bag.

Voila –Done! Doesn’t it look good?

I’m impressed by the finish the H640 Vlieseline fusible wadding gives to the Tote bag. Although it does not give the quilting the same definition as the Style Vil-Fix it does give the Tote bag a sumptuous feel.

A huge thank you to Vlieseline for giving me the opportunity to review this product and to UKQU.co.uk for making it happen.

Happy Sewing Everyone,

Carol L

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