Hi everyone! We have a great tip for you for quilting week during our Sew Your Hart Out September
Making your own bias tape or binding gives you more options for your garment or project. Bias binding can be just the right touch for finishing seams in place of a lining in a coat, you can use it to finish a hem, and you can bind a quilt with it. Instead of packaged binding tape, why not make your own so that it coordinates perfectly? This tutorial will show you how to cut on the bias, and make continuous binding tape.
Here is a 44″ wide cotton, which is perfect for making bias binding. Take your fabric and open it up so that it’s no longer folded.
I hope you all are getting into the sewing spirit this month! The reason we do “Sew Your Hart Out September” is because you, our customers, readers, and fellow sewists, inspire us on a daily basis! You are always coming in with the most interesting projects or sharing them online, and we are just constantly overwhelmed with the amazing creativity that oozes out of you so we thought this intensive month of tutorials, giveaways, and employee projects would help inspire some new sewists and spread the ever-growing knowledge pool that is our community! Don’t forget to stay involved by posting on our facebook pictures of your projects with our fabrics. You might win!!
This week we are focusing our efforts on the quilting community. Here at Hart’s we have a few inspiring employees that contribute wildly to the world of quilting. One of them is Tina of the South Bay Area Modern Quilt guild. She will be our blogger this week to share a few fun tips and tricks to add to your sewing repertoire and hopefully kick start your interest in quilting. Get lost in some of the pictures from the SBAMQG’s flickr to further inspire you. If you’re from this area make sure to check them out! They meet here at Hart’s the first Tuesday of every month
Not from the area? Check out the Modern Quilt Guild here to find a chapter new you.
We hope everyone has had a fun first week of Sew Your Hart Out September! We have been so inspired by the amazing projects we have been seeing, both from our customers as well as fellow employees! We hope these project photos get you excited as well. Don’t forget to share your pictures with us, each week we will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to the project photo with the most ‘likes’ on our facebook page!
Ok, that’s enough chit chat! On to the project photos! Let’s start with our super talented Harts Fabric employees! These ladies are a constant source of inspiration and creativity, let’s see what we’ve been wearing this week…
• 1 and 1/2 yards of Cotton and Steel Tangrams Indigo by Rashida Coleman-Hale*
• 2/3 yard of Cotton and Steel On the Grid in Mint by Rashida Coleman-Hale*
• 1/4 yard of woven fusible interfacing
• 7 inch zipper
• matching thread
• a skirt/pant hook and eye
*Note: you may need more fabric if you are making a longer skirt.
Note: I made things a little easier to calculate by using 1/2 inch seam allowances, rather than the standard 5/8 inch, so remember that as you are cutting and sewing.
First, measure your waist and write it down. Then, decide how long you want your skirt to be and write that down (the easiest way is to measure a skirt you already have and like the length of). Decide how wide you would like your bottom contrast band to be (mine is 3 inches wide), and how wide you would like your waistband to be (mine is 2 inches wide). Got all that? Now you’re ready to do some simple calculations!
You need 2 main skirt pieces. Here’s how to calculate them:width = (your waist measurement) + (1 inch for seam allowances)
length = (desired skirt length) – (width of band) + (1 inch for seam allowances)
For my skirt, my waist measurement was 33 inches + 1 inch seam allowance = 34 inches wide.
I wanted my skirt to be 26 inches long, total, with a 3 inch wide contrast band at the bottom.
So my main skirt piece was 26 inches – 3 inches + 1 inch= 24 inches long.
So, my main skirt pieces needed to be 34 inches wide by 24 inches long.
You will need 2 contrast band pieces. Here’s how to calculate them:
length: (same width as skirt pieces)
width: (desired width x 2) + (1 inch for seam allowances)
My contrast pieces were 34 inches long, just like the width of my skirt, and since I wanted them to be 3 inches wide, finished, they were (3 x 2) + 1 inch = 7 inches wide
You need 1 waistband piece. Here’s how to calculate it:
length = (your waist measurement) + (1 inch of ease) + (1 inch for overlap) + (1 inch for seam allowances)
width = (desired width of waistband x 2) + (1 inch for seam allowances)
Mine was: 33 inches + 1 inch + 1 inch + inch = 36 inches
I wanted my waistband to be 2 inches wide, so (2 x 2) + 1 = 5 inches
So, my waistband piece needed to be 36 inches long and 5 inches wide.
13. Right sides together, line up the sides of your skirt piece with the lines you drew on the waistband. The left-hand side of your skirt (with the zipper cover) should be 1/2 an inch from the waistband edge and the other, right-hand side should be 1 1/2 inches from the edge.
17. Fold waistband down on itself, right sides together, matching raw edges. Stitch along that 1/2 inch line. Clip top corner if necessary.
I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial. Feel free to ask me if you have any questions…-Melissa