Quick sewing tip: How to turn a fabric tube inside out without a tube turner
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Working on a project that requires you to make a tube strap or a fabric tube that is a bit too narrow for your skills? Turning fabric inside out doesn’t have to become mission impossible! Here’s how to turn a fabric tube inside out without a fabric tube turner!
How to turn a fabric tube inside out
If you’ve been sewing for a while you must know straps and other narrow tubes can and most times are a huge pain! I’ve been avoiding sewing a fabric strap for a while until I decided I’m skilled enough to try my hand at one. I just didn’t want my first try to be a struggle so I learned how to turn a fabric tube inside out the easy way.
I’m not gonna lie to you, it took me a while to figure out this particular method and I used a different method for a couple of years. I was simply folding the strip in half twice then I was finishing the edges with an edge stitch. It’s an easy method but not the best looking. And to be honest not as easy as this one I’m gonna show you in just a minute.
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If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably know that all of my 5 aunts and my mom have been sewing for over 50 years each. I got to see them in action a few good times and one of the techniques I learned from this experience was how to turn a fabric tube inside out. But their method was different than my double folding technique. They were using a safety pin to push the wrong side of the tube through the right side of the tube.
This method works faster on most straps, I’ll give you that, but not on narrow straps and not to mention spaghetti straps! Those are the worst (or maybe not! I’ll show you soon my super easy method to make spaghetti straps which also works for turning button loops out). For the narrow straps or tubes below I’ll show you how to turn a fabric tube right side out, the easiest and fastest way!
Once you learn this method, you’ll never go back to your old technique! And the best thing is you don’t even need a tube turner, just a couple of items you most likely have in the house. Pantry to be more specific. Intrigued much? Let’s reveal the big “secret” now.
How to turn a strap inside out
- fabric strip, wider than the final width of your tube
- matching thread
- sewing machine
- hard straw
- long bamboo skewer
- pressing iron
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I’ve had good luck sewing a very narrow ribbon inside the fold, attaching it at the end by stitching across it. You have to be careful not to catch it in the seam along the length, but once you’re done you can just hold on to the stitched end and start pulling on the ribbon. It turns the tube right side out as it comes. Just make the tube longer than you need to so you can snip off the sewn end with the ribbon in it. I also have some very strong nylon string I use also.
Thank you for this tip, I was trying to turn a very thin strip with a safety pin and getting nowhere! This hack saved the day 😊
Thanks for your lovely comment, Bev! I’m very happy I was able to help a little through my tutorial!
I ran across your post while having fits trying to pull a spaghetti strap right side out. I’m so glad I did! Your way is a great alternative to the safety pin method. However, as I was doing your step by step, I stuck a stainless steel straw through (as you instruct,) the end that has been sewn in and I just kept pushing it until the darn thing turned itself right side out! You need to try that next time. It’s even easier than your brilliant method.
Thank you so much for sharing this!
Bless you for this instructional blog. Will definitely help in my attempts to making face masks. I’m a novice sewer And haven’t Touched a machine in about 40 years or so and I’m stepping up to answer their call to duty. Thank you sew much!!!
Hi Karen! Thanks so much for your kind comment! Masks are quite easy to sew, I’m sure you’ll have no issues! Happy sewing & stay safe! xoxo
Woah! What a wonderful tips. Thank you so much!!!
I used 2 metal straws, much sturdier than plastic one.
You have honestly saved my sanity! AMAZING technique! Thank you
Hi Franki! Thanks so much for your lovely comment! I’m glad you found my tip useful! xoxo
Have yet to try it, but man I hope it works. Have fought many a fabric tube!
It totally works, Jen! I had my share of struggles with fabric tubs and felt like I struck gold with this simple method! You’ll love it! Just make sure your straw is hard and it’s not wider than the final width of your tube.