Here’s the second episode of my Post from the Past miniseries.

Read last week post too: Pencil Case FREE pattern

This week I’d like to share with you one other mini-series I’ve created last year, with 3 FREE patterns you can download and 3 photo tutorials filled with nice tips to

Create 3 Pressing Tools…from scraps!

Serger Pepper - Sewing Supplies DIY - The Pressing tools - Tailor's ham Before I started sewing again (I had a little pause in sewing in my twenties, I was intrigued from other things!), I haven’t heard of pressing tools at all!

Consider that I’ve learnt sewing from my mom and, here in Italy, there isn’t a culture for it (when my mother was young they taught her sewing at school, but in the Seventies and later it was considered “Old Fashioned” in a bad way, there was this Awful Throwaway Culture arising…)

So we used burning our fingers while pressing and do circus acrobatics to press seam allowances without stamping the other side of the garment… not a professional way to do that, I know, but that was!

Serger Pepper - pressing tools DIY - sausage roll FREE pattern

Then, with the advent of uncle Google helping me, I discovered this triad: Ham, Sausage and Glove! … and, just because I’m frugal and I always try to see if I can produce something myself, instead of buying it, I decided to make them putting together all the info I’ve read around the web (I didn’t reinvented the wheel, I know, but I feel like there are never too many tutorials!) to create my versions and sharing my FREE patterns, choosing dimensions perfect for me.

Serger Pepper - pressing tools DIY - glove FREE pattern

I couldn’t live without, now that I’ve discovered them, and it took me a couple of afternoons of time and some old fabric to refashion… well worthy, indeed!

Latest project (still in my mind – I need to find a carpenter that can realize it): a wooden point clapper like this one from (affiliate link): I just can’t afford shipping rates to Italy!

Now it’s your turn:

  • Do you have these pressing tools?
  • Have you bought them or you’ve been so brave to DIY?

Let me know!


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