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Top 10 awesome pockets (and a few tutorials) - Behind the Hedgerow. Maybe it’s because I’m a mom and I have to make things functional as well as beautiful, but I can hardly sew a garment now that doesn’t have a pocket. It’s the first thing the kids look for when they try something on and it’s the first thing to drive me crazy if it’s missing. (I once *naively* bought a winter coat with no pockets!! Who would design such an evil garment of clothing?!). This top 10 list hopes to combine function with style by giving you some inspiration and tutorials for adding pockets to your own sewing projects. Click on any image below to go straight to the source. I came across this little pattern and quick tutorial for knotted pockets and just loved it.

I think it would look great on the Oliver + S Jump Rope Dress version B. I love this pocket, but a little knotted one would really make this dress unique. Piping plus and original pocket – what could be better? Here’s a great tutorial for adding slanted pockets to a trousers pattern from VeryPurplePerson. Laura x Related. Part 3: Adding Structure to a Tote Bag – The Daily Sew. Up to this point the tote bag is flat.

I do own a few totes that are flat and they’re fine, they just don’t hold much. This tote bag is meant to hold your lunch, your kindle, your small purse, a bottle of water, and of course, your sewing kit (just kidding). In order to hold that much we got to add some structure; a bottom and some sides. Take the side seam and lay it open and flat so it is center with fabric on both sides of it and the bottom of the bag under it. Line up the side seam to lay on top of the bottom seam, if you have a center bottom seam. If you do not, as I don’t, (because I cut the front and back together as one single piece), line the side seam up with the bottom’s center crease.

When you “open up” the side seam and lay it on top of the center of the bottom (seam or crease) a point will form and your bag forms a triangle on this side. Lay your ruler across the mark you just made and perpendicular to the side seam. This is how sewing on the right side will look. La Sewista!: Tutorials. The tutorial list on La Sewista just seems to be growing and growing and much deserving of some organization! I've established these categories to hopefully make the tutes easier to find.Hem treatmentsBindings and PipingsOther good sewing stuff including tailoring, care of fabrics and moreHeirloom TechniquesOrganizationFittingMore Sewing Odds and Ends These tutorials are what has worked for me.

I don't claim to be an expert. On the blog I show how I accomplish various sewing tasks and if they have worked out well enough I will put them in the "Tutorial" page to share. In my opinion there are two cardinal rules to all sewing. First, there is always more than one technique to achieve a sewing goal. Some techniques have been learned from sewists far more skilled than I but in those cases credit has been clearly given and I thank these individuals for there generosity in teaching us all how to sew a bit better and easier. Hem Treatments Bindings and Pipings Other great sewing "stuff" Fitting.

Learn how to make continuous bias tape | Whipstitch. I’ve had some questions about how to create the continuous bias tape for the piping I mentioned in my last post. I’m re-posting a tutorial I put together last October for my other blog, Pretty Jane. My students in the Intro Sewing class all make continuous bias tape. I make it right along with them each month, and give them a copy of printed instructions courtesy of the Dread Pirate Rogers, but have always wanted to have better photos to offer. While I was busy making the changing pad cover for New Baby, I went ahead and shot some photos of the CBT process with the gingham I used to wrap the piping. You can easily make bias stips just by slicing across that bias line. So, how do we make CBT? Start with your fabric. Cut off a length of your fabric. Trim off the selvedges of your fabric. Fold one selvedge over to meet the top edge of your fabric, forming a 45 degree angle on one end, and a triangle on top of the main portion of your fabric: Stitch a seam along the selvedge edge.

Ta da! The Dread Pirate Rodgers Continous Bias Page. Explanation, directions and picturesby Shelley Rodgers, Walnut Creek, CA Email: pirate_sr@hotmail.com A PDF file of this entire webpage is here. Click here for my verbose opinion on the pros and cons of straight-of-grain vs bias tape. Click here for the yardage requirements for making bias tape. Click here for the directions for making French/double-fold bias tape. Pros and Cons of Straight-of-grain versus Bias tape. If your quilt has curved edges, if you're doing Celtic knotwork designs, if you want an extremely durable binding (even for straight edges), then bias tape is what you need.

Straight of grain binding (whether single or double fold) is very economical, as you generally speaking are cutting crosswise (from selvage to selvage), although sometimes, if you are intentionally using a border print, you might be cutting lengthwise (oohh! Why? [Incidently that sort of hard wear is *the* single-most reason why one should never wrap the backing around to the front for a binding. 1. 2. 3.

How to Trace Sewing Patterns. I distinctly recall my first purchase of a Burda World of Fashion magazine (which by the way, is now BurdaStyle magazine). I remember falling absolutely, insanely in love with a dress (that I have yet to make) on the front cover of the magazine and purchasing it up real quick like. I got the magazine home and started flipping through the endless pages of photos of all the patterns in the mag and thinking, “Gosh, this is amazing!

All these patterns in one magazine.” I remember when I found this really big sheet of paper at the end of the magazine that had lots and lots of lines all over it and then it hit me like an anvil that those were the actual pattern pieces. There they were all nested like a hot mess on top of each other, and there I was completely horrified at the thought of having to trace one off. Today I wanted to show you two ways to trace off a sewing pattern. Paper – I prefer medical exam paper! Layout your pattern with the piece you want to trace facing up.

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