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Sew your own tailor’s ham – tutorial

Press perfect curves in your next project with your own home-sewn tailor’s ham. Jeanette Archer shows you how.

– tailor’s ham template, download HERE
– sleeve roll template, download HERE
– 0.5m calico
– fat quarter quilting-weight cotton
– matching sewing thread
– sawdust
– erasable fabric marker

Tailor's ham sewing tutorial by Jeannette Archer for Sew Now magazine

1 Trace the pattern piece onto stiff paper or card. Using the fabric pen, trace pattern pieces onto fabric. You will need to cut three pieces in calico and one in your chosen printed cotton. Mark notches with small snips into the seam allowance. (See Pic A.)

2 Stack two pieces of calico together, and the printed cotton with the remaining calico piece. With right sides together, sew all around the edge (1.5cm seam allowance) from notch to notch, back-stitching at the beginning and end. (See Pic B.)

3 Clip seam allowances, taking care not to get too close to the stitching. (See Pic C.)

4 Turn right side out and stuff with sawdust (using a funnel can help). Push the sawdust into the curves of the ham as you go. Keep stuffing until not even the tiniest bit more sawdust can fit, then try and stuff in more! (See Pic D.)

5 Once the ham is completely stuffed, turn in the raw edges and over-stitch to close and finish the ham. (See Pic E.) To make the sleeve roll, simply use the same instructions and sleeve roll template.

Find out more about Jeanette at www.lazyseamstress.net

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