How to sew a circle

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How to sew a circle

Post by jennyo » Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:20 pm

I'm wanting to sew a circle made of cotton onto something. How do I make a perfect circle - are there any tricks? I've tried ironing it (both by making slits around the edge and without), and also tried putting a stiff piece of card underneath to try and get the edges smooth. Help!

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Re: How to sew a circle

Post by Claire » Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:24 pm

what you need is double sided interfacing. You can get it at sewing shops or I have some spare you could have. It irons on to one side, then you cut the circle.. then you iron it to the main fabric.
It's the best and easiest way.

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Re: How to sew a circle

Post by jennyo » Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:26 pm

Ta. So that means the edges won't fray?

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Re: How to sew a circle

Post by jennyo » Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:32 pm

And I have normal interfacing but no double sided stuff. Could I just use the normal stuff then hand sew it down?
(Btw I'm making a ball and the circles are to go over the pointed joins at the ends)

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Re: How to sew a circle

Post by sjl » Fri Feb 24, 2012 2:16 pm

The long hand way, but tidy.
Cut out your circle size from card board
Cut out from fabric with a decent seam allowance.
Run a gathering thread around the circle in the seam allowance.
Put the cardboard template in the middle and pull the gathering thread tight.
Iron it, with the card still inside, preferable with some steam, if the fabric is ok with steam
Take cardboard out and iron it some more.
Stitch it on.
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Re: How to sew a circle

Post by jennyo » Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:21 pm

sjl wrote:The long hand way, but tidy.
Cut out your circle size from card board
Cut out from fabric with a decent seam allowance.
Run a gathering thread around the circle in the seam allowance.
Put the cardboard template in the middle and pull the gathering thread tight.
Iron it, with the card still inside, preferable with some steam, if the fabric is ok with steam
Take cardboard out and iron it some more.
Stitch it on.
Great thank you. That is kind of what I was envisaging but I am pretty new at this sewing stuff (and my spacial awareness is truely shocking). I couldn't figure out whether a gathering stitch would work and where to put it. Thanks, I'll give it a go!!

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Re: How to sew a circle

Post by drlauren » Fri Feb 24, 2012 4:10 pm

jennyo wrote:Ta. So that means the edges won't fray?
as most of the edges will be cut on the bias it shouldn't really fray much anyway
All the stuff i've sewn on with the double sided stuff i've used a zig-zag so haven't tested the theory.
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Re: How to sew a circle

Post by jennyo » Sat Feb 25, 2012 7:35 am

sjl wrote:The long hand way, but tidy.
Cut out your circle size from card board
Cut out from fabric with a decent seam allowance.
Run a gathering thread around the circle in the seam allowance.
Put the cardboard template in the middle and pull the gathering thread tight.
Iron it, with the card still inside, preferable with some steam, if the fabric is ok with steam
Take cardboard out and iron it some more.
Stitch it on.
I did this and it worked! :D

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