August 10, 2020

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How To Turn A Narrow Tube - The Bobby Pin Trick

Do you avoid designs with narrow spaghetti straps because the idea of turning the narrow tube is just too daunting? We have a super easy trick to share to take away that fear and open up the possibilities to sew up those darling designs! The secret is the use of a bobby pin - seriously, it works! After trying this you will have the confidence to turn narrow fabric tubes without fear!

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This exciting sewing tip is being shared with you as an excerpt from the full Sewing Curves and Corners course. This course offers a full sew-along for the Liberty Jane Culotte Jumpsuit plus other tips for sewing curves and corners, if you haven't already checked it out I encourage you to take a peek and pick up a copy of the course today, or join the Sewing With Cinnamon community for more sewing tips, tricks, and community interaction.

Now onto the tutorial... All you need is a bobby pin and a 1" wide piece of woven cotton fabric to test this out. It can be any sewing project, it doesn't have to be just for dolls. This excerpt is demo-ing the strap pieces from the Culotte Jumpsuit pattern design.

 

Wasn't that amazing? Are you ready to try this out yourself? Here's is an additional step by step illustration (from the Culotte Jumpsuit pattern) of the whole process:

1. With RIGHT sides together, fold the strap in half lengthwise. Stitch with 1/4" seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance close to the stitching line.

2. Cut a small slit into the folded edge of the strap about 1/8" from the end. Slide a bobby pin onto the strap. Be sure the small section slides in between the bobby pin. Then feed the top back inside the tube.

3. Continue to push the bobby pin into the tube while pulling the fabric back over the end of the bobby pin.

4. Continue to slide the fabric back while pulling the bobby pin forward.

5. As the tube emerges, carefully slide the fabric all the way to the end.

6. Press the straps and use them with your desired project!

 

Applying this method can help you approach sewing patterns that include narrow spaghetti straps with confidence! Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

     

 

  

 

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100 Comments

Nora
Nora

August 26, 2020

I would love a tutorial on how to line the sleeveless bodice of a doll dress. This would help me out when I want to make sure the dark fabric won’t stain the doll

J Tabler
J Tabler

August 17, 2020

A tutorial for a lettuce edge hem would be amazing! Thanks for running these giveaways. :)

Candace
Candace

August 16, 2020

My fav turner is the Fast-Turn system. I have had that for may years, best sewing gadget ever…

Val
Val

August 15, 2020

Thank you for the tip of using a bobby pin to turn narrow straps, I usually use a small safety pin.

Sue S
Sue S

August 14, 2020

Great tip! I usually use a small safety pin but it can be too bulky. Thanks.

Kathleen Rowley
Kathleen Rowley

August 14, 2020

I would appreciate a truck on seaming&hems! They are so small that they often roll when turning for the sewing. Thanks!

Deborah Hall
Deborah Hall

August 14, 2020

Love this! I was adding facing to a sleeveless shirt rather than turn over the edge. Could I get a pattern piece for the facing at a sleeve and the neck?

Leslie Koepke
Leslie Koepke

August 14, 2020

Like to see a tutorial on how to cut faux fur.

Char
Char

August 14, 2020

Mu biggest challenge is making sure the item fits properly. My finished project is usually to big.

Sandra
Sandra

August 14, 2020

What is the right sized hand needle when doing hand sewing. I like the longer needles, but the eye can be too big for the thread. The shorter needles aren’t as easy to use as I’ve gotten older!

Linda
Linda

August 14, 2020

I would love a tutorial on putting a lining in a coat!

Linda
Linda

August 14, 2020

I would love a tutorial on putting a lining in a coat!

Martha Reese
Martha Reese

August 14, 2020

I would love to see a video on how to make pleats.

Cheryl
Cheryl

August 14, 2020

I love this turning tip but I always have trouble when I trim the seam allowance so small. It tends to pull out. I need to know what I am doing wrong.

Donna Sherry
Donna Sherry

August 14, 2020

Love the bobby pin idea and will be using it a lot in the future.

My machine is 47 tears old so is fussy sometimes on t shirt knits
And sheer fabric. Always looking for suggestions

Donna Sherry
Donna Sherry

August 14, 2020

Love the bobby pin idea and will be using it a lot in the future.

My machine is 47 tears old so is fussy sometimes on t shirt knits
And sheer fabric. Always looking for suggestions

Connie Jagolinzer
Connie Jagolinzer

August 14, 2020

What a clever trick! I would not have thought to use a Bobby pin. I would like to learn tricks to sewing doll clothes in leather (the steam punk jacket is calling to me!)

