You probably know very well this sewing sequence:
Sew along the edges at…, leaving a gap in the seam. Turn the piece right side out. Close the gap!
Many times we don’t pay too much attention to this final seam, because it is hidden (like the final seam in the lining of a bag or pouch). But sometimes the way you finish this seam matters.
For my latest patterns I had to make many pieces like the ones below; I needed nice, straight edges to each piece so I had to come up with a trick to do this quickly and easily and with great results! I don’t have to say that I used to hate this step! But not anymore!
It does not matter if you use interfacing or not, you have to trim the seam allowances close to the seam, with the exception of the gap (you need bigger seam allowances, about 3/8”).
Finger press the seam allowances of the gap open; use a little glue and glue one layer of the seam allowance of the gap to the interfacing as shown below.
Let the glue dry.
Turn the piece right side out. Use again a little glue to close the gap, making sure you align nicely the two folded edges.
This little trick helps immensely! Look at those lovely edges!
If you will give this little trick a try, let me know if you love it! From now on the glue stick ranks higher in my list of favorite tools!