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Slow Sewing on Sew Mama Sew.


13_big stitch coasters_baste and big stitch_carolyn friedlander


I’m absolutely thrilled to be helping kick off a new series on slow sewing over at Sew Mama Sew. You can find the post here. I really enjoyed sharing my thoughts on why I slow sew, and it was super fun putting together a tutorial for these fun, big-stitch coasters.


8_big stitch coasters_finished coasters_carolyn friedlander


Head on over, check it out, and let me know what you think.

Why do you slow sew?



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testing a new tool. (+ bias tape tutorial)


applique iron


I picked up a mini iron this week for a project I’m working on, and I’m surprised how much I like it already–she is surprisingly effective!


I splurged on the upgraded model with the safety guard, which was a good call. I can be a klutz and so any risk reduction in that area is probably worthwhile, especially since I still managed to singe myself on the hot holder on day 1. Watch out for that too.


Here’s a quick tutorial for double fold bias tape since I was just cranking some out. To be honest, I wouldn’t have thought this iron would give me such a great crease on something like this, but it turns out that it does just the trick. I’m a convert.



To make 1″ double fold tape, start with 1-7/8″ strips cut on the bias. Join with diagonal seam and press open.


diagonal seam


Feed the tape through a bias tape maker (#25 for this particular size) WRONG side UP and press folds in place as she comes out.


first fold_carolyn friedlander


To make it double fold, bring one side up so that folded edges are about 1/8″ apart. Press in place.


double fold bias_carolyn friedlander


Ta-dah. Jazz something up with your own custom binding. I’m always a fan of that.

And I’m apparently a real sucker for this ledger print in that bias-trim-scenario, see here and here.


architextures double fold bias tape_carolyn friedlander



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