Jane
Jane

August 14, 2020

Thank you for the tip. I usually use a small safety pin, but they tend to open half way.
I have doll size hair pins, may try them.

Tanya
Tanya

August 14, 2020

Love this technique!!! I’d like help to putting in a lining…a complete lining for a jacket, etc. and tips to hide seams and to get it to fit with no bubbles or excess fabric. Tayloring trchniques to make lapels and collars lay flat. Shoulder pads??? Are they necessary.

J.J. Goody
J.J. Goody

August 14, 2020

How to get an even look on cinched skirt or sleeves to the bodice so it isn’t more bunched in one spot and then flatter in another or even accidentally shows the cinching thread. I make outfits for Barbie sized dolls for Operation Christmas Child and the sleeves especially can be quite frustrating.

Sandy
Sandy

August 14, 2020

Would like quick and easy ways to accessorize a garment (other than shoes, purses and hats). Ideas for hair ribbons, head bands, flowers on head bands, etc.

Nancy
Nancy

August 14, 2020

I’d like to know how to sew leather and faux leather

Susan
Susan

August 14, 2020

How to make tiny buttonsholes

Pat
Pat

August 14, 2020

As others noted, need help in sewing zippers.

Frances T
Frances T

August 14, 2020

My biggest challenge is getting started. I watch so many YouTube videos on sewing and crafts, I print all kinds of patterns and tips, but I just can’t seem to stop and just go to my sewing table and begin. I can’t be the only one with this problem. LOL! I also don’t have a “sewing/craft room”. My dining room table is covered with fabric, sewing machine, patterns, and notions. Help! LOL!

Susan
Susan

August 14, 2020

I would like to know more about inserting zippers—I avoid them.

D’Net Layton
D’Net Layton

August 14, 2020

I’d like to learn how to do hems on chiffon.

Jo
Jo

August 14, 2020

The best tip I’ve seen anywhere! Thank you !!! Now – to find a Bobby pin :-)

Dianne
Dianne

August 14, 2020

Well Cinnamon has helped most of my sewing issues with her many Sewing with Cinnamon classes. They’re invaluable!

Mardelle J.
Mardelle J.

August 14, 2020

I would like to know how to sew a narrow hem without a special sewing machine foot.

Sandra Nixon
Sandra Nixon

August 14, 2020

Great idea, never thought of using a bobby pin.
Sandra

Kathy
Kathy

August 14, 2020

Thanks for the tips, would like tips on button holes and invisible zippers.

candy
candy

August 14, 2020

Your website is amazing, tips, tutorials etc. I still find it difficult to find swim suit material in small prints. The give away you offered during the swimsuit month was great. Can I purchase that bundle? Thank you

Sylvia
Sylvia

August 14, 2020

I would like help with sewing knits. There are lots of cute patterns for knits and I’m just not familiar enough with sewing knit fabric.

Maya S
Maya S

August 14, 2020

I would love to see some tips for sewing with lace, specifically for when using lace together with stretchy knit fabrics.

June
June

August 14, 2020

A friend asked me to make clothes for Build a Kitten—-made by Build a Bear. I have searched your site, pattern books and Pinterest and can not find anything.
Please help!!

Ruth Mirabella
Ruth Mirabella

August 14, 2020

Would love tips for working with materials that fray easily.

Susana
Susana

August 14, 2020

First of all, I would like to congratulate you and thank you for your wonderful website. Then I would like advice on where to find the Doll notions; fabrics but also small accessories, like mini buckles for belt, supplies for shoes…Etc

Lynne
Lynne

August 14, 2020

That is AMAZING!!! I would like some quick tips on inserting an invisible zipper.

Janet P.
Janet P.

August 14, 2020

I love the toip about the thin straps – I;ll certainly try that with my next sundress venture. I would also like a tip or two on gathering a full skirt and attaching it to a bodice smoothly
I also would love to see more ideas for small dolls- Little Miss Revlon, Tiny Betsy McCall, and vintage Cissette. Those are the mainstay of my sewing ..

Rose Sadzewicz
Rose Sadzewicz

August 14, 2020

I have trouble hemming sheer fabric. Would love tips on that. Love all your hints.

Marilu B
Marilu B

August 14, 2020

I’ve done the Pattern class but will like tips on how to adjust patterns to our dolls. Not all AG’s are the same, some chubbier than others.
Also finishing touches like how to sew necks, cuffs (all types) to get a beautiful finish

Cecilia Mire
Cecilia Mire

August 14, 2020

I would like easier patterns patterns with box pleats instead of ruffles. How to sew zippers

Lora
Lora

August 14, 2020

I would enjoy tips on sewing sheer and silky fabrics. My granddaughters want wedding dresses for their dolls.

