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  • 8/29/2022

    Looking for a quick and easy pattern with a bold and modern feel? Look no further than Hexie Mirror! Create this adorable baby size quilt and try out piecing trapezoids with or without templates.

    Brittany Lloyd of Lo & Behold Stitchery provided this fun project. 

    CLICK HERE for the full tutorial


  • 8/22/2022

    Fold Over Elastic or "FOE" is used in such a large part of our ready-to-wear clothing that I am sure you are wearing some RIGHT NOW. Here's a guide for how to "Sew that FOE (Fold Over Elastic) Like a Pro!"

    What is Fold Over Elastic?

    “ Fold Over Elastic” is an elastic widely used in ready to wear garments. It is easy to spot and defined by an elastic you can fold down the center. This type of elastic is lightweight and has great recovery! The elastic is sandwiched over the fabric on top and bottom and attached usually with a Cover Stitch Machine for high performance fabrics and stretch/ knits. This elastic is typically shiny on the finished side. Fold Over Elastic can come in many width options with 5/8” being the most common.


    Why use fold over elastic?

    Fold over elastic finishes the edge of the garment and adds structure/ elasticity to the edge line in one step.


    I think you will find this application to be on multiple pieces of clothing in your wardrobe. This method can be used on sportswear, underwear/ lingerie, as well as under garments / tank tops and so much more!


    Trace out your garment to make a pattern!


    First I began by tracing out the garment to make a pattern. When finishing with fold over elastic you will not need to add seam allowance. This is because the fold over elastic encases the raw edge at the “edge line”. Only add seam allowance where seams are sewn together (at the shoulders and side seams).


    Cut out the Pattern Pieces in your fabric.



    Keep in mind you DO NOT need seam allowance where your FOE Fold Over Elastic will go. Only where you will seam your garment together.


    Assemble Your Garment


    For the next step I assembled the garment. Options for the seams include: Sewing the seams together using a stretch stitch on your sewing machine or Serger like the Janome AirThread 2000D.


    Pin on Your Elastic

    I then measured the elastic on the garment I am copying. I cut two strips, one for each arm hole opening and one for the neckline. I then cut out a thicker band for the under bust. Before pinning the elastic to the garment you will need to seam the elastic together to make one continuous loop.




    I recommend to pin the elastic to the garment before attaching it. You will  stretch out the length of the opening and pin the elastic around the opening. Work your way around the opening while holding the elastic against the inside of the garment. This picture shows the elastic pinned and the garment right side facing you. (Reminder: The shiny side of the elastic is the finished side.) The fabric should line up just shy of the elastic’s fold line.




    Attach Your Elastic


    I used a zig zag stitch to roughly attach the fold over elastic. I set my machine to a wide Zig Zag with my stitch length at 4. This extra step will ensure that when you come back to cover stitch your elastic, you will not miss your garment’s edge or struggle to fold it and sew. TIP: You can also use this step to try on your garment for fit and easily adjust the elastic if needed. The Picture below shows the zig zag basting stitch has held the elastic in place before I start the cover stitch.






    Using my Janome CoverPro 3000 Professional, I fold over the elastic remaining onto the front face of the garment and top stitch. TIP: Do not pull your fabric or elastic through the cover stitch machine while sewing.



    You will notice, using the CoverPro 3000, your garment will look professional top and bottom. I am using wooly Nylon thread in this example for maximum stretch and fiber matching. TIP: using the AUTO THREADER is essential to threading wooly nylon thread into your machine. If you do not have access to a CoverPro 3000, don’t worry you can zigzag this step on your Janome Sewing Machine!


    Sit Back and Admire



    Trying to achieve Factory finishes can be intimidating. This is why I like to work through a garment and copy how it should be sewn to get comfortable with techniques like these. Fold Over Elastic is definitely an industry standard but I recommend trying it out. Finishing your garment with FOE Fold Over Elastic will ensure your work looks just as good if not better than store-bought!


     Did you enjoy this post? For more from Jacquline Terry head over to her website. LINK HERE


  • 6/24/2022

    Have you ever wanted to dress as your favorite superhero but don’t know where to begin? A great place to start is with the wrist bracers. These are a quick and easy project that you can try at home. Follow along with NipahDubs as he shows you how he went about making these bracers with some stretch lycra fabric and craft foam. There are many ways to go about making these but this is a way to do it so the fabric of the bracers will match the fabric of your suit.

    Click here For the Full Project Tutorial

  • 6/1/2022

    “How do you handle sewing stretch/slinky/textured fabrics?”.

    It's not a straightforward answer, so Janelle Santner of Seams Come True decided she would do her best to walk you through her favorite techniques and tips when working with tricky fabrics! She will demonstrate these with her current make, a rainbow-striped 2-piece outfit made out of stretchy, metallic Bodre fabric.

    Bodre is a lightweight fabric with irregular pleats that drapes beautifully but tends to slip around when being cut and sewn. When she saw this fabric, she immediately thought of all the gorgeous flowers at Biltmore House in Asheville, NC, and knew she wanted to make an outfit to wear there on her next visit!

    Click here to view the tutorial

  • 5/27/2022

    Hola! It’s Fran from Cotton and Joy back with the fourth and final pattern of the holiday pillows series! If you missed the first three, you can find them here, here, and here


    I’ve loved sharing these quick and fun projects with you all over the last year! The fourth and last pillow in this series is a Patriotic inspired scrappy pillow. The romantic in me can’t help but love Valentine’s and adding little touches of Valentine’s inspired decor to my home so it doesn’t look so sad after all the Christmas decorations come down. And it’s perfect to use up some of those scraps we all have in our sewing rooms!


    Download the PDF pattern here!




    For quilting I decided to do my go-to quilting - straight line quilting! I used the walking foot on my Janome 9450 and quilted lines one inch apart. I marked my quilting lines with my trust hera marker and then got to quilting


    For this whole series, I have been loving the look of binding on pillow covers. For this one, I used one of red for the binding to complete the red, white, and blue look.





    One of the things I love about this classic Sawtooth star design is how easily it can be brought into other seasons with a change in fabrics! Below is a mockup of the same design, with different colors - isn’t it so fun?


    I hope you enjoyed this project and don’t forget to come back for more projects!


    Fran, xo

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