Resources and Links

Tips for sewing with handwoven fabrics:

  1. always interface your handwoven fabric. Use woven interfacing of medium weight. Woven interfacing does not affect the hand or drape of the cloth the way that non-woven interfacing does. Medium weight makes the woven cloth wrinkle-resistant and gives it the ability to stand up.
  2. for best results, use a rotary cutter rather than scissors on your handwoven. Finish raw edges before sewing, using either a zigzag sewing machine stitch, or a serger.
  3. iron your project: the cloth before sewing, and after every seam! This promotes accurate, neat results.
  4. if you have a “walking foot” for your machine, use it. It prevents the stretchier handwoven from rippling as you sew.

Here are some easy projects.

Microwave Bowl Cozies

padded glasses case

journal cover (sized for a particular brand of journal, or do a generic 3-ring binder)

adjustable journal or book cover (adjusts to different thicknesses)

easy lined drawstring bag

lunch box bag with drawstring closure

lots of tote bag ideas and free patterns

boxy pencil case with zipper

boxy pencil case that opens really wide

7 different ways to make a flat bottom on a tote bag

easy lined zipper pouch

very easy pocket tissue holder

“biscornu” pincushion

needlebook with pocket

websites with oodles of info, projects, patterns, and tutorials:

Sewing for Weavers facebook group (if you are on facebook, look it up!)

Sarah Howard’s youtube channel for Wearing your Weaving