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Bias tubes with filling, help!

Becky-book | Posted in General Discussion on

Memory fails me! I am thinking that I read some tips and helps for making bias tubes with filling; thought it was here but I can’t find it, not for all the searching I have done!!

It may have been a way to make the stuff with out having to stuff it after sewing the tubes!

I need to make some Chinese Knot balls and would like them to match the cloth I am using for the rest of the project.

Thanks in advance,


  1. fiberfan | | #1

    I haven't used them but I learned about Fasturn in a class I took in April.  The teacher had some slides showing how easy it is to stuff the tube as you turn it.  I was busy trying other techniques so I didn't try using her Fasturn.


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      Becky-book | | #2

      Thanks, if I can't find the other info. I'll have to buy one!

  2. rekha | | #3

    There is a cheaper way of doing it, with a strong string or a cord. Pp. 234-235 of Claire Schaeffer's book The complete book of sewing short cuts (1981, ISBN 0-8069-7564-4). If you can borrow from the library/friend you will be better able to understand from the printed schematics in the book. I haven't scanned the pages because of copyright

    With the tube of the length you want + another couple of inches, put the cord/string (longer than the tube length) along the middle of the tube lengthwise. Fold the tube wrong sides out enclosing the cord/string.

    Stitch the cord/string to the tube at the top and at right angles to the length of the tube so that the string is secured.

    Now use the zipper foot: instead of zip you are sewing a cord/string. When completed, pull the string at the end and push the tube at the top end (where you secured the string).


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      Becky-book | | #4

      That sounds like a great way to turn the tube right side out, but I need the tube to be filled with the cord, a padded tube.Thanks,

      1. rekha | | #5

        cord, a padded tube

        Not quite sure what you mean by that. If you mean that you want the tube filled, this is the way.

        Use a little more than twice of the length of the cord.

        This time  the cord sits along the length of the tube (right side of the tube) such that one half lies above the stitching to the tube and the other end dangles an inch or so.

        When you have finished stitching pull the little dangling bit of the cord left outside. This will allow the tube to cover the other extra half of the cord.

        Edited 6/14/2008 9:08 am ET by rekha

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          Becky-book | | #6

          I think you've got it!! Thanks!Becky

          1. rekha | | #7

            You probably already know to shrink/wash the cord before sewing it

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            Becky-book | | #8

            OH YES! always!

        2. Teaf5 | | #9

          Yes, this technique works very well.  Try it out on a short sample first, though;stitching across one end (before turning) leaves a cutoff short end of cord afterward, but stitching across the other end leaves the remainder (what was inside the tube as you stitched it) on the roll or length of cord so that you can re-use it.

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