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Creating Denim Frame Around Images

Susan Beal

Simple Sewing Projects for Beginners

Susan Beal

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19. Creating Denim Frame Around Images


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Creating Denim Frame Around Images

Okay great. So now that we've got to move this forward just a bit now that we've moved onward with these to their each measuring eight and a half by eleven each one is back to white quoting cotton in the fuse double layer so it's nice and durable you can see it's just got a little more body than the very lightweight drawing transfer that we started with and another thing I think would be really fun is to use you know instead of maybe a child's drawing you can always get something a little different process but a same creativity they sell fabric markers that children or adults can use to draw right on toe white quilting cotton so you could have your child or you could do a drawing yourself with that and just use that directly instead of buying printable patrick sheets so next we're going tio cut our dinner which is gonna frame each of the drawings so if you can get your quarter yard of jena as I mentioned a little earlier this's exactly nine inches and it's about it's a fifty four to si...

xty inch wide de normal work perfectly for this I love efficient projects and it only takes a quarter yard if you have any cutting problems or cutting airs just cut a second piece it's no big deal but I wanted tio go ahead and show you so arranged it with the salvage is aligned here and you're going to cut this nine and strip into a four inch wide and a five inch wide section she will divide it not in half of the half way mark, but here's four inches and leaving five these two strips she'll use to is a sort of a patchwork, almost like a log cabin is one of my favorite quoting techniques and it's, almost like log cabin you're building around in this case a rectangle instead of a center square, but using are quoting ruler and rotary cutter one thing that may work well, teo it. If you want to use a washable fabric marker, you can turn the dinner to the wrong side where it'll show better and market with you're quoting ruler so that you have more of a reference point if you have a shorter or different quoting ruler, so I'm going tio holding this town just with firm pressure, I'm gonna cut starting near me and always going away from my body, never back, even just to make a small correction, and it was just going to keep this heavy tandem is a little more challenging to cut them, quoting cotton it's certainly not impossible, but you'll want to take it a little slow so that your reverie cutter doesn't veer to the side or you don't end up with any danger of cutting yourself or any other steaks one side four inches the remaining five inches so with a smaller halting ruler like the one that you're using you may want to flip it over and fold would be great and then also flip over and possibly use the washable fabric marker on the wrong said the dinner where the blue will show so I'm just gonna worry at this again and keep my side need and street and cut the sport so if you have any spots like this correct them by cutting away from yourself as I've mentioned um I've seen a rotary cutting uh accident a so day and it is always stuck with me that being careful and mentioning at fifty times is well worth it it's we're gonna tremor salvages this's my for inch piece and you'll just notice the five inch in the foreign church very similar but the foreign just clearly a little bit narrower so you can tell which is which will be cutting them just slightly differently I'm just gonna turn my soldiers here. All right? So I'm gonna set my foot four inch section aside for now we'll come back again in a minute or excusing that was the fact this's the forage I'm just going to set that aside for a moment and now I'm going to do a sub cut on my five inch wider strip I wanna cut an eleven inch piece of it from one end thiss isn't too complex but we'll just wantto measure it on on cutting that's blind it up with zero on the side and so at eleven on this side I was just how about ready to go here so I'm gonna cut this so I now have a five inch wide and eleven and song strip I'll set the rest of my five inch wide strip aside for just a second and now I'm going to cut this eleven inch strip and you'll notice eleven inches is the same as are drawing so it's time getting that measurement for you'll see more in a moment and I'm going to sub cut this a second time so that this yields a two and a half inch one two and a half ah strip that's eleven inches now we're going to start sewing start with spring my daughter strong there and I've got this two and a half by eleven in strip it's going to join to the top of your drawing our image that you've transferred onto fabric and reinforced we're going to sew this with our quarter inch foot if you have one for everyone who's also using a singer inclusion including the four of you the quarter inch but looks like thus there's several other options you can certainly so this with a regular presser foot and just I the quarter inch you can make a mark on your sewing machine or on your foot that helps you iet or you can simply just make the measurement and then follow it with your eye but the cordage but it's really nice if you do any amount of patchwork are quoting it's a really nice one a half so I'm using a straight stitch my length is going to be a little longer than usual it's going to be it just closer to three because system is very thick and for something like two layers of quoting cotton I might use a two and two point five two r uh the measurement of my sewing machine I'm going to be stitching this with five this is a great time to mention too that I love my sketchbook that I use for these kinds of projects I've made myself all kinds of notes about the first and second time I said this bag so I remember my favorite things I did or things I would maybe you know do a variation of the next time so it's narrow workers mine when edges clean like I cut my five but oh yeah let's just get you some more fabric it's just much easier to have the rate measurements I can really understand it's just one of those things where if you have more fabric and we do because I brought that dinner from portland and I like a nice size yes like he's a bit let's get you all set up perfect um so singer suz you're five inch the window were five and I cut the five. First of the five is right on the money, but this one is like aye, area not, you know, let's. Go with a five inch, and if you said cut it to the two and a half by eleven pieces, you can just keep going. And we'll make sure that kate can bring you some more fabric. Yeah, for things like fabric and for things like I my in my first crafty life, I was a jewelry maker is studied casting and metal working. And then I did a lot of other fabrication. It's just not worth it to try to rework medal of sometimes it's just not going to do what you want after its work hard and kind of the same with fabric. Sometimes it's better to just kind of go forward and and be in a good place with it. Becky, can I ask you a quick singer question? Sure. I want to make sure because I just every so machine is a bit different. Could what you want to see if this, you know, look centered, tio sure. Correct. Setting sure. At the top of this machine, there's a something that says needle position we want to make sure that's in the center and then the stitch with control for this machine should be set at zero so you're back to straight stitch