In celebration of Valentine’s Day, what better way to use up my beautiful Liberty London scraps bought from Alice Caroline than with mini canvas art. This can be done using just small pieces of treasured fabrics from your stash. See instructions on how to make this tiny canvas art after the jump. You can also check out my other fabric scrap projects here.
Today I’d like to talk about sewing with knits, my second favorite fabric behind Liberty lawn of course. I like knits because there are many different prints and the fabric is so comfortable. This post and this one provide great information about knit fabric types. I know some of you may be intimidated of sewing with knits so I’d like to go over what sewing tools and techniques I use.
Walking foot – This is invaluable to prevent the knit fabric from stretching because it helps fabric feed evenly as you sew. You can also use a walking foot for quilting like I did with my quilted jacket and fabric scrap quilted pouch.
Ball Point Needle – This sewing needle has a rounded tip to help it slip between the weave of the fabric. You can also use a sharp point needle but it might leave holes that could become tears in your fabric.
DIY Seam Guide – I have an electric Brother sewing machine so I can’t use a magnetic seam guide. I can sew in a fairly straight line but it doesn’t hurt to have some help if you’re trying to set in a sleeve or sew in a neckband and need to maintain an even seam allowance. I used a wood square bought from Michael’s a long time ago and placed blue painter’s tape on the bottom and aligned it to the seam guide on my sewing machine. When sewing I align my fabric edge to the edge of the square to get an even seam allowance. Here is how the square looks on my sewing machine.
Basting Glue – I use this one by Aleene’s. This is a lifesaver when pins are not enough to keep the fabric from shifting. I especially like to use it to align striped fabric to make sure the stripes line up. Here is a striped top I sewed recently and was able to get perfect stripe alignment on the first try. Just dab a few drops of glue on the seam allowance and then sew with a basting stitch to check the alignment.
Fabric Cutting – I used this tutorial on how to cut and match my striped fabric. Know which is the right side of your fabric. I’ve read jersey tends to curls towards the right side of the fabric but I’ve noticed other type of knits also have this behavior.
Sleeve Setting – The benefit of sewing with knits is you can set in the sleeve flat. Here is a tutorial that shows the traditional way and setting in the sleeve flat.
Zigzag Stitches – For hems I use a slight zigzag so it can stretch with the fabric.
Do you have a favorite tool or technique for sewing with knits?
I’m so excited the Liberty of London Spring Summer 2015 collection is finally released! This collection is inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland to mark the 150th anniversary of the first book release. My Duckadilly I Love Liberty fabric club subscription came this week and contains 12 fat eighths from the 2015 collection. I can’t decide which one is my favorite. They are all so lovely.
Here is another picture of the 12 prints side by side. Click on the image to get a closer view.
Now I just need to figure out what projects to use these lovelies with =)
Like many fabric stashers, I have too much fabric and too little space. To make room, I am destashing my Liberty of London fabric on Etsy. I just listed a 30 piece 5″ scrap pack on my Etsy shop. I cut generously so you can trim the excess fabric to get an exact 5″ square if you plan to use the scrap pack for quilting. You can check out ideas on how to use your Liberty scraps here. If you mention this blog post in your purchase, I’ll include a bonus 5″ square in your scrap pack.
I plan to have more listings as I go through my sewing room. Please contact me if you are interested in any prints I’ve shown in my blog as I may have leftover scraps I can sell.
Apologies to my international readers, I am only shipping within the United States. Thanks for stopping by today and happy destash 2015!
Close up of the first 12 pieces.
Close up of the remaining 18 pieces.