I couldn’t for the life of me remember what this technique is called, so I made up a new name for it: The color pop seam. Catchy, eh?
Anyways, it’s so cool, right! Like a tiny color explosion right in the middle of your jumper. The fun thing is you can put these seams ANYWHERE! All you have to do is make a new seam in your pattern piece and pop in some color.
I’ll show you how to do this. I’m using a sleeve pattern for my example. But like you can see, these can go wherever there is a seam, and you can add a seam anywhere there is fabric!
This technique adds a pop of color to an existing seam. You can do it on any seam, or make a brand new seam for decoration. I shared this tutorial on Friday for adding a new seam. Click below to go check it out and then come back and color pop it!
To continue on and add a pop of color, cut out your pattern pieces.
Baste the seam together and press it open.
For the color pop, you need a strip of fabric about 1″ by the length you want your color pop part of the seam.
Pin it right on top of your pressed seam allowance.
Topstitch at 1/4″, turning at each end of the color pop detail.
Seam rip the seam open.
You’ll have to clean up all the little threads, but your seam is done!
The back of the seam will look like this:
Sweet! The possibilities with this technique are endless! You can put them in side seams, front seams, back seams or new seams!
Hope you enjoyed this technique!
Hey, way cool! TFS! This seems so simple that maybe even I could attempt it! :)
Just like putting a zipper in – only easier! I’m going to try this on a pair of pants for my son – it might be a neat “racer stripe” down the sides of the legs. Thanks for sharing!
Love this idea! Am thinking it would look really cute on a little clutch too. And what a great, easy to follow tutorial! Thanks.
Quilters use a very similar technique for the chenille effect.
Very effective ! ! ! !
What a cool technique Kate. You are so creative.
Kat @ sewchibi.blogspot.com
Enlightenment! I will definitely be trying this!!!
Backwoods Cottage Pam
It is called an inverted pleat, but I think I like your name better. I used this technique many times on the bodices of my daughters little dresses. I would even do it to the material before cutting out the pattern pieces, sometimes it was easier. It can really dress up even the most basic of fabrics and patterns.
Soy una seguidora silenciosa y guarde la foto de ese vestido para pensar como lograrlo? Gracias ,todo lo que pensé fue infinitamente mas complejo.Si hay alguna chica que haga edredones merodeando por ahí … su técnica es un tesoro .
The Chapstick Wrangler
So simple, how neat! Thanks for sharing!
The Chapstick Wrangler
soooo,if we did a bigger seam allowance on the 1st part,could we use a wider color strip and make a really big pop?