MILICA
MILICA

August 13, 2020

simpler sewing designs that don’t take so much time

Lori
Lori

August 13, 2020

The best place to shop for specialty fabrics that work with doll clothing. Joann’s doesn’t always have fabrics that would work for doll clothing and that is called for in the patterns.

Christie
Christie

August 13, 2020

How to work with ravelly woven woolen fabrics—I love the way they look and feel but they drive me bananas!

Sparkle
Sparkle

August 13, 2020

Is it possible to sew in an invisible zipper without the plastic adapter foot one buys in order to do that? I am open to and appreciate all tips I learn on this website. Many thanks.

Jeanne
Jeanne

August 13, 2020

Hints on sewing zippers

Cindy
Cindy

August 13, 2020

Gathering on small dresses, etc.

Kristen
Kristen

August 12, 2020

Button hole tips!

Sue
Sue

August 12, 2020

I would like organizational tips for my sewing projects.

Connie M
Connie M

August 12, 2020

Great idea! I would like to see a tip on how to hem sheer fabric and circle skirts. Love the hints

Ann
Ann

August 12, 2020

The biggest challenge or problem that I find is finding fabrics that work for doll clothes and then that is compounded when I’m looking for fabrics that will work together for one garment. Specifically, small prints, plaids, stripes in soft, thinner fabrics that have the right drape. A fabric that looks like suede, for example, but is thin enough to drape on a doll. I used to spend time hunting in fabric stores but those started to shut and then with Covid-19, well, I can’t tell online what something “feels” like and I’ve been a big surprised at how different a color or size of a print is online vs in person.

Feriba
Feriba

August 12, 2020

doll size buttonholes ! I continue to use Velcro until I get better at it.

Karen
Karen

August 12, 2020

I had some beautiful quilted fabric that I used to make a draft dodger for my bedroom window this winter. But it was so hard to turn that I never made a second one. Now I’m willing to try another one using the bobby pin trick. Thank you so much! P.S. When my granddaughter was little, she thought bobby pins were Barbie pins!

Cathy
Cathy

August 12, 2020

Hints on sewing zippers.

cathy
cathy

August 12, 2020

hints for sewing zippers

Joanne
Joanne

August 12, 2020

How do you hem sheer fabric? Like chiffon.

kathy m.
kathy m.

August 12, 2020

I did it turn the strap with thees bobby pin saw your post this week few week ago i was sew up a dress with those strap the pattern used a different tip with needle and thread that didn’t work saw this post redid with the bobbys pin and it work thank you so now i keep my bobbies pin where I can find them buy more and guess what found an other package of b bobby pins

Jackie Koepnick
Jackie Koepnick

August 12, 2020

lists of places to buy doll notions and hemming a circle skirt

Susie
Susie

August 12, 2020

I would like to see a place to post tips and tricks from other users. This would also include places to find accessories for dolls, notions for doll size clothes etc

jacquie Corrigan
jacquie Corrigan

August 12, 2020

I would like tips on sewing hens on very sheer fabric.

Maryann
Maryann

August 12, 2020

I would like help on sewing a pencil case out of plastic.

Marilyn
Marilyn

August 12, 2020

I would like to how to sew a zipper properly.
Marilyn

Jodi Queen
Jodi Queen

August 12, 2020

Would like to know more about how to alter/adjust patterns to fit other dolls than who they are intended for. Example 18" Doll Clothes need to be adjusted to fit Fancy Nancy Doll as
she is chubbier. I always struggle knowing just how to adjust because an adjustment in one area effects other areas that may not need adjusting.

Barbara
Barbara

August 12, 2020

Sewing with knits is my biggest challenge! I’d love a tutorial on how to make a lettuce-edge hem.

Julie
Julie

August 12, 2020

I also have the proble. Of sewing .achine eating my tiny seams! Also, any beginner doll clothes sewing tutorials. Tha ks- Julie

Jo Collins
Jo Collins

August 12, 2020

Great idea for turning narrow straps!

Junie Born
Junie Born

August 12, 2020

I do the sew with Cinnam0n and I never get bored with the new topics you show. thank you.

Debra Luecke
Debra Luecke

August 12, 2020

I just watched it. How to turn a strap was perfect timing!

Frances Rautenbach
Frances Rautenbach

August 12, 2020

How to resize a pattern for a doll of a unique size

Laurie
Laurie

August 12, 2020

He He…my problem is trying to decide what to make next and what fabric to use when I decide what to make. Thanks for the awesome tutorial and chance to win!

