Week #3

Week three of learning how to competently sew. This week I learnt a new stitch, the ladder stitch also called slip stitch. I originally wanted to learn and practice 3 different types of stitching – the ladder stitch, blanket stitch, and whipstitch. But I got caught up with the ladder stitch. According to “How To Sew by Hand: 6 Helpful Stitches for Home Sewing Projects,” the ladder stitch is used for sewing pillowcases. I decided to try to make a mock-up pillowcase. I wanted to see if I can apply the stitches I’ve learnt and actually create something. I used two types of stitches, the ladder stitch and the catchstitch, to create this mock-up pillowcase.  So this is the finished product.

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Yeah I know, it looks bad. But hey this is my first time creating something with sewing.

I use fabric from an old pillowcase. I deconstructed it then I cut the fabric into a smaller rectangular piece.

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Then I folded the left and right side of the fabric to create two folds at each end.

(Image credit: Richelle Guerra)
(Image credit: Richelle Guerra)

Next, I folded the fabric into half.

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(Image credit: Richelle Guerra)

I sewed the two folded ends together using the ladder stitch. The ladder stitch is great for hemming because if you match the colour of the thread to the colour of the fabric, the stitch is essentially invisible. I used black thread in order to show you the threading.

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I folded the edges of the bottom of the fabric.

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Then I sewed the bottom together.

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If you can see the edges I didn’t cut the fabric evenly. It’s very crooked. So, I decided to hem the edges of the top to cover.

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I folded the edges of the top of the fabric.

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I used the catchstitch to hem the folded edges.

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This is inside out of the mock-up pillowcase. I just wanted to show you what the catchstitch looks.like.

(Image credit: Richelle Guerra)

 

This is what the finished product looks like outside and inside. I think its a pretty ok attempt for a first attempt.

(Image credit: Richelle Guerra)

 

(Image credit: Richelle Guerra)

2 thoughts on “Week #3

  1. Great post Richelle! I really like how you showed the progression of the pillowcase in words and pictures. I was genuinely excited to see the finished product. I think it’s really cool that you’re learning to hand sew. I feel like using a machine would be another whole learning project. I read your introductory post about why you chose sewing and you’re definitely right, it’s a great skill for saving money and reducing waste. I’m a sustainability lover so I think this is a skill we all should have.

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