Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tips & Tools: Loop Turner

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This post is a part of my weekly Tips & Tools Tuesday series. To see past T&T posts, go HERE.

I’d like to introduce you to one of my most favorite tools for sewing projects.

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A Loop Turner. I bought mine at Joann’s, and you can also find it online HERE. I first became acquainted with this tool when I was in middle school and taking sewing lessons after school (as explained in THIS post). That was back in the day when scruchies were super cool. I made so many of them, and my loop turner allowed me to whip them out quickly! As far as projects I’ve made lately using this wonderful tool…

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1. Ultimate Activity Book (tape strap) 2. Sassy Headband (should have used but couldn’t find the loop turner!) 3. Red Purse (straps) 4. Stockings (hanging strap on 2) 5. Diaper Bag (strap) 6. Headband 7. Dress (straps) 8. Diaper Bag (strap) 9. Sunny Little Miss Dress (straps)


Today I’m going to show you how to use a loop turner while making these adorable bracelets.

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I made them using the tutorial from Women Who Do It All. I followed the tutorial and cut my fabric strips. But I wanted to do something a little different with my bracelets, so I sewed grosgrain ribbon down what would be the center after the bracelet was sewn together. (Something random: it wasn’t until I was talking with my mom the other day that I found out that the “s” in grosgrain is silent.)

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I ironed my strips, then sewed the two raw edges, right sides together.

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And then I got to use my Loop Turner!

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Slide the loop turner through the tube.

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Hook it onto the end of the tube.

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Gently pull through.

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Do it gently and carefully, making sure you don’t wiggle it so much that you cause it to unhook.

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It seriously only took me 10 seconds per strip to turn them right side out. Way faster than using a safety pin!

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I was able to use the loop turner again when pulling the elastic through. Just slide the turner back through tube again

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This time hook it on the elastic, and pull through. Since there wasn’t a lot of wiggle room between the width of the fabric and the elastic, I had to help it along a little bit. But once again, so much faster and easier than using a safety pin.

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Follow the rest of the tutorial directions, and you’re finished!

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I love the way these bracelets turned out!

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Now I’m just going to have to figure out what to wear them with!

And that’s how you use a loop turner. It’s an amazing tool that will save you so much time!

Is there anything you’ve wondered could be done faster or more simply? Is there a tool you have that you don’t know how to use? Let me know and I’ll see about adding it to my list for Tips & Tools Tuesday.

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2 comments:

  1. cute, I shared a bracelet today too!

    Did you get my message on here? I have not heard back from headband winner and have no address, I don't want her to think I am not following through. Hope it's not my dumb yahoo again. If you contact her and get her address I would appreciate it. Thanks :)

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  2. very cute!! I'll have to go out and get a loop turner!

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