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Sewing with striped fabrics

Fabric manipulation - sewing with striped fabrics

This technique guide to sewing with striped fabrics has been written by Little Miss Fancy Frocks – the dynamic mother-daughter duo who lovingly create handcrafted clothing for adults and children. Visit their Facebook page here.

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Be bold and convert a simple striped fabric into an eye catching design. Below we show you several different techniques for sewing with striped fabrics to create a stunning effect. The designs created will work for dressmaking and interior projects so get creative!

What to use striped fabric for

You will need…

Striped fabric, the best one to use for samples is where each stripe is 1 – 2 cms wide. We used striped fabric from Hantex.

You will also need a sewing machine, thread, a pair of dressmaking scissors, paper, a fabric pen and a pair of paper scissors. 


 Simple Stripes 

Patchwork designs using striped fabric

Cut out a square in paper to use as a template, or use a square quilting ruler if you have one. The square can be any size. I have used 10cm squares. Cut out squares of fabric ensuring the squares are identical; i.e. the squares shown here start and finish with a yellow stripe.  

9 patch quilt block tutorial

Lay the squares with the stripes alternating as shown. Stitch together as shown to form a pattern.  

Sewing a 9 patch cushion cover

I have edged the design in black for greater impact. This would make a perfect cushion front. 


Diamond Stripes

Creative ways to sew with stripes

Using the same square template (at a different angle) cut diamonds in the fabric. 

Creative quilting techniques

Lay the fabric squares out and join together. 

Creative quilting with stripey fabric

I’ve added black borders to this design to create more impact. 

Triangles with striped fabrics

Patchwork with triangles

Cut a paper template by using a square and cutting in half diagonally. Again if you have a triangular quilting template you could use that instead. Cut out identical triangles, ensuring the side of the triangle starts with the same coloured stripe. 

Using striped patterns in quilts

Lay the fabric triangles out and stitch together. 

Quilting with stripey triangles

I have added a dividing line in black and edged in black to complete. 

Alternative Triangles

Exploring creative options with striped triangles

Turn the triangle template so that the longer edge is at the bottom of the striped fabric. Cut out the triangles. 

Quilt blocks using striped fabrics

Lay the fabric triangles with the points facing each other. Stitch together. 

Patchwork ideas using striped fabric

The stitched squares can have more impact when divided and edged by black fabric. 


How to sew pin tucks

How to sew pin tucks

Working with alternate stripes, pin and machine stitch to form pin tucks. 

Beginner's guide to pin tucks

Press the pin tucks in one direction. Draw a guide line across the fabric. 

How to sew pintucks easily

Machine stitch across the pin tucks. Press the pin tucks in the opposite direction. Move your ruler approximately 6cm down from the 1st guide lineand draw a 2nd guide line ready for stitching. 

Repeat this action alternating the direction of the pin tucks. 

Fabric manipulation - pin tucks in striped fabric

The effect can be used for bold interiors or dressmaking; i.e. a pocket. 

How to sew honeycomb pin tucks

Work another sample of eight pin tucks and this time alternate the pin tucks so that they meet and they separate forming a honeycomb effect. Pin in place. 

How to sew pin tucks

Where the pin tucks meet hand stitch in place. 

For other fabric handling techniques please visit our techniques section.