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We are hoping to cover a variety of sewing topics on our new blog. Our main focus has been designing PDF Sewing Patterns. We have a varied range and will still be adding to it.
Thank you for stopping by, we hope it has been useful.
By boutiqueuniquedesigns, Aug 20 2017 05:29PM
Whilst not essential to any of our designs zips are included but in some can be omitted and substituted with Velcro or poppers or just left as an open top bag.
Zips can be scary for beginners but with the majority of our patterns the zips are generally put in as one of the first processes when the fabric is flat and easy to handle. Or they are attached to two pieces of fabric designed as a zip carrier and then attached to the main pieces as in the lining of The Betty Bag to the right.
One of the key points to remember when attaching a zip are that each side should be sewn an equal distance from the teeth. In most of our projects the raw ends of the Zips are caught in the subsequent seams as the project is constructed. Some of the projects such as the Betty Bag use a 'zip carrier' and we have tidied the visible end of the zip with a tab made of matching fabric this not only looks nice but has a function in that when you close the bag it gives you something to hang onto and pull against.
Download the Printable to read more on Inset Zips, Top Opening Zips, Zip Carriers and Zip Tabs.
The third addition to our glossary series. Designed as support materialsto run along with our patterns and also to assist people who want to design their own.
This article is available in a printable version download here An Introduction to Zips Printable
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By boutiqueuniquedesigns, Aug 2 2017 05:38PM
Sewing Decision Maker
A quick bit of fun for anyone else who sometimes struggles to choose what to do next. I've had days where I just can't decide which project I'm going to do, but I know I want to make something.
So I made a decision maker. Simply print off the printable, cut it out, and stick the tabs together to make a cube.
Download the Decison Maker Printable Here
The options on it are as follows:
1. Work in Progress
These are usually lingering around. For whatever reason they have been temporarily put to one side waiting for their day to shine. If this comes up its time to stop procrastinating and get one finished.
2. Old Reliable
Favourite patterns which you know you can make and get a good result. You just want to sew something nice without too much hassle.
3. Something New
New patterns which have been waiting in the wings, saved to your pinterest board, tucked neatly in a box ready to go. Venture into new territory and give one of your new patterns a go.
Sewing Decision Maker Printable
They're building up, they're beautiful and shiny, hoarded away like a dragon guarding treasure. Get them out and find one of your scrap busting projects to show them off in all their glory. Search online for scrap busting projects. See some of my favourite scrap busters on this previous post.
Be ecofriendly and thrifty and upcycle an unused fabric item into something you. Whether it is a top that doesn't fit right, turn a dress into a skirt, a pillowcase into a girls summer dress, find something lying around that could be given a new lease of life.
6. Random Gift
Special Holidays and Birthdays are scattered throughout the year. Get a head start and make some nice gifts to stash away for special occasions. Or give a friend or relative a nice surprise with a random hand made gift.
By boutiqueuniquedesigns, Jul 20 2017 04:44PM
Bias binding is made in the same way as piping up to the point where you insert the piping cord and it generally sits outside the fabric as a finishing edge or trim, although it can be used in the same way as piping for decoration but is left flat with just the edge peeping out from a seam. Like piping, bias binding can also be purchased ready-made and comes in various widths and a riot of colours and designs
The Alice Bag
Binding can also be hand finished and if you enjoy hand sewing this is an ideal opportunity use thread that matches your binding and keep your stitches small using the machined seam underneath as a guide. You can bind around corners and curves because the binding is cut on the bias it gives it the flexibility to be sewn around virtually any shape giving a nice clean edge.
Fabric Quilting Ruler Rotary Cutter Binding Tool Iron Machine
If you are making your own binding once you have cut your strips of fabric and joined them together it is not necessary to iron the edges in but it does make it easier when sewing. You can buy a little gadget to help you with this - they come in various sizes to suit the width of the binding you are making.
By boutiqueuniquedesigns, Jul 10 2017 06:12PM
Piping is a very effective way of accentuating seam lines and strengthening them giving projects more shape. If you look around you, you may notice that piping is used a lot in soft furnishings most notably on upholstered sofas, chairs and cushions. It is the rounded raised edge where two seams meet.
Piping is basically a cord covered in fabric that is trapped in the seam so that just the rounded cord portion shows, this can be done in matching fabric or in a contrast. You can buy piping by the metre ready made. It comes in a variety of weights from fine to heavy, many colours and various finishes. This may seem extravagant but as you will read later can sometimes be cost effective.
It is really simple to make your own piping and can be a useful way of using up left over fabric. You will need several strips of fabric cut on the bias of the fabric the bias of the fabric is the diagonal across the warp and weft of the fabric and some piping cord.
There are different sizes of piping cord. We generally use 3mm piping cord, this refers to the diameter of the cord it can be purchased by the metre.
We have written step by step instructions below or download our free printable to keep with no sign up needed.
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