Tips for Sewing Stretch Fabric + D.I.Y.
Hi friends! Today we're going to share some tips for sewing stretch fabric and teach you a fun D.I.Y. project to practice with! These velvet turbans were one of our favorite products to make and sell at Red Velvet last year. We've since sent them off to retirement, so I'm here to teach you how to make your very own today! But first...
Here are some simple tips for sewing stretch fabrics-
-Use a ball point needle.
-Check your sewing machine manual for a "stretch stitch".
-Use a Serger machine for seams. If you don't have a Serger, use the Zigzag stitch.
-Make sure your fabric is free of wrinkles when cutting out pattern pieces.
-Cut directly on top of fabric, without lifting the fabric as you go. Use a rotary cutter, if you can.
-Start with skirts and scarves, work your way up to patterns with sleeves.
1. Cut Fabric 12.5 inches x 34 inches. 2. With right sides together serge the fabric into a tube. If you don't own a Serger, use your zigzag stitch. Turn tube inside out. 3. Tie a knot in the middle of the tube. 4. Whip stitch three of the four layers together from edge to edge, knot and cut off. 5. (You can see here what the finished whip stitch will look like on the inside) Take the remaining loose layer and flip it over the stitched three layers. Tuck the raw edge under and blind stitch to the turban. The layer should lay right side to right side and stitches should be completely invisible once finished. 6. Enjoy your new turban! It's easy to wear with your hair up or down.
Ta-Da! You've done it! This turban is so comfy and adjustable too. Just tighten the knot to adjust the size! XO. elsie
PS. Here's our magical pal, Keiko Lynn
, wearing a velvet turban in plum! This sewing basics series was created in collaboration with Missy Creed of Momentum Fashion. Missy is a talented seamstress who sews for Red Velvet!