Advantages Of Using The Tracing Wheel, Carbon Paper And Scissors To Copy The Pattern

Many of you may be wondering which the best method to transfer your carefully selected pattern onto the fabric is. One of the favorite methods of tailors is to use the carbon paper and tracing wheel. This method is largely preferred over the others as it has some special advantages like :-

· You can use the same pattern over and over
· You need not cut into the paper pattern
· The scissors can be used to cut only the fabric which retains the sharpness.
· As you are using a carbon copy mark as the outline, there is more accuracy and precision while cutting the pattern.

You need the following items to use this method:-
· Paper scissors
· Fabric scissors/ rotary cutter
· carbon paper used by dressmakers
· Tracing wheel
· Pins or pattern weights
· Cutting mat

Steps to follow

As always wash your fabric and iron it before you draw the pattern. This ensures the accuracy of measurements on the final product. Once the fabric is ready, pin it onto the cutting mat .A cutting mat will safeguard your table tops from scratches
and nicks.

The next step is to prepare the pattern. Always cut the pattern at least two inches away from the actual markings. Leave some space around the boundaries. Do not cut out the exact drawings. This can be helpful if you need a slightly larger version of the same pattern too.

Now place a carbon paper (dressmaker’s carbon) beneath the paper pattern .Pin the pattern and carbon also onto the fabric .Using the tracing wheel, slowly trace out the lines and remove after completing all the required lines.

This is simply the easiest and surprisingly most accurate way of copying your pattern on the fabric.
The best part is that you can use and reuse the same paper pattern for many sizes .Just make sure you leave enough space to include all the sizes you need and you will have saved yourself the trouble of tracing out the pattern onto paper every time you need the same design!

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The Easiest Way To Create A Fringed Table Runner In Just One Hour

Have you ever imagined that you could actually create a fringed table runner in just one hour or even less? No, this is not a joke. With a little patience and creativity, you will have a beautiful and elegant table runner in no time at all, that too designed all by yourself!

Materials required include:-

· 1.82m of burlap
· 4.5m of one inch cotton lace ribbon
· 1.82 m of quilting cotton calico
· 4.5 m of half inch single fold lame bias tape
· Sewing machine
· pins
· Scissors
· Thread to match

Steps involved:

First you need to prepare the Burlap material. This has to be sprayed with water and then ironed with steam .This step may seem tedious, however is essential to smoothen out the fabric and straighten it. Once done find the grain line which runs parallel to the selvage.

Pull the fabric at the opposite corners, weft and warp directions after laying it straight .Next spray water and get it ironed once more.

Take your template with table measurements and cut the burlap fabric accordingly. Remove the thread of the selvage to create the fringes.

Do the next step gently and slowly.
Pull out the weft (the horizontal threads) above and below.
Again pull out the warp thread on the left and right sides of the material.

The threads can be removed to suit the desired width of the fringe. Normally a 2 inch fringe will look good, however that is entirely up to your wish.

Now comes pinning and sewing the lace. A zigzag pattern is preferred here to keep the lace in place. Burlap has a tendency to lose shape easily, so the zigzag stitches will help attach the lace firmly.

Once that is done, you need to carefully sew on the quilting cotton to the other side of the fabric.

Finally you carefully stitch on the bias tape all around the quilting cotton edges, which gives you for an elegant and finished look.

So at last with a few cuts here and a few stitches there, you have your prettiest table runner!

Reuse Your Fabric Scraps To Create Beautiful Headbands

Once you have finished a sewing project, there will be lots of scrap material lying around. Do you feel bad throwing away all that fabric? Well actually ,just a few moments of creativity can help you use all those scrap materials .There are so many ways you can convert these into day to day essentials like headbands etc. These are also fun projects for little tailors who are waiting for a turn at the sewing machine.

What you will need for a headband:-

2 rectangular shaped cotton, silk or satin fabric 7 ½ by 17 inches
An elastic band which is 6 inches long
1 strip of fabric to be used as the elastic casing 1 by 10 inches in length
Thread of desired color

To start off, place the rectangle pieces of fabric straight and mark the centre. Stitch 1.5 inch from the middle towards each direction. After you finish you will have 3 inches of fabric stitched at the middle. Repeat this with the other rectangle piece also.

Now open the seams and turn the rectangle pieces inside out and stitch them together to form a longer piece. You will have a small opening in the middle.
Now you have to prepare the elastic band casing.
The elastic band is 6 inches and so sew the casing as per the measurement of the elastic band. Gently insert the elastic band into the casing. Sew it and secure the band.

Now insert this elastic band casing into the space of the opening of the rectangular pieces which you have stitched together. Sew this carefully making sure that you are not exposing the elastic band. The raw edges should not be seen. The fabric on top of the band should not be wider than the band itself.

Once this is also done, you have with you a stylish headband which has taken only around 15 minutes to complete.

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