Grannie Frannie
Grannie Frannie

August 12, 2020

Don’t know what you can do about this, but I sometimes lack the motivation to see a project through the end! Any ideas?

Suzi
Suzi

August 12, 2020

I have no specific problems but enjoy seeing the hints. I have been sewing for over 60 yrs and this is the first time I have seen the bobby pin trick! You never know what others have come up with.

Cynthia C
Cynthia C

August 12, 2020

Sewing with knits on a small scale is challenging. I’d like any tips that would help with that.

Angela
Angela

August 12, 2020

I have trouble sewing small pieces of fabric because my machine chews up the ends and gets stuck. Some tips on how to handle that would be awesome. Thank you!

sheila
sheila

August 12, 2020

i have trouble making gathers even, they never meet evenly at the ends. thanks for your hints; they help!

Deborah Fields
Deborah Fields

August 12, 2020

Always need advice on reducing bulk from seams at waistline and sleeve arms.

Tina Lott
Tina Lott

August 12, 2020

Is it really possible to make a buttonhole for those tiny buttons? I put a snap behind mine and it took forever to sew all those snap halves and buttons. But it did look really neat when I finished.

Sue
Sue

August 12, 2020

I would like help/ideas of how to keep the waistline level on both sides when installing a zipper across a gathered area – invariably one side slips while sewing all the bulk so the back waistline has a jag.

Renee B
Renee B

August 12, 2020

Very neat idea. I have been sewing for many years and never heard of the bobby pin idea. Another easy way to turn a tube is to lay a narrow cord or string inside the fold line and then sew across the end. Be sure to knot the end of the cord. When you sew the tube, be sure not to catch the string in your stitching. Then pull the string from the open end gently. Very fast and no ripping of fabric on the end that is being pulled through the tube. Then just cut off the end of the string with the knot, pull the string out of the tube. This method has always worked for me on any size tube. Works well with fragile or thin fabric.

Tamara
Tamara

August 12, 2020

I could use help determining when to use different presser feet. I also like the comment that suggested help with invisible zippers.

Gloria
Gloria

August 12, 2020

This comment was made earlier, but I also have this problem – how to keep the sewing machine from eating tiny pieces of fabric such as while making Barbie clothes or smaller pieces on AG clothes.

Barbara Flynn Buehler
Barbara Flynn Buehler

August 12, 2020

I would like to know how to position the zipper correctly when you put it in.

Angie
Angie

August 12, 2020

I’ve sewn for many years. That’s the first time to see this idea for turning straps. Great idea!

Shasta
Shasta

August 12, 2020

Thanks for the tips!

Bridgette
Bridgette

August 12, 2020

I would like to know how to see an invisible zipper! Thank you!

Bridgette
Bridgette

August 12, 2020

I would like to know how to reduce bulk at waist lines

Cindy
Cindy

August 12, 2020

I like all the tutorials! Thank you!

Cath
Cath

August 12, 2020

When sewing my doll clothes I want them to look like clothes do on a human. That means tiny buttons, buckles and closures, thinner fabrics and techniques to eliminate bulk, and fabrics with small motifs or stripes on them. It means using different sewing techniques than I would on a human sized garment, for instance 1/4" seams instead of 5/8". I have a hard time finding cute knit fabrics and closures. I know you have given us a lot of answers on all those, just keep up the good work. Thanks for the opportunities and ideas. Happy stitching!

Connie
Connie

August 12, 2020

I would like to see some tips on sewing ruffles.

Betty
Betty

August 12, 2020

I would like tips on sewing pockets.

June
June

August 12, 2020

I have a lot of trouble sewing a pretty hem on chiffon or really sheer fabric. I would like help learning how to sew a hem on sheer fabric.

Carol
Carol

August 12, 2020

I love the look of square bottom bags, small and large but never remember exactly how to do the corners. A tutorial on this would be awesome

Jeri
Jeri

August 12, 2020

Great tip! I need help with narrow hems and seams. Thanks!

Marian
Marian

August 12, 2020

I appreciate all the tips that remind me of all the things I studied years ago in college.

Doll Lover
Doll Lover

August 12, 2020

I need to know how to easily do tiny button holes!

Linda A C
Linda A C

August 12, 2020

I would like to know how to get the mitered corners on a blanket to look right on the front and back when I am sewing a binding on the blanket. I generally get the binding to look okay on the front but not on the back.

BevM
BevM

August 12, 2020

Cute.

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