Sunday, June 4, 2017

How I Do It Q-Snap Cover a.k.a. Grime Guard

These are simple to do.  Doesn't take alot of time to sew it together.

First thing I do is determine the length I need for my Q-snap frame.

I add the length of all four sides of my Q-snap frame together and add extra to allow for seams OR if I am stitching a large design and working with a large piece of evenweave, I will add extra to allow for tucking the extra fabric into my cover.

For purposes of this narrative I am sewing a cover for a 11" x 11" Q-snap frame.

So 11" + 11" + 11" + 11" = 44".  I will add an additional 1-3/4 " for my seams and serging. I will need a piece that is 45-3/4" long.

If I was working with a rectangular sized frame, say for example a 8" x 17" frame, I would add 8" + 8" + 17" + 17" = 50".  Again, adding an additional 1-3/4" for my seam and serging.

The additional 1-3/4" works for me.  Next cover I make I might add more.  Fabric is forgiving and believe it not, can and does stretch.  I have prewashed fabric and pressed it before making these covers, but not always.  Covers do get dirty.  I do wash mine.  I do allow for shrinkage, thus the additional inch or two.

The above is for the length or the area of all four sides of the Q-snap frame.

For determining what goes around (around the tube of the frame) the Q-snap frame, I use 5-3/4".  Plenty of coverage.  Plenty of space for my fabric.  Allows for serging the edges and for making a casing for my elastic.

In summary will need a piece of fabric 45-3/4" in length and 5-3/4" in width.

For my elastic, I will need two pieces 1/2 of Q-snap frame size.  So for this cover I will need 11" + 11" = 22" + 1-3/4" which allows for sewing the ends together.

If my Q-snap frame was a rectangle, I would take one of the shorter and one of the longer measurements, add those together and add 1-3/4". (8" + 17" + 1-3/4")

To sew these I use a sewing machine, serger, cutting matte, ruler, rotary cutter, fabric and 1/4" elastic.

First cut of my fabric is to trim the edge.  I like to start at the 1" mark.

Then I measure and cut at the 5-3/4" mark.

My fabric is not long enough (need 45-3/4") so I will make two cuts and sew a seam and trim.

I cut one 5-3/4" piece and then cut a second 5-3/4" piece.

With these two cuts I have the length and width I need for my Q-snap cover.

I match right sides together, making sure the design is going in all the same direction and serge the ends together.

I go back to the cutting matte and trim the length bearing in mind that the fabric is doubled (been serged together) so I need to cut half of my 45-3/4" length.  That would be (round up to 46 in my head, half of that would be 23) and so I measure to the 23" mark and cut alittle over that...this will allow for a serged seam.  Not applying for a rocket job at NASA...keep it simple.  It works.  Better to be over then short with the measurements.

I then go back to the serger and serge the edges.  Making sure that the seam I have serged is going in the same direction on each side of the fabric.  I don't want bumps with my Q-snap cover nor do I want to have problems when I feed my elastic through the casings.

Once both of the edges have been serged, I match right sides together and serge the second seam.

I now have two pieces serged together in two places and both edges serged.

Now I prepare the casings for the elastic.  I measure 1/2", fold over and pin.  I start sewing, remove the pin and eyeball the hem on the fabric, keeping it at 1/2".  

I stop about 1- 1-1/2" from where I started, leaving an opening where I will feed the elastic through.

Again, making sure the serged seam goes in the same directions on both sides, I repeat on the other side of the fabric for the second casing.

Both casings sewn and ready for the elastic.

I go back to the cutting matte and cut two pieces of elastic.

I find the opening in the casing, and check the direction the serged seams are facing.  I don't want my elastic to get caught up in the sewn seams as I feed it through the casing.

I prepare my elastic...small safety pin (holds the elastic so it doesn't go into casing) at one end and straight pin at the other end,  

and begin to feed elastic through the casing.  Slowly making sure as to not twist the elastic.

Once the pins meet up together, I run my fingers along the casing double checking to see that the elastic is not twisted anywhere.

I pull both ends up and out of the casing so I can machine sew them together.

I put the elastic end facing me on the bottom (have found it feeds better in the machine) and the end facing away from me on the top.

I set my stitch to zig-zag and sew back and forth a few times to secure the ends together.

I then sew the opening closed.

I repeat the steps for the other side.  Once that is done, I put the cover between my hands and stretch out to even out the elastic and fabric.

Sewn Q-snap cover on a 11" Q-snap frame.

Time to sew cover...start to finish...less than 30" minutes.  

For those of you that use both Q-snap frames and scroll rods with your stitching, I did a scroll rod covers How I Do It in this post.  click here