If you need to turn a tube of fabric (especially a skinny one) right side out, it can be a real pain if you don’t have the right tools. There are a few options out there. I used to wrestle with a safety pin and yarn, and I’ve tried using hemostats – but I swear by my turning tubes. They’re inexpensive and they work like magic. Really! Just watch!
See how slick that is? They are the perfect tool. Want to order a set? You can find them here.
The most common time you’ll need to turn a tube of fabric is if you’re sewing clothing – especially anything with straps or bands or belts.
I usually use double-fold strips of fabric for tote bag handles – but a lot of other patterns will call for fabric tubes.
Once in a while I’ll use little tubes of fabric for 3D hair on a quilt – like this silly monster.
For each lock of hair I sewed a skinny tube, turned it right side out, and tied a little knot in the end before slipping it under the edge of the applique and stitching it down.
But I use fabric tubes most often for softies! Arms, legs, and tails are all just tubes of fabric.
The tails on these mice are extra skinny tubes.
I love making softies with floppy arms and legs, like this Munch Monster.
Want to practice turning some tubes? These snakes are really fun to make.
And the pattern’s free! Get it here.