5 Ways To Make Rouleau Loops

Rouleau loops can be used for spaghetti straps, or button fasteners instead of buttonholes. Making these thin tubes can be quite a daunting task. Below are 5 of many ways to simplify the task.

Method 1

Cut 3 cm (1 1/4 in) wide fabric strips on the bias.

Fold the strip right sides together and overlock a chain of thread a bit longer than the fabric strip.

Pull the chain to the right side using a bodkin. Lay the length of chain in the centre of the loop.

Fold the loop right sides together. Machine stitch using a 7 mm seam allowance. Stitch a second row close to the first row to prevent fraying of fabric. Trim the seam allowance.

Gently pull the thread with one hand and roll the fabric back with the other hand to turn the loop to the right side.

Press the loop and use it for spaghetti straps.

Cut the loops to a required length for button fasteners and stitch it to the right side of fabric.

With right sides together, pin and stitch lining or facing to the fabric.

Press the fabric.

Method 2

Use a length of string a bit longer than the fabric strip and lay the string on the right side and in the centre of the fabric.

Fold the strip in half lengthwise and stitch two rows as described in method one. Stitch across the top end of the loop and trim the seam allowance.

Gently pull the string to turn the loop to the right side. Cut the string and press the loop.

Method 3

Sew the fabric strip right sides together and leave a long length of thread.
Push the thread through the eye of a bodkin and tie a knot.

Push the bodkin through the loop. Pull the thread with one hand and roll the fabric back with the other hand to turn the loop to the right side. Press the loop.

Method 4

Fold the 3 cm strip right sides together. Stitch the seams as described before and reverse stitch at the beginning and end.

Insert the loop turner into the fabric loop.

Hook the end of the fabric into the latch of the loop turner.

Gently pull the loop turner with one hand and roll the fabric back with the other hand to turn the loop to the right side. Press the loop.

Method 5

Press the strip of fabric with a bias binding maker, or fold the fabric by hand and press.

Fold the strips in half lengthwise and press.

Machine stitch along the open edge and press the loop.


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