5 Suggestions for Stitching Clothes with Quilting Cotton

Five tips for sewing clothing with quilting cotton

The gorgeous prints beckon… the lovable colors name to you… typically their attract is simply too robust to withstand. Sure, we’re speaking quilting cottons.

Quilting cottons – or simply “medium weight cottons” – are sometimes used for house and accent stitching. They arrive in an array of gorgeous designs and quirky prints, and – crucially – are likely to really feel stiff and maintain their form, somewhat than hanging softly. This stiffness places many stitchers off utilizing quilting cotton for stitching clothes, however when you embrace this sort of material for a wonderfully paired challenge, the consequence will be attractive! 

So when is it okay to make use of quilting cotton for stitching attire? In fact a part of this comes down to private choice, however the tips I are likely to comply with are these:

Five tips for sewing clothing with quilting cotton
1. Decide how a lot drape or physique your challenge wants

Quilting cottons are likely to have numerous physique to them, so will not cling or stream over your curves. I learnt the laborious manner in my early days of stitching that quilting cottons make tremendous crisp blouses that stand away out of your physique – which works properly for some designs, however not so properly for others.Five tips for sewing clothing with quilting cotton

Whereas they do not work so properly for clothes you need a little bit of drape or stream for, this function can be an asset for sure tasks. Quilting cottons are good for our beginner-friendly Jaimie pyjama bottoms and shorts (which comes in dimension UK 6-24 or UK 16-34), and since you put on them indoors, you’ll be able to go wild along with your material decisions!

Five tips for sewing clothing with quilting cotton

A-line skirts can even work properly in this sort of materials as they maintain the daring construction properly. Our Miette skirt (is available in sizes UK 6-20) wants a little bit of physique to carry the attractive form, so quilting cottons can work fantastically for a summery model.

Five tips for sewing clothing with quilting cotton

Five tips for sewing clothing with quilting cotton

Different pretty skirt choices that work with this glorious material are the Clemence skirt (is available in sizes UK 6-20) from Love at First Sew and the easy-peasy Dominique skirt (is available in sizes UK 6-24), and each are additionally nice for newcomers – yippee!
Five tips for sewing clothing with quilting cotton
2. Keep away from tasks with sleeves

I am not saying it ought to by no means be finished, however personally, I would not sew sleeves in quilting cotton – until they don’t seem to be too close-fitting. Armholes and sleeves have to be versatile sufficient to let you transfer your arms and shoulders comfortably, and quilting cottons might make this annoyingly uncomfortable. If you’re engaged on an announcement sleeve with quantity, nevertheless, quilting cotton will help you obtain the dramatic impact you are after!

Strive making the sleeveless model of the Francoise gown in quilting cotton – it is a terrific form for exhibiting off a shiny and daring print.

Five tips for sewing clothing with quilting cotton

3. Be life like about what prints you might be prone to put on

I have to admit I can fortunately spend hours enjoying an unconscious sport with myself of find-the-quirkiest-fabric-imaginable whereas shopping on-line material outlets. However before you purchase 3 metres of that squirrel print material, ask your self actually whether or not you’ll put on a squirrel print gown. If you’ll, nice! But it surely’s value contemplating whether or not you’d get extra use out of a make up bag or cushion, for instance. 

Five tips for sewing clothing with quilting cottonFive tips for sewing clothing with quilting cotton

Or, get a bit of trace of this enjoyable print in your outfit with our FREE removable collar sample. This cute collar will deliver a pop of character to your outfit, and let you select that print your coronary heart wishes 🙂

Lined Delphine skirt - sewing pattern in Love at First Stitch

Five tips for sewing clothing with quilting cotton
4. Contemplate including a lining

Including a silky lining beneath the cotton will permit the garment to glide over your physique much more simply. Plus it’s going to really feel a lot nicer towards your pores and skin. Sure, it takes a bit extra time, however it may be properly value it. Learn extra about including a lining to a skirt and lining a gown.Five tips for sewing clothing with quilting cotton

5. Experiment and embrace!

Quilting cottons are straightforward to stitch, extensively out there and are available in so many attractive designs… it appears a disgrace to save lots of them only for quilts! Take an knowledgeable threat with what to make with them and also you would possibly simply shock your self…

Do share what you make with us on Instagram by tagging us @TillyButtons. Now to embrace these quilting cottons and have a bit of enjoyable!


Creator: Tilly Walnes

Mannequin photographs by Fanni Williams and Jane Looker

Cloth snaps: Louise Carmichael

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