and then I should be perfectly centered and they're all set up that's wonderful thank you that's a perfect tip because my with was still set to the side for mice exact so that was exactly what it thank you just one of those things where if your needles exactly centered it will really help obviously with getting ah ideal straight stitch instead of one that's the needle might be out of position so with this quarter inch but I'm going to stitch forward the entire length of this patchwork one thing with this kind of patchwork construction you do not need to back stitches crucially she would for government because you're just going to come back and at us the next set of fabric on each side catching your seems so you don't need to back stitches crucially, as if you're making a government that won't have that kind of reinforcement orange piece of is that denham that you're selling this on the underside of the dinner ok, of the foreign piece of the five inch piece this is the five inch piece that I said cut until ten and a half inch yes so yeah just to recap, I'll show you with my second set so it's clear because I won't have to take it off the machine this's the drawing right sides facing this is the correct side of the general we're going to align this at the top of the drawing and use a quarter inch seam allowance stitch the's together securely and we won't need to back such as I mentioned just because next we're going to be adding fabrics here and they'll catch those in the scene and reinforce them in a different way so yeah totally so I'll just such a spoiler and if you normally so garments the quarter and seemed like really tiny but it is nice for patchwork soon I'm gonna look at my such is that looks great um the denim is just a hair longer than this I want to trim away my access if you have any difference between the two you control room here longer section so I'm just gonna so mine you're welcome to construct one side and then come back and do the second sight but just since I've got these in front of me now I'm just gonna go ahead and do them in this order um so they're both kind of assembled at the same time in it goes smoothly for everybody sewing along at home so this is a two two and a half inch by eleven inch strip it's the other one that I sub cut from my five inch section and there's certainly other ways to cut this fabric I just loved how with this kind of specific way you can get this entire tote bag out of a single quarter art of home deck dunham I love efficient patterns as I said okay so now I'll just switch this the same way the quarter and seen allowance except for the threat from town so I don't like meat off headers are so nice his storm were leaning down with my first machine which was in nineteen sixties aqua singer and having to thread the thread right through the eye of the needle I got pretty good at it but it's nice not to have to each and every time all right take two I've got just out of a lineman at the end grab my seam ripper and just redo that last couple inches because I really like tohave neat corners and sometimes just does make a difference so I'll line it a second time and I'll just catch my same scene line just before I pulled it out so it's reinforced way go so you know I have both my drawings with my denham over the top of the drawing and just a zay mentioned you're going to lose about a quarter inch around your design to the sewing so just make sure that nothing crucial is in this area with this one the top of the spring rain cloud is kind of melting into that but I think it looks totally fine and catches the majority of the drawing so next we're going to take our foreign strip and we're going to add it tio the side a bit strong, what I'm going to do is take the bottom of my drawing, and I'm going to a lineup right sides together, so this is at the top and I'll show you again after I pin this so it's kind of held in place for my description, and I'm going to continue putting downward so that they stay together, including here I don't always pinned my patchwork sometimes it's easy to just align it, but in this case, I wanted to mention one important thing way are going to be sewing dinner essentially on all sides of the strong, and we're always going to be sewing with our seems pressed outward as you can see this one, the back of this drawing the seam is going to be pressing outward away from the center. So with us, when I stretch forward, it will naturally reinforce that and stitch down over the scene. And if you've ever done log cabin quoting or another kind of square within a square type of quoting, you might have noticed this that when used so clockwise as a piecing direction or when you so with your seems away from center, I think, lies nice and flatten it's easy to press that's what we're doing this time pieces because right now this is a huge long piece yeah, you're measuring it to the actual in it yes that's a great question I'm just I'm just pending it this is the four inch wide peace and I'll just double check that because it's always good but it's a huge exactly it's a huge long piece and we're going to just trim it at the end you can also trim it right now off the weights bothering you efforts you notice it, but I actually kind of like the precision of turning at the end because then you can end up with a very even kind of overlap you khun uses you can use is an edge, so I'm just going to stitch this up my quarter and seem allowance and then tram rate as I'm finished. So now I just mention again as I stitch forward, I'm going to go over the scene that's going to reinforce that it's being pressed away from the center of the white drawing. No, I'm going to use just my fabric shares and I'm going to trim this away at the point where it intersects there soon I have a drawing with a narrow top two and a half inches and a wider side for inches no, I'm going to add the other four inch wide on the other side and this time just for simplicity when it's so it top to bottom again it's really up to you you can sew it the opposite way if you prefer it's as long as it's a sturdy seen that is a quarter inch away from your edge or great but I just want to show you here because I changed my orientation I'll be sewing with this seem pressing away from center and I penned it so that my machine doesn't accidentally so it forward because it will be the opposite way of the sewing rant ation so as you can see when I search thus one thing I like to do if this is starting to push forward and my little seam is about to get pushed the opposite direction and I wanted to lie flat I'll leave my needle down, lift my presser foot as I just did and then take my pen out so that it has a better chance of sewing flat so no, I've got two sides so mr you know look like a puppet theater something um and I'll trim away this one so there we go. I'm now going to add my two for inch sides to my second drawing a little more quickly since we now have a bit of experience with it and it's the identical technique to the first two khun um another thing I'll mention is if you do have with this kind of very simple patch work if you do have just a little extra bit. A fabric care, just trimming away a friend of mine in, quote gold's, cause it's, sniffin flip. So, you know, chop this again, and you'll see this one I didn't bother to. Penn thinks. I'm just used to patchwork and sewing these kinds of seems, but you can pen or not pin whichever you're more comfortable with, I just hold it together, so it's a line, so no service, other side on e same way, it said. With this opposite way, I'll pause right before to make sure it's lying flat and then move forward.

