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Making Rouleau Loops

This week I have been juggling workshops with making progress on my dress for my daughter's wedding. Needless to say, it needs to be special, not as special as hers granted, none special none the less. What could be more special than adding a rouleau loop and button detail to the cuffs? I used to use this technique a lot when I made wedding dress for a living but I haven't done any for a while. Its been nice to re-visit the technique and put it to good use on a dress for myself!


If you would like to try this technique for yourself I've added a tutorial to the resources page on my website for you with step-by-step instructions. It's a really useful trick to learn as its equally useful for making spaghetti straps or self fabric belt loops. Why not give it a go on your next project?


I used Harlequin, a company which specialises in covering buttons to make my buttons for me. I know you can get kits but this saves all the fiddle and you get perfect results. By paying a little extra I even got the back of the buttons covered so there's no evidence of plastic or metal in sight. It was a fairly straightforward process; I downloaded an order form and filled it in, paid by BACS, sent my fabric off and four days later I got my cover buttons back. They are certainly worth a look as they can create all shapes, sizes and finishes of cover buttons and belts, perfect for finishes your projects off and giving them a professional look.



Cover Button by Harlequin


My dress is now almost complete just a little bit of hand sewing and a few glitchy bits the perfectionist in me isn't happy with and I'm good to go! I set me wondering what your special makes have been.... Is there something you've made for yourself or someone else for a special occasion? Is there a project you spent time on getting just right? I'd love to hear about it.


I look forward to hearing all about your special makes and will show you all my finished dress soon.

Happy Stitching Everyone,

Sew with Nelly Bea

Sew, laugh, learn, create

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