Do you follow pattern layout instructions?

Hi sewing friends! I am wondering today if you always follow the instruction on pattern placement? I for once never even bother to look at it and would play a Tetris on my fabric with all pattern pieces. It takes time but I like to be as economical as possible and doing my own pattern layout allows me to save extra fabric that can be used in next project.

Typically the pattern instruction would tell you to fold a fabric together along the salvage edges and layout the pattern as required following the grain line and fabric print direction if necessary. This is a good system if you have many pieces and not all of them are on hold, otherwise you are ending up with a lot of wasted fabric that may be to narrow for anything else. As example here I used pieces from Agnes top pattern (by Tilly and the Buttons) which would use about 120 cm of my fabric lenght as most of the pieces need to be placed on fold and if you look at fabric requirement for Agnes top with cropped sleeves this is exactly how much it is recommended.

What I like to do in this situation is to fold over one salvage edge to the middle of the fabric.

This way I use about 146 cm of my fabric lenght but also my left over piece is much wider, which would be easier to find usefulness in the next make. The best option however is to have an idea what other pattern might be used it for and cut it at the same time.

In this scenario I decided to make a Molly top ( by Sew Over It) with short sleeves, however the pattern pieces do not fit on the other half of the fabric.

That is when my Tetris game starts. I take the widest piece out of both pattern tops, measure its width so I know exactly how much fabric I need to fold on one edge. Next I fold over the other edge meeting both salvage ends. I lay out all pattern pieces to check if they fit and cut it out once I’m happy. This way I can make two tops out of 150 cm lenght of fabric, which is pretty good.

By follow this rule at all times and I managed to squeeze out those two tops from scraps of materials I used for Hibiscus, Frankie and Freya tops.

I had to be a little creative but I like the color combinations.

~what rules and instructions do you break?~

Monika xxx

Forbidden fruit pot holders- sewing tutorial

In the previous post I showed you how to draft a pattern for this deliciously looking pot holders. Now it is a time to grab a tea or coffee and make one or two! Let’s dive in!

Sewing tutorial

Cut out all your pattern pieces as mentioned in the latest post.

Take heat resistant fabric and sandwich it between the main body pieces. Quilt it all over in desired lines or you can follow mine design. I took one piece of main body and using straight lines attached it to the heat resistant fabric following with sewing the other main piece to the other side quilting in straight lines that goes from side to side.

My pot holders are very colourful, so I picked the darkest color to be the base in case it gets dirty. Whenever you work with some kind of heat resistant material you need to remember that the shiny side of the fabric is the one that blocks the heat from getting in contact with your body, so make sure to always place facing away from your skin.

Once the main body is quilted you can take all four pocket pieces (mine are in two different colors) and using a basting stitch sew it around the edges within your seam allowance. If you need to stabilize it more do not be afraid to use some interfacing.

Using bias binding finish only the straight edge.

To make it easier do it in two steps, first unfold the tape and place it on top of the pocket stitching along the crease line. Next fold it over the to the other side ensuring the first stitch line is covered and top-stitch in place.

Place both pockets on top of the main body piece and hold it in place using pins. Sew around the edge with a long basting stitch.

Assembly your tab and leaf pieces next.

For my leaf I placed the leaf pattern pieces wrong sides together and using zig zag stitch sewn it together .

For the tab I folded it in half with right sides together, stitched it and using a safety pin turned the fabric inside out.

Place one end of a tab between pockets and baste it in place. Next following the same steps use bias binding to finish around the border.

For a clean finish start sewing the bias tape by folding about 1 cm inside and stitch around the first crease line finishing on top of the first fold.

Turn the bias tape over to the back and tuck the other end of a tab underneath. Pin or hand baste to stop it from shifting and sew it with straight stitch in a ditch.

Pin one leaf in a preferred position and either stitch it on top of the zig zag or hand sew it to the main body.

Tadaaahhh, you are done with your make! Are we making a pie next???

~do you prefer to use oven gloves or pot holders while cookig/baking?~

Monika xxx