Afton of Quilting Mod has been publishing a series of blog posts titled 10 Sewing Notions You Need to Know About. Recently, one of the items she talked about was a heat resistant ruler that can be used when turning and pressing seams. I thought this little tool was ingenious.
Last week when I was making the tote bag for the tutorial rewrite, I found myself needing to fold over the ends of the zipper casings. Each end needs folded 1/4″ and then pressed. I always find a way to burn myself when making those casings because that quarter inch is so narrow. Of course, I don’t have that ruler in my sewing room yet so I improvised.
I used the cardboard piece that came in the charm pack I was using in my project, and I drew a line 1/4″ from the edge.
Then, I folded the fabric to that mark, finger pressed it, and then hit it with the hot iron (after removing the cardboard).
Works like a charm!
Now all my turned ends are the same width, and none of my fingers were harmed in the making of the tote bag. Yay! I wouldn’t recommend pressing with the cardboard in place – I don’t know how heat resistant it is. But if you find yourself needing to fold over the edge of your fabric and want a consistent size, this cardboard trick will work until you can find yourself the real deal! 🙂
Linking up with Yvonne’s Tips & Tutorials Tuesday.