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betz white quick turn tool

Last week we revealed pattern #2 in the Road Trip Pattern Club: Patty Young’s adorable Kimono Wrap! When I was making the sash for my wrap I was super psyched to use my newest favorite tool: The Dritz Quick Turn fabric tube turner.

 

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I heard about this tool from one of my students in my Pleated Pillow class at the Mid-Atlantic Mod Retreat and I had to get one right away! It comes with 3 sets of basically tubes and sticks to help you turn sewn straps, sashes and belts right side out. I’ve had a longtime love affair with my bodkin (I know, *weirdo*) but the Quick Turn Tubes have won me over. I’ll show you how easy they are to use.

 

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When sewing a fabric tube, like the sash on my Kimono Wrap, I had a long tube of fabric folded and sewn right sides together. Here it is, shown wrong side out. Both ends are sewn into a point and the sash has an opening in the seam in the middle.

 

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For this example, I used the largest Quick Turn tube (1/2″ diameter). I put the tube into the sash at the opening then let it drop down to one of the points. Next, I took the point of the stick and pushed it into the tube from the sewn end of the sash.

 

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The sash fabric will gather up as you push the stick through the tube and out the other end. You can see the right-side-out end of the sash coming out of the end of the tube above. I continued to turn that half of the sash right side out then inserted the tube back into the other end of the sash. Repeat!

 

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Once I had the sash right side out (in like 30 seconds, no kidding!) I pressed it using my Perfect Strap Tutorial, then topstitched the sash, closing the opening in the seam as I went. Finished!

Do you have a favorite tool for turning? I’d love to know!

 

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  • Wendy

    Thanks so much for sharing your clear pics and instructions on how to use these turning tools! Now I know what I have been doing wrong!

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