I am excited to be participating in the Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways that starts today. I do hope you have a great time visiting my blog as well as those of the other bloggers participating in the Give-Aways.
I decided that each day of the blog hop (March 8 - 14) I would share a helpful quilting/sewing tip that I have used in my 30+ years of sewing and quilting.
I hope you will find one or more of the tips helpful to you as well.
When sewing two fabrics, right sides together, and turning right sides out with no plan for binding the project (a pillow or a tote bag), I use this simple tip to make it easy to sew the opening closed with no hassles!
|After placing the two fabrics right sides together, |
mark the opening's start and stop sewing points.
Begin sewing from the cut edge into the seam allowance (whether 1/4" or 5/8").
Put the needle down and pivot. Sew the seam allowance as you normally do.
When you are ready to stop (the opening for turning the fabrics right side out) put your needle down into the fabric, pivot and sew out to the cut edge of the fabrics.
Then pull the top and bobbin threads out from the machine the length of the opening plus 6". DO NOT cut the threads near the project piece. These will become your threads for sewing the opening closed!
Because of the short stitching you did into and out from the seam allowance, your seam allowance will naturally fold where it needs to. Give a little tug at both starting and stopping points of the seam and the fabrics will fold--just finger press the seams. No struggling on your part with where to, or how to, line the two layers up. This even works when a batting is included.
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See Tip 3 by clicking here
See Tip 4 by clicking here
I have a give-away. Leave a comment telling about a quilting or sewing tip or tool you have discovered. Share it with us. On March 15, one random comment will be chosen and that lucky winner will receive 2 of my patterns via email--so make sure you leave an email address for me to send your patterns. To leave a comment, click on the words: "links to this page" or the word: "comments" below and a pop-up comment box will appear.
What are the patterns, you wonder? Here are photos of the projects I made and then developed into patterns:
|Wavy Panel Banner|
|Love You wall hanging|
The banner is able to be modified into a table runner or placemats for a different use. You can use panels you have purchased, make your own, or use a fancy fabric for the top section. The pattern is able to be modified for various size panels as well. It is quite versatile. I am binding the table runner I made for Valentine's Day and plan to put a photo of the finished table runner on the blog this weekend.
These patterns are available for purchase at PatternSpot.com under Patchwork Breeze.
I look forward to your return each day to read my other tips during this blog hop. Until tomorrow, happy sewing!