Easy DIY Turtleneck Bib Tutorial – No Knitting Required
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by Johanna Lundström
1M ago
Turtleneck bib, or dickies as they are also known, has made a big comeback lately. Here in Sweden, they are in every shop right now, so I thought, why not try to make one myself? Since I’m not a knitter, this tutorial is for sewing your own bib, which is actually very easy and a quick project too. Having a serger will help immensely. But you can use a regular sewing machine, too if you have the right fabric. Fabric and notions Sweater knits, stretchy fleece or similar fabrics. The knit should not be flimsy but have plenty of stretch. Sewing pattern with a turtle neck collar, or you can draft ..read more
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Sew a French Beret: Easy DIY Tutorial
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by Johanna Lundström
1M ago
Want to sew your own chic French beret? Then follow this easy step-by-step tutorial. No pattern is required to make this beret, but to make it even easier, I highly recommend getting my Iselin Beret PDF-pattern which includes many different style variations and comes in five different sizes. Fabric recommendations Felted wool Fleece fabric I recommend using a fabric with a little stretch, such as a felted wool knit or fleece. In this tutorial, I use felted wool knit with around 20% stretch. Take your measurements Before you draft the pattern, you need to measure your head circumference; th ..read more
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Cutting Knit Fabrics – 8 Essential Tips For Success
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by Johanna Lundström
2M ago
Have you struggled cutting knits? Perhaps finding it hard to cut the pieces evenly, get stripes to match or maybe struggling to align the grainline properly to prevent the garment from looking twisted? Yes, cutting knit fabrics is quite different from wovens. But the good news is that there is a tonne of tricks and simple methods that will make the process way easier. And in this tutorial, I will show you exactly the steps you should follow in order to succeed Should you prewash knits? Prewashing a fabric is excellent for preventing shrinking and getting rid of potential residue. However, som ..read more
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Gurli Sew-Along: The Gathered Sleeves and Cuffs
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by Johanna Lundström
6M ago
One of my favourite things about the Gurli Knit Top Sewing Pattern is the sleeve cuffs with the gathered hem. On the long-sleeve version, the cuffs are also longer with a nice overhang for a dressier look. The steps and bonus tips shown in this tutorial are for the short-sleeve cuff version, but you’ll use the exact same method for sewing the long-sleeve cuffs. 1. Sew the gathering stitches To gather, use a straight stitch with a longer stitch length (3 – 5 mm) and loosen the needle tension slightly. Tip: Use a contrasting colour thread when sewing the gathering stitches, this makes removin ..read more
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Sewing Shoulder Seams on Knit Tops
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by Johanna Lundström
8M ago
A properly sewn shoulder seam is crucial for a well-made knit top. Stretched out seams, puckering and other common issues are quite common, but easy to avoid if you follow the methods shown in this tutorial for the Gurli Knit Top Sewing Pattern. Want to learn more on how to sew knit tops like a pro? Check out the other knit top tutorials in the Gurli Knit Top Sew-Along. Stabilising shoulder seams Since the knit fabrics that are suitable for the Gurli Knit Top Pattern are stretchy, the shoulder seams should be stabilised to prevent them from expanding permanently when sewn and worn. The stabil ..read more
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Gurli Sew-Along: Pleated Puff Sleeves Tutorial
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by Johanna Lundström
9M ago
The Gurli Top Pattern has gathered puff sleeves, but you can easily turn the gathers into pleats instead for a more streamlined look. So in this tutorial, we will go through how to adapt the pattern and sew the pleated sleeves. 1. Mark the seamline on the sleeve cap The pleat measurements are based on the seamline (the dashed line) and not the fabric edge, which will be slightly longer. So it’s best to draw a seamline, which should be parallel to the fabric edge, 6 mm (1/4″) in, equal to the seam allowance. 2. Mark the pleats The total amount of extra ease on the sleeve cap is 12 cm (4.72 ..read more
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Eivy Sew-Along: Sleeves and Side Seams
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by Johanna Lundström
11M ago
Sleeves and sideseams are usually sewn differently on knit fabrics compared to garments made with woven fabrics. Traditionally you start by sewing the side seams and then insert the sleeves into the armhole. On knit garments, the process is somewhat reversed to better suit the properties of knit fabrics. The process is done in two steps: First, the sleeves are attached to the armhole on the flat, before the side seams are sewn.  Then the bodice side seams and the sleeve seam are sewn together in one continuous sequence. So in this instalment of the Eivy Cardigan Sew-Along Series ..read more
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New Sewing Pattern! The Iselin Beret
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by Johanna Lundström
1y ago
Let me introduce my latest pattern, The Iselin Beret — an accessory that is very dear to my heart! I’ve been a beret kind of girl since my early teens and I never ever get tired of them. For over ten years have been sewing my own berets, experimenting with different styles, assembly methods and proportions. And the result of all that research is the Iselin Beret PDF Sewing Pattern, a versatile and stylish take on this classic headwear. Plus the pattern is quick and easy to sew and has several style options. Pattern Features Three style options: Regular beret with a headband Beret wit ..read more
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Eivy Sew-Along: Sewing the Shoulder and Panel Seams
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by Johanna Lundström
1y ago
So in this instalment of the Eivy Cardigan Sew-Along Series, we will go through the best methods for sewing the seams on the Eivy Cardigan. Picking the right stitch You have several stitch options for sewing the Eivy, and the cardigan can be sewn either with a regular sewing machine or a serger. Sewing machine stitches The Eivy Cardigan can be sewn entirely on a sewing machine using one of these two stitches: Narrow zigzag stitch This is an excellent option if the fabric only has a small amount of length-wise stretch. A narrow zigzag stitch means that you reduce the width of the stitch to ma ..read more
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4 Last-Minute DIY Holiday Gifts
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by Johanna Lundström
1y ago
Want to give something handmade to your loved ones? But are strapped for time? I hear you! So to give you some ideas, I have put together four awesome DIY gift ideas that you can sew really quick. Sew a Pair Of Mittens Did you know you can sew a pair of mittens in less than an hour using my Tova Mittens Sewing Pattern? It’s a perfect scrap buster project, and you even Turn an Old Sweater into Mittens for an eco-friendly and hand-knitted look.  Shop Tova Mittens PDF Pattern All Mittens Sewing Tutorials Make a Quick (and Chafe-Free) Buff Sewing a tubular scarf is super ..read more
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