How to make a sewing pattern bigger or smaller

Today, we are going to delve into making a pattern either bigger or smaller. It does not matter whether the pattern you have download is too small for you or too large for you. You can always either enlarge it or reduce it and still keep the fit and that is what we will learn today. The very simple explanation of pattern grading is that if you cut out a pattern apart and then move all the pieces slightly away from each other, you get a bigger pattern. This is…

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How to Add a Lightweight Ruffle to Any Outfit

SEWING BLOG How to Add a Lightweight Ruffle to Any Pattern By Beth Galvin on July 12, 2016  Add to Favorites There is more that one way to make a ruffle! Here’s one that may come in handy: the circular ruffle. A round ruffle adds a different kind of flair to your garment without adding bulk to seamlines. You must be logged in to view this content. Already a member, please log in here. If not, kindly register to view this content. You will also receive our numerous free tutorials, have access to download…

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How to sew an Elastic waistband

STEP 1: Cut Elastic Following the instructions for the pattern you are using, cut your elastic to fit the part of the body it is going around. For this example, I am using 1″ elastic for the waistband of a pair of pajama pants. The elastic is cut to fit my natural waist. Be sure to use the elastic type and size for your project as instructed by the pattern’s designer. You must be logged in to view this content. Already a member, please log in here. If not, kindly…

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How to use fusible web for applique

Fusible web is a double-sided adhesive that has a paper backing. It is great for appliqué because you can stick one piece of fabric onto another, then sew the raw edges. The paper also temporarily adds stiffness to your appliqué fabric, making it much easier to cut curves, notches and details.In short, you iron it to one fabric, cut out a shape, peel the paper away, then iron it to another fabric. There are several brands of fusible web–Wonder Under and Steam-a-Seam being the most well-known. It’s fun and easy…

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How to use Interfacing

A bit about Interfacing: A textile attached to the “wrong” side of the fabric, which is the non-printed side or the side of the fabric you want hidden. It is used to stiffen up fabric, when it’s otherwise too flimsy. It comes in fusible (which means you iron it on) and sew in (which you have to hand or machine stitch in place).  I generally only use the fusible kind.  But you may need the sew-in type if you are using a very fragile or finicky fabric that shouldn’t be…

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How to: Make Zipper Tabs and Shorten a Zipper

Supplies One zipper at least several inches longer than required size Two pieces fabric 3″ x 2″ for zipper tabs Instructions Open the zipper about half way and cut the zipper to size by cutting off the excess on each end. Fold the zipper tab fabric in half lengthways and finger press to make a crease. Source: https://www.creative-cloth-studio.com/ You must be logged in to view this content. Already a member, please log in here. If not, kindly register to view this content. You will also receive our numerous free tutorials,…

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DIY – Attaching bag feet

You will need to determine how the bag feet are attached depending on the design of your bag. You can attach handbag feet once the outside fabric is in place but before the lining is attached. You can attach them if the lining has been sewn in and has a hole for turning that is large enough to get your hand through. You can also add handbag feet to purchased handbags. Attaching handbag feet is easy. Simply measure in about 3/4″ from each corner of the base of your bag…

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How to add a detachable wristlet strap

Having a strap or handle on your bag or purse gives you something to grab onto and offers a bit of added security so you have less chance of losing your purse while you’re out and about. Adding a detachable strap to a zipper pouch or a clutch purse is easy to do using using a simple lobster clasp and d-ring, plus the metal hardware always adds a professional finish to your bag. Supplies One piece of fabric 1-1/2″ x 2″ for the loop and one piece of fabric 1-1/2″…

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How to sew a slip pocket for your bag

Slip pockets are easy to sew and are useful for holding and organizing small items in your purse such as cell phone, pens, glasses etc. Designing a slip pocket with sections is also easy and allows you to custom design a pocket to suit your own personal requirements. To design a slip pocket, first consider what you need to put into the pocket. For a small, general purpose pocket, a good size to start with is a 4″ high by 6″ wide. Then you can add sections to it for…

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