Thursday, March 20, 2008

hint #6

There's a certain way I sew together the cast-on edge of feet, arms, and the back of heads that gives them a nice rounded shape, rather than having a straight seam. I thought I would share that technique, and I've taken a bunch of photos to help illustrate. They're a little out of focus, because there isn't a lot of light and I had to hold the camera rather than use a tripod. Hopefully you can make out what I'm doing, and try it yourself.

A leg, ready to be sewn.


I use a long tail cast-on, which leaves nice loops along the edge. Other kinds of cast-on will look different, but should still work.


Thread the needle through the loops of the cast-on edge, starting from the side opposite to where your yarn end is attached to the leg.


The needle has been threaded through all the loops of the cast-on edge.


Pull the yarn through the loops, and pull tight until the bottom of the foot is gathered together. There! Now you have a nice, round bottom to the foot. You can continue sewing up the back seam of the leg with the yarn.

6 comments:

Emily said...

That's terrific! Thank you for sharing - I'll try it when I make the monkey (he's next on my list).

Catie said...

cool, thanks for sharing

Jacqui said...

Hey thanks for that! What a useful tip :)

Katt said...

thanks for sharing that tip :D

great to get to see what you do to make your toys so gorgeous.

Pearlyqueen said...

Would be good to put that info in the pattern - I sewed mine up RS together and it was a bit tricky to turn out again...

Megan said...

I realize that this hint was originally posted two years ago, but I just started my first pattern of yours so I am finding it very helpful RIGHT NOW. Thank you so much for having such great information on your website and in your patterns.