day 5: The Friday Tip

I have decided that Friday’s are going to be tip day.  It might be a tip about sewing, crafting, designing, thrifting, breathing, who knows it will all depend on the day, week, month.  Today it’s going to be a sewing tip.

For those of you that do sew, this might not be all that mind bending, but it sure has streamlined my sewing of parallel lines.  FREEZER PAPER!  Using freezer paper might take a bit longer than the washable pen and ruler method, but for me, it’s worth the few extra minutes.  Why, because I think the lines come out straighter and the paper stabilizes the fabric, overall, the outcome is clean, straight and perfect.

What you will need and steps to perfectly sewn parallel lines:

Needs:

  • Freezer Paper, I use “Reynolds Freezer Paper” it comes in a blue box and can be found almost anywhere, with the zippy bags & foil.
  • Ruler & pencil
  • Rotary cutter or scissors
  • An Iron
  • Sewing Machine
  • Project that needs horizontal lines, the project here are the crayon portfolios I make for kiddos to take crayons and color books along with them where ever they go.

Step 1: Draw out the width of strips you will need onto the paper side of the freezer paper; here I am sewing the parallel lines 1 inch apart, so my strips of freezer paper are 1 inch. (if you are using a rotary cutter, you could skip this step)

Step 2:  Cut out the strips.  If you use scissors, cut along the lines, if you use a rotary cutter use your clear ruler, align edge with the one-inch line and cut.  Cut until you have enough strips for your project.

freezer paper ironed into place

Step 3: With your iron on hot, align the freezer paper strip onto your project, waxy side down, and press into place.  The paper will stay put until you decided to remove it, and it will not leave any kind of residue.

stitching along freezer paper (notice fabric change)

Step 4: Sew along both edges of the paper with your machine.

sewing is done, time to remove the paper

Step 5: Remove freezer paper.

perfect!

Ta-da! Perfect straight, parallel lines

Let me know if you decide to try it.

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4 thoughts on “day 5: The Friday Tip

  1. OK, I’ve looked locally at Target and the grocery store, and I haven’t been able to find it. Where have you found it? Maybe I’m not looking for the right thing. I’ve been wanting to try it for stencils, but this is awesome!

    1. I thought I got it at Target, but could have been Nugget or Walmart. It’s usually on the very bottom row. We used it for stencils originally, turned out super cute!

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