Class Description

Are you intimidated by your sewing machine? Don't be! Join experienced sewist Susan Beal as she guides you through the basics of sewing, including using straight stitches, zigzag stitches, simple appliqué, and easy binding.

Using simple projects in kid's sizes, Susan will teach you to customize t-shirts, create simple tote bags, reusable napkins, and more! You'll learn tricks that the experts use to create their own contrasting binding tape, how to sew on a variety of fabrics, and how to incorporate snaps and eyelets into your projects.

If you're a beginning sewer this course will give you clear, easy-to-follow ideas and inspiration for projects that tap into your family’s creative spirit.



What a great class! Susan does a fabulous job explaining each project and is great at giving you a heads up on what issues you might face with each project. I've now made two applique projects with another in the works. I've also made two of the girls skirts. Susan gave me the confidence to try and I am really happy with the results. Hope to try the binding tape soon. Thanks for offering this video.

Amanda Siska

Susan's projects were the best introduction to sewing I could have hoped for! I wasn't able to watch every project, but the ones I saw were simple, VERY clearly explained, and perfect for a beginning seamstress like myself. I'd never used binding tape before, or elastic, but now I'm confident about making my own binding tape and adding elastic waistbands to pretty much anything. I was immediately inspired to make a few skirts for myself after watching the simple children's skirt in this course, and I'm planning to make cloth napkins and an oilcloth lunch sack as well. I wish I'd gotten to see the applique portion, so I think I'll have to purchase the course in order to see that part. I'm positive that it will be just what I need to learn the process! I see that the previous reviewer was disappointed by the lack of diversity of crafts for this course, but I find that the name "Simple Sewing Projects for Beginners" was completely accurate for what it was. Perhaps it was categorized in a craft category, which would still seem applicable. I think it was advertised as having back to school projects to make for your kids, which is an even more detailed description of the course, since it includes clothing for boys and girls, as well as a lunch tote, cloth napkin, cape, and maybe more things I missed. Overall, this was my first Creative Live experience, and I was blown away by how informative and fun it was to watch!


Fun projects to make for your little one. Susan explains things so clearly. Very nice that she also offers patterns and written instructions for free