Killer guide to making the ultimate DIY t-shirt | finishing knits

An easy step-by-step guide on finishing the edges of knits

Nearly there guys! After some light DIY pattern making  and sewing success, you should have yourselves a pretty nifty t-shirt that works perfectly well.

That said, you may want to tidy up the edges on the neckline, sleeves, and hem. Just to keep things pretty.

An easy step-by-step guide on finishing the edges of knits
I’ve gone for the easiest way to finish your knitted fabric edges, but if you’re keen to learn some other finishes, I found this post over on MadMin incredibly helpful.
An easy step-by-step guide on finishing the edges of knits
p.s. On top of all this basic t-shirt goodness, I’ve also been playing around with a few alterations. I’ll throw that in next week as a bonus. See, that’s how much you guys rock my world.
Keen to do more? Find the rest of the tutorials in the series here:

The Pattern
Sewing Success
Finishing knits (like a pro)
Adding cuffs

finishing knits like a pro

 

You will need:

t-shirt you made following the instructions here and here

pins, sewing machine, thread
An easy step-by-step guide on finishing the edges of knits

1. Turn the t-shirt inside out.

2. Fold the edges of the neckline down by 1 cm. Pin in place. Repeat for the sleeves and hem.
3. Top tip: for the curved edges of the neckline and hem, you might find the fabric will bunch and twist. To stop it from twisting, cut very small v-shaped notches every 7 cm or so.
4. Your stitches may seem a bit wonky. Give everything a really, really good press using a hot iron. To make sure you don’t burn the fabric or make it go shiny – put a clean dishtowel between the iron and the t-shirt.
5. Wear and sprinkle liberally with pins and sequins.

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