Saturday, 4 February 2012

How to: Sewing tubes for straps, ties etc

How to sew tubes for straps, ties etc...
I recently made a man apron and it came out very nicely. Making ties was one of the necessary skills, yet it seemed to take up a bit too much space on my apron post so I figured I would outline it separately. Never fear, it's rather easy, but just in case here it is:

1. Pick some fabric. Plan the length of the strap/ties. Make a fold in the fabric, lengthways, checking the length. Measure several times along the fold to make sure that the width is even and cut the piece using the raw edge folded over as a guide.
Tip: Iron along the fold before cutting as it keeps everything in place.


2. Flip the fold inside out so that the right sides of the fabric are touching and the wrong side is visible. Pin and sew along the cut edges. Then insert a chunky safety pin into one end.


3. Pop the safety pin into the tube.


4. Maneuver it along until it comes out the other end.


5. Pull all the fabric through and iron once more.

Tah Dah! Lovely straps.

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