Puff foam is a gorgeous way to add depth and
texture to your embroidery. The raised area gives a
three-dimensional look to the design. Follow along and we'll show
you how to take your embroidery to the next level!
To create this unique effect, you'll need:
Puff foam is sold specially for embroidery; craft
foam will work as well. To minimize show-through, choose a sheet of foam
that's close in color to your thread.
Spray a piece of medium weight cutaway
stabilizer with temporary spray adhesive, then smooth the fabric on
top. Hoop the fabric and stabilizer taut together.
Begin stitching the design. First the background
detail will sew -- stitch this as usual, without puff foam.
Before stitching the "puff detail" section, lay
the puff foam in the hoop, over the design.
Continue embroidering the design. The needle will
perforate the foam while stitching.
After the foam section has finished stitching,
remove the foam. In this example, the design is complete; there are
no more sections to embroider.
Remove any remaining bits of foam with tweezers.
You can also hide the foam by pushing it into
the satin stitch with the point of a small pair of scissors.
Your design embroidery is complete!
It's OK to wash you project as you would normally,
but air dry. Avoid dry cleaning, as the chemicals can make the foam
Puff foam is a beautiful way to add dimension and
interest to your creations!