01 May 2012

Mixing Bowl Cover + curvy sewing tips

My Sister-in-law requested a mixing bowl cover for her birthday.  She sent me a photo via Pinterest of what she had in mind.

Out of respect for the etsy seller and originator of this idea, I won't post a full tutorial, but I did want to share one tip that helped me make a casing around the edge of a circle.

Sewing neatly around curves is tricky, especially when you want to turn under the seam...as in a pocket or here with a round cover.  My best advice is to sew a long basting/gathering stitch along where you want to fold the fabric over.

By gently pulling the bobbin thread tighter, you make the fabric pucker in the direction you want to fold it.

 It really helped make this project go smoothly.  Think of any other curves you need to sew, and a basting stitch prior to final sewing might just make your work look that much neater.

The covers turned out really cute.  The owl one I made with a longer skirt to make more of a ruffle.

I also added some ricrac to towels to match.  I have added ricrac to towels previously, but wasn't happy with how they looked after multiple times through the wash (unless you like ironing your towels!)  So, I zigzag stitched the edges to match the towel, and then sewed along both sides of the ricrac to hold it all in place.

Have you worked on any handmade gifts lately?

6 happy thoughts:

Stephanie said...

I love those! Silly question...do you use them for looks on your counter or for when food is in there? I don't have one of those but my sister does, Iso I was wondering how they work just in case I think she might need one:)

Michele Pacey said...

Those are really cute. Really sweet gift!

Melissa said...

Great tip!! Thanks for sharing!!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Great tips, Chris! And the mixing bowl covers turned out great :)

Kari said...

So adorable! Now they're on my list of handmade gifts to make.

Craft and Creativity said...

What a great idea and so cute! :)

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