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« on: January 11, 2014 03:40:16 PM »

First post! O.k. this seemed super easy when I was plotting it out in my mind, but when I sat down to pin it together, it was a catastrophe. Basically what I'm trying to do is sew a circle-shaped patch into a circle-shaped hole. I do not want to patch it over the top- it is a part of a tapestry-like pattern and I want to have a nice reversed seam that shows the stitching and edges. I know there must be a way to do this. I figured if I cut the circle and the hole at the same size it would work, but no dice. The hole stretches, but the circle pretty much stays the same. They are the same fabric. Any mathematical genius seamsters out there know how I could do this?

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Edit: it's supposed to be a sunshine. If I have to cut the circle into pieces or some kind of voodoo mystery shaping technique that turns squares into circles or anything you know of that might help.. I can accommodate.

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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2014 05:30:37 AM »

Not sure I completely understand what you're doing but, if so here is my suggestion.

If the fabrics are the same you still need to make the patch slightly larger than the hole. If the thing being repaired is stretching but the patch is not, you for sure have to secure them with pins. Use an even feed foot on your machine to help with slippage. Also the stitch you use should be one that will secure the two pieces.

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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2014 09:57:31 AM »

Hi Sally!

My first thought was that you definitely need the center circle to be bigger than the hole, to allow for seam allowances. I did some digging and came up with a couple options.

It's more typical to piece quarter circles, but I did find this tutorial for a set-in circle from one of my favorite quilt bloggers. Hope that helps!


And this is the basic 1/4 circle tutorial for piecing curves.

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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2014 02:16:12 AM »

how big a seam allowance (SA) do you want?  1/4" would probably be good for this, and give you less trouble than a larger SA.

So trace the hole and add 1/2" all the way around--1/4" SA for the circle, and 1/4" SA for the hole.  That will actually make your circle one whole inch bigger across than the hole.

Mark two spots opposite each other on both the circle and the hole.  Mark two more spots halfway in between the first marks.  Line up one mark of the circle with one mark of the hole.  Make sure the seam is on the side you want it.  Pin it.  Line up and pin the other three sets of marks.  Add more pins until you feel good about it.

Optional: You could now hand baste the two pieces together, then machine stitch--but it sounds like maybe it's all handwork?

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« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2014 06:33:00 PM »

My thoughts would be... cut the yellow circle a half inch bigger than the red and cut a circle of fusible web the same size as yellow circle. Sew them together with 1/4 inch seam with the fusible side to the right side of your fabric. Then cut an X in the fusible web, flip inside out and then you can cut the fusible web a 1/4 inch to that seam and iron over red hole. then you could do a blanket stitch to cover the seams on the reversible. The fusible webbing ironed in place will keep the red from stretching. Good luck!
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« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2014 05:00:20 PM »

It sounds possible that you don't have the hole yet, is that right? Like, you aren't repairing a hole that already exists, but rather doing something purely as a design element?

In which case, place the contrast behind your top fabric, mark and sew the circle, then cut out the hole.

If that's not what you're doing, and you already have the circle-shaped hole, just ignore me and read the other responses before mine. Smiley

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