Finishing the Case With a Slip Stitch

At the end of this lesson, we'll have a finished case - it'll only be missing a button!

In this lesson, I'll show you how to turn the case right side out. We'll also close up the hole we left in the top using a slip stitch. This is a stitch I use all the time to finish my machine sewing, so pay close attention! It's a good one. :)

Tools and Materials

For this lesson, you will need:

  • Your sewn case
  • An iron and ironing board
  • Sewing needle
  • All purpose thread
  • Scissors
  • A pencil, chopstick or other tool for pushing out corners

How to Turn the Case Right Side Out

You're probably wondering why in the world we left such a tiny opening to do this! I promise it's not going to be as hard as it seems.

The first thing you'll want to do is trim the elastic down by half. Use a pair of nice sharp scissors. Remove any tape that's left on the elastic.

We'll want to pull the outer fabric through first. Use your fingers (or even a pair of tweezers!) to grab the outer fabric and start to pull it through. Ease it through the opening little by little.

Now, we'll need to flip the lining fabric. I like to push one of the top corners through the opening for a good start!

Once the lining is flipped, stick a pencil or chopstick into the opening to push out the corners of the outer and lining fabrics.

Press the Case and Tuck the Lining Into the Outer Fabric

Now we'll press the the outer and lining pieces when the case is open and flat.

Pay special attention to the hole left for turning - you want to press the lining fabric down nice and flat. It should be folded over in a nice straight line.

Line up the opening and make sure all the corners are poked out, and then press the case.

Now you'll tuck the lining into the outer fabric. Your elastic button loop should be standing up nice and straight and feel well anchored.

Now we'll sew the opening closed!

Slip Stitching the Case

Slip stitching is one of the most addictive stitches for me. I use it every time I can! It's fairly easy and you get amazing results from it!

You'll use a slip stitch anywhere you need to close a seam cleanly from the outside.

Start by lining up the opening edges so the lining fabric and outer fabric are both straight and meet right at the edge.

Double thread a needle and knot your thread. You want to start the slip stitch right before the last stitch - see how I'm inserting my needle to the left before it? This will keep your stitching nice and tight.

Insert your needle under one of the folded edges of the opening so it comes out right through the top fold of the opening. It may take you a second to get it into the right position - that's the trickiest part of slip stitching! It's a breeze from here on out.

Make your first stitch on the opposite edge of the opening directly across from where your thread exited on the other edge. Push the needle right through the top edge. Stitches should be about 1/8 inch.

Here's what it looks like with the thread pulled through.

Make your next stitch in just the same way!

Keep on stitching across the the other side. When you get to the end of your stitching, insert your needle through both sides of the opening, right at the top edge.

Tie off using the knotless knot we learned while making the felt coasters. Now we'll sew on the button and be done!


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