Friday, June 9, 2017

How I Do It Scroll Rod Covers a.k.a. Grime Guards

For purposes of this How I Do It post, I borrowed a scroll rod frame from a fellow stitcher. I don't use scroll rods. I prefer wooden hoops or a Qsnap frame.

First thing I do is determine the size I need.  I measure the INside of the end bars.  This will be the length of the scroll rod cover.  The length is 20".   I add 1" to the 20".  The 1" will be for hemming the ends.

I use 5" as the size for the fabric that is wrapped around the scroll rod.  I will need to make casings to thread elastic through and have fabric left over to put on scroll rod.  I use 1/4" elastic.  5" + 1" allowance for two 1/2" casings = 6"

I will need two 21" x 6" pieces of fabric.

As when I make Q-snap frame covers, I start by trimming the one edge.

I made a cut at 21".  I have the length.  Now I need to cut the fabric for the width.

I turn my fabric to trim the edges.  I make sure the bottom edge is lined up and even with the marked line on my matte board.

I trim the left side to give a nice even edge

I cut the right side at the 6" mark.

I now have a piece of fabric 21" long by 6" wide.

Next I cut the elastic.  I will need two pieces - one for each rod of the scroll rod frame.

I cut a piece two times the width.  No more than that.  You need some tightness but yet some elasticity so you can could stretch it and get it up and over the ends of the scroll rod. Remember, with this scroll rod it was 20" wide so 20 + 20 = 40".  I need a piece 40" long. One continuous piece.  Not two pieces.  Just one.

My cutting matte is only 36" wide so I double the elastic, 20" + 20" to give me 40" and cut at the 20" mark. I now have one piece of elastic 40" long.

After I have cut the fabric pieces and the elastic, I serge the edges, all four sides of both pieces of fabric.  Helps to keep it from unraveling.  Also makes for a nice finish.  

All edges serged.

Next I turn and press the shorter sides 1/2". I do the shorter sides first,  If not, I will have problems later on in the construction of the grime guards.

I use my hem pressing guide for this step.

I hem both pressed edges.

I recheck to see if the length is okay. It is and now I prepare the long sides for the elastic by sewing casings.

I repeat the steps (fold and sew 1/2" hems) with the longer sides.

I sew the pressed hems, making sure to sew far enough from the pressed edge to accommodate for 1/4" elastic.  This sewn seam makes the casing for the elastic.

Once the casings are sewn, I prepare the elastic to feed through the casings. I put a straight pin in the elastic at one end and a safety pin on the other end.

I feed the elastic through the casing.   Being careful and making sure to not twist the elastic.

TIP:  If your elastic gets hung up in the casing, use a turning tool and gently work the safety pin through to the end of the casing.

I fold up the cover - like it would be if it was on the scroll rod - and insert the safety pin into the beginning of the second casing. This will help to prevent the elastic from being twisted or turned wrong as I feed it through the casing.

I work the elastic, gently but firmly through the second casing.  Again, I don't want the elastic to twist or turn.

Once the elastic has been thread through the casing I overlap the elastic, making sure it is not twisted or turned. I take the safety pin off the one end of the elastic and using the straight pin, pin the edges together.

I sew the two pieces together using a zig zag stitch running back and forth several times.

To hide where I have sewn the edges of the elastic together, I carefully work the elastic around inside the casing and take a few stitches back and forth along the casing, anchoring the elastic to the casing. Once that was done, I stretch the cover out making sure the elastic is evenly distributed.

I test it out on the scroll rod.

I repeat the process for the second grime guard cover.

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