Perfect sewing project for beginners! This is a simple and easy technique that I learned early on in my sewing journey and continue to use over and over again.
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Take two pieces of fabric, place them right sides together, then sew around the perimeter leaving a gap of at least 6 inches.
If it has corners – trim them off with scissors without cutting into the stitch lines.
Pull fabric through the opening and turn sewing project right side out – poking the corners gently with a chopstick.
Using an iron, press flat – making sure to turn the raw edges in at the opening.
Top stitch around the perimeter around 1/8 inch from the outside edge, optionally you can add more lines of top stitching further in like 1/4 inch and 1 inch.
Using this one technique – you make make everything from blankets, placemats, napkins, burp cloths, coasters, pillows (by adding stuffing or pillow form in between layers and ladder stitching closed), and much more. I even used this basic concept to make reusable snack bags with plastic snaps.
By switching up your choice of fabrics, interfacing, and batting – this is such a versatile technique.
I used quilting cotton on one side and canvas on the other for a set of placemats, and by adding a layer of batting to the outside – you’ve got a blanket or coaster.
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Gingher 5 Inch Knife Edge Sewing Scissors
Panasonic NI-WL600 Cordless Multi-Directional Iron, Stainless Steel Soleplate, Silver/Black
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