Sewteacher.com is a grassroots business created by and designed for working professionals, stay at home moms, amateur decorators, and anyone who is interested in creating original decorative and functional products for their home.
The Sewteacher philosophy is based on the idea that quality home decorative goods and professional sewing products aren't only for those who can afford to hire high-priced decorators and seamstresses. The DIY or do-it-yourself movement is growing as quality goods become more expensive to buy, and more consumers across the nation are seeking ways to make their own products in a more cost effective manner. The added benefit of the satisfaction and sense of accomplishment that comes from designing and making your own home goods only adds to this growing phenomena. We here at Sewteacher firmly believe in the do-it-yourself attitude, and our goal is to help you design and produce your own home decorative products such as pillows, window treatments, bedding, using the same methods and tools the professionals use, at a fraction of the cost!
Sewteacher instructional videos feature our Creative Director, Beth Bates, a professional seamstress with many years experience making window treatments, bedding and pillows. Beth will walk you through the steps in a calm, relaxed manner, using easy to understand instructions and examples, all the while giving you special insider seamstress tips and suggestions. Beth will show you how the professionals do it, so you don't have to hire them to do it for you!
Christmas Tree Skirt - Sewing the Face Fabric and Trim
Beth Bates, an interior seamstress with SewTeacher, shows you how to sew the face fabric and trim for the custom Christmas tree skirt
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Beth Bates: Hi, I am Beth Bates and I am with the company SewTeacher. Today I am teaching you how to make a custom Christmas tree skirt. We have our lining pinned to our face fabric and now we are ready to begin sewing. Before we begin sewing mark where you needle is with a tape, measure out and home decorator sewing almost all inseams are sewn at a half an inch out.
So using a sticky, you can mark and line it up, in that way all of your inseams be nice and straight in half an inch. Now, the trim I am using for this skirt is inside the seam. So I have sort of fanned it out, and I am just going to start lining it up. So it just touches and I will pull out the pins as I go along. Be sure to back track, and holding your fabric together, go slowly around, taking out the pins as you go along. Notice, how I am gently pulling on the fabric, all the time making sure the fabric touches the paper.
Okay, I am going to continue to sew all the way around the skirt, I will back-tack which means revere it and go forward again when I get to the end and then we will take it to the table and begin cutting out the center circle. I have almost come out all the way around to the end. When I finish up, I am going to be sure to back-tack where I have ended.
Okay, let us take it to the table and cut out the center circle.