How To Make A Seam Roll - Free Template

Learn how to make a seam roll - This free template for a seam roll is for everyone who loves sewing. It will make your projects so much easier to press, and your seams better-looking! A seam roll is a useful sewing aid, used for pressing hard-to-reach areas due of their shape or size, like this cute zipper pouch. And have you ever tried to neatly press gathers? A seam roll just makes that so much easier! Download your free template and make your own seam roll. An easy sewing project for beginners.
How to make a seam roll is a sewing tutorial with a free template for a seam roll, a useful pressing aid - you also get a free template.

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I have a confession to make. I've been sewing for ages, but I haven't got a proper seam roll that would help me press the small items, tiny curves and tube-like things like this cute zipper pouch. I usually used a towel instead, rolled into the desired shape and size. Sometimes, it worked pretty well and sometimes it didn't, but just recently I've had enough and finally made one. It's such a quick project, and you'll use up quite a lot of your cotton scraps (Need a  scrapbusting project? This one!)

How to make a seam roll is a sewing tutorial with a free template for a seam roll, a useful pressing aid - you also get a free template.

When you're sewing, there is a lot of pressing involved. A lot. And we both know that, otherwise you wouldn't be reading this. So far, I've been fiddling with improvised pressing aids, such as rolled towels or even a great soft-cotton baby blanket, to get my new sewing creations into the right form when pressing. 

With each new project, I thought I'd make a proper seam roll myself, you know - 'some time soon'. So I always walked past the Dritz tailor's hem and seam rolls in the fabric store, thinking one of these days I'll make one anyway, and reuse my scrap fabric along the way. Boy that took me long!

So here's - finally! - a proper seam roll. And a tutorial and a free template, to celebrate my new make :)

Supplies:

How to make a seam roll is a sewing tutorial with a free template for a seam roll, a useful pressing aid - you also get a free template.

  • 8.5 x 11" of fabric that can take iron heat - mid-weight cotton will do perfectly!
  • sewing machine and needle, pins
  • sewing thread, tailor chalk pen
  • scissors, or rotary cutter plus cutting mat (I use this one by Olfa)
  • optional: pinking shears
  • the free PDF Template (available from my Craftsy account - scroll to the end of this post)

Seam Roll Tutorial:


1) Using the free PDF template, cut out the two pieces from your fabric.
How to make a seam roll is a sewing tutorial with a free template for a seam roll, a useful pressing aid - you also get a free template.

2) Use marking pen or tailor's chalk to transfer the darts. I also stick a pin directly into the spot where the dart ends, and this is the most important marking. The second two spots, end of dart, I snip two little marks on the seam allowance, using my scissors. For these small darts, I also add one pin to pin perpendicularly, like this:

How to make a seam roll is a sewing tutorial with a free template for a seam roll

3) Sew the darts, altogether there will be 8 little darts to sew. Starting at the edge, that is at the widest part of the dart, slowly sew a straight line directly into the spot where the dart ends. Use a small stitch length. Remove pins as you sew.

When you approach the dart point, shorten the stitch and sew on several stitches  to leave long thread tails.
free template for a seam roll

4) Once you've got your darts sewn, place the pieces together, right sides facing. Match dart seams and fold darts in opposite directions to reduce bulk along the edge.

sleeve roll free template and tutorial
5) Pin and stitch around using a 1/4" seam allowance. Leave an opening for turning. (See how I left the double pin markings?)

seam roll sleeve roll - free pattern

6) Notch the seam allowance on the rounded parts to reduce bulk - take care not to snip into any stitches. You can use pinking shearsto clip the curved edge portion.

If you need it, here's a good tip about clipping corners and trimming for you:

how to trim fabric


7) Turn right-side-out and press well.
sewing tutorial with a free template for a seam roll

8) Using your fabric scraps, stuff the seam sleeve tightly. Even better, you use sawdust (I had none at hand.) You'll use up a lot of scraps, as the seam roll needs to be quite hard to hold its shape.

9) Close the opening using a ladder or a slip stitch. Done!

Here's Your Free PDF Sewing Template:


So, You can get it on Craftsy, where I post all my PDF patterns and templates (the majority are free), if you click here:

free pattern for seam roll - pressing tool

(Here are all my PDF sewing patterns)

This free template for a seam roll is for everyone who loves sewing. It will make your projects so much easier to press, and your seams better-looking!

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How to make a seam roll - free template and tutorial for a seam roll, a useful sewing aid for pressing hard-to-reach and narrow areas. Get your free template!​




Damjana

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