As September begins, so begins National Sewing Month. I’m never sure who it is that decides about these events but when it comes to sewing, I’m in.
With the Modern Quilt Guild announcing their Project Modern this month, that seems more than enough of a reason to celebrate, but if you are looking for some additional inspiration, check out our blog each week for a new featured sewing technique.
I’ll be featuring a tutorial from Me and My Sewing Machine by Kate Haxell and then linking to some tutorials online that use that technique.
First up: The French Seam!
This is a classic seam that hides the raw edges of your seam allowance in a nice and neat double fold. It’s a great substitute for clothing when you don’t have a serger, so that those internal finished seams don’t fray or just when you want to have a unlined bag or pouch of any kind but want to hide those unsightly raw edges!
Here are twenty of my favorite projects you can download to try out this technique yourselves!
1. First up, a fast and fun pillowcase from the talented Ashley: http://www.filminthefridge.com/2010/01/27/pretty-quick-pillowcase-tutorial/
2. A duvet cover from Brett Bara: http://manhattancraftroom.blogspot.com/search?q=duvet
3. A drawstring bag from Claudia: http://machenundtun.blogspot.com/search?q=french+seam
4. A Simple Book bag by Thismomsews: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=110668.msg1055478#msg1055478
5. An all-in-one skirt from Stefanie: http://blog.a-common-thread.com/2009/10/tutorial-all-in-one-skirt-french-seam.html
6. A water bottle carrier from Kathy (I made a bunch of these this summer and love them!): http://pinkchalkstudio.com/blog/2006/07/10/whiplash-challenge-water-bottle-carrier/
7. A Laptop/Kindle/Nook sleeve from Amy: http://www.amyalamode.com/blog/2010/04/04/laptop-sleeve-tutorial/
8. A shoe bag from Betz: http://blog.betzwhite.com/2009/02/shoe-bag-tutorial.html
9. A Crib sheet from Dana: http://www.dana-made-it.com/2008/07/tutorial-crib-and-toddler-bed-sheets.html
10. A backpack to hooded beach towel project from Andrea: http://www.thetraintocrazy.com/tutorial-hooded-beach-towel-backpack.html
11. Shower curtain from Brett Bara for Design Sponge: http://www.designspongeonline.com/2010/04/sewing-101-how-to-make-a-shower-curtain.html
12. A travel tissue cover from Jennifer: http://whimwhams.blogspot.com/search?q=french+seam
13. Adorable little boy pants by Lier: http://www.ikatbag.com/2010/02/catch-me-and-my-boy-pants-on-made-by.html
14. Also by Lier, the strawberry bag with an alternative to having a single layer of fabric using the French seam: http://www.ikatbag.com/2010/04/strawberry-bag.html
15. A fat Quarter girls top by Jen: http://efootprints.com/wp/?p=1895
16. A boxy bag pouch from Lizzie: http://lizzetish.wordpress.com/2009/07/16/boxy-pouch-with-concealed-seams-french-seams-tutorial/
17. A sweet little girls bag by Stacy: http://patchyapple.wordpress.com/2009/11/20/easy-mini-ruffled-purse-tutorial/
18. SUPER cute gift bags perfect for Halloween from Suzanne: http://patches.typepad.com/notes_from_the_patch/2010/08/tutorial-tuesday-29-gift-bags.html
19. A summer frock for girls from Susan: http://freshlypicked.blogspot.com/2010/06/summer-frock-tutorial-pattern.html
20. A sweet summer dress from Faith: http://freshlemons.wordpress.com/2010/07/09/a-new-summer-dress/