Undercover No More

Rebecca Kemp Brent

A simple heat-shrinking technique yields craft foam with a thinner profile and the look of leather (like that used for the bracelet at left; see "Design Credits" below for bracelet details).

For more techniques using craft foam in embroidery, check out "Undercover No More" in CME's July/August 2007 issue (click here to order this issue).


  • Cover the ironing surface with a non-stick pressing sheet. Preheat the iron to a wool or cotton setting.
  • Lay a sheet of craft foam on the pressing sheet and cover it with a press cloth or a second non-stick sheet.
  • Iron the foam. As it heats, the foam will curl and shrink. Lift the press cloth periodically to release the foam, allowing it to move freely.
  • Turn the foam over, cover with the press cloth and iron again. Continue until there is no more evidence of shrinkage (A).
  • Place a book or heavy object on top of the foam so it cools flat.
  • Alternatively, foam can be shrunk with steam. Hold the steam iron above the foam, allowing the steam to penetrate the foam while avoiding any direct contact with the iron. Turn the foam over and repeat, then cover with a weight until cool.
Bracelet: Criswell Embroidery & Design, Bracelets with K-Lace Sampler, design Bbrstr1b. Instructions for bracelet available with digitized design.

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