I have made spaghetti straps or fabric tubes using a standard tube turner tool. But I much prefer this technique. I may have learned about it originally, in a reader letter in Threads magazine, but I'm not sure. I just know I've made a lot of fabric tubes this way with very little fuss. However I don't hear about other sewists making them this way.
Maybe you'll like doing them this way like I do. And you will never have to figure out where you last put your tube turner again:-)
ResourcesFabric - A strip somewhat longer than you actually need. It should be more than twice as wide as the tube/spaghetti strap you want. In fact, if X is the width of the desired strap and S is the amount of seam allowance you are going to use it should be 2X+S wide.
For example - If I want a tube 1/2 and inch wide and I plan to sew a 5/8 inch seam allowance, then my fabric strip should be 1 and 5/8 inches wide, because (2 x 1/2) + 5/8 = 1 5/8
If I need a total of oh say, 72 inches of tubing, I would probably add another 5 inches just to be on the safe side. (That's very conservative). Because I will be cutting away some of the end of my tube.
String or an old piece of bias tape, or cord or other stringy thing that won't break apart easily . I keep a roll of packaging string around, but even jute string works. Just make sure the string/cord doesn't get sewn over as you sew along the long edge.
Cut your string/cord longer than your fabric piece. Add five inches total to be really safe.
1) With RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER- Press the length of fabric you are making into a tube or spaghetti strap, in half down the middle, going the long way.
|2) Lay the string/cord down the middle, right up |
against the fold and away from the raw edge.
Leave a tail of string/cord sticking out
on both ends
of your fabric.
|5) Trim along in the seam allowance, close to your stitching line. |
You don't want fabric in the way of next step.