Shelley Made: A Gift For my Fabric Designing Friends...

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

A Gift For my Fabric Designing Friends...

To celebrate the start of the New Year...a gift from me to you...my fellow Spoonflower designers.

I've been asked, and people have commented - a lot - on my lovely matching seams...

 
 
 
 

How do I do it?  Well - I'm going to let you in on my secret... :) 
 
It's all in the designing.  The scale of the design to be precise.

This trick works well for items that use a full yard across.  Like curtains, skirts, dresses, etc.  I often modify a pattern for my daughter to use a full yard across...and gather it to fit her, either more or less than stated.

So - lets use Spoonflower's Cotton Poplin as an example.  My favourite of the fabric options at the moment.  The example below is my Fancy Swirls fabric, in light blue...


It is 42 inches wide, as you can see in the screen above.  In order for this matching seam trick to work...you need to have a repeat that divides evenly into the 42 inches (or 56 for Sateen, etc, etc).  I used 7 inches across.  7 x 6 = 42.  Perfect.  If I had wanted a smaller scale print, I could have used 6 inches, bigger at 14 inches...you get the idea right?

So, go ahead and create your design, or modify an existing one like I did.  Upload it to Spoonflower, set your Design Size accordingly.  See mine says 7.00 x 7.00in, 150 dpi?  That will work nicely for the Poplin, and give 6 full repeats across.

Order it.  Wait for it to arrive.  Give it a wash, and an iron.

Pop it on a cutting board.  This is the red version of my design...which I made into a border print for a skirt for my daughter.

 
 
This is one benefit of having huge selvedge edges from Spoonflower!  You need precise cutting for this to work, so I use a rotary cutter and a clear ruler.  Decide on your seam allowance.  I used a half inch (the grids on my ruler are half inch lines).  Line the printed edge of your fabric on one side of the yard like this...  Make sure ALL of the print touches your line.  I had a couple of spots that needed a little tug to straighten.  



This is where you see that I'm left handed! :)  Do the reverse if you are a rightie...  Can you see I've gone a half inch to the left of the print?  That's my seam allowance.  Off you go - cut...nice and straight.

 
Repeat for the other side of the yard - again cutting the distance from the edge of the print for your seam allowance.  I've folded the finished cut edges into the centre so you can begin to see what will happen...
 


Next - put your right sides together - matching your two cut edges evenly.  Pin it together, then sew just to the left of the white...

 
 
Open it out and check your handiwork...
 
 


Pretty neat right?  Plus it's SO simple, and gives a lovely end result...




Happy sewing fellow Spoonflorists!

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