Introduction: Make Your Own Peddoekie in 6 Steps

Attaching a selfmade (jeans) valve on a kerchief, tea-towel or vintage cloth, finishing it off with a trim. Knotting the cloth in different ways for different styles!

Step 1: Making Inner Valve & Pattern

Use an old cap as pattern for the valve and cut it out of a piece of plastic, a lit of a plastic bucket will do perfectly. Then copy the valve twice on the wrong site of the fabric with tailor's chalk and cut it with 1cm seam allowance.

Step 2: Making the Valve Out of Fabric

Put the parts together with pins and sew the outer seamline over the chalkline.
cutting little "V's" out of your seam allowance, without clipping through your stitches.

Step 3: Secure the Inner Valve

Turn the fabric in side out and push the plastic valve in it, correctly under the hem.
This will be a tricky job, but if you don't do this neatly, it will look lumpy on the outside
Hold the plastic valve in place by sticking pins in the inner seamline and stitch it.

Step 4: Attach the Valve on a Kerchief, Tea-towel or Vintage Cloth

Now take a kerchief, tea-towel or vintage cloth and cut it in half so you get 2 triangular pieces. For a Peddoekie use one piece. (you can make your valve out of the remaining fabric)

Attach the valve you made to the long side of the cloth with pins against the wrong side of the fabric. Stitch over the present seam of the valve

After you have stitched the valve correctly on the cloth, the unfinished hem will be on the upper side!

Step 5: Finish the Hem Off With a Trim

Finish the hem off with a trim; Stitch on the wrong side of the fabric, over the seam of the valve and so on to the end of the cloth. Fold the hem with the trim to the right side and finish it off by stitching; the unfinished hem of the valve will disappear under the trim.
Easy way: use bias tape, pin it and stitch it around the hem!

Step 6: Comphy Elastic & Bending the Valve

Attach a piece of elastic on the valve ends for more wearing options & comfort!
You can form the valve by heating with an iron! Be careful not to let it melt together! When it becomes a little bit floppy, you bent it in the required form and cool it of by waving with it!

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