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Tips & Techniques > Welts and flaps, Judy Barlup style

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Posted on: 6/4/10 1:56 PM
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I've been experimenting with Judy Barlup's style of making welts and flap pockets and really like the bulk-free result of her method. I found a step-by-step tutorial on this web site. This gives you the dimensions of the pocket pieces, all based on the size of your finished welt. I first copied the welt pattern from this site and manipulated the size on the computer until I had what I thought I wanted, but I found that the pattern had gotten slightly distorted and the seam allowances were uneven. So instead, I created a tutorial (link above) for creating a Judy Barlup-style welt from scratch, starting with the dimensions you want your finished welt to be and building from there. This is for the horizontal or vertical welt and not for the angled welt that she also shows on the web site. I haven't experimented with that one yet. You can use these directions to make any size bulk-free flap or welt you want. I hope it's clear!

I used this method in this vest.

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Darlene2001 said... (6/7/10 10:49 AM) Reply
Thank you, very clear
MaryDB said... (6/7/10 10:47 AM) Reply
Thanks! Making welt pockets (my project calls for five) was on the agenda for today, and I was putting it off. This will really help.
ryansmumAria said... (6/7/10 0:51 AM) Reply
Thank you so much for this great link. I took her class decades ago and there were no handouts, just my little diagrams. I love using her welt pocket, it is brilliant and works so well. Thanks again!
nancy2001 said... (6/5/10 10:45 AM) Reply
Very ingenious. I'll have to try it on my next project
Elaine Dougan said... (6/5/10 10:16 AM) Reply
I have added this tip to my favorites list. Very helpful.
Patti B said... (6/5/10 9:48 AM) Reply
Catbird, thanks for a helpful tute! And thanks for acknowledging Judy Barlup -- she's a wonderful and generous sewist. There are a lot of gems still hidden in the Get Creative site, aren't there?
Rebecca D said... (6/5/10 9:12 AM) Reply
Thanks for posting this. I've bookmarked the link - very clear and helpful.
Annette1 said... (6/4/10 4:07 PM) Reply
EXCELLENT tutorial! Your step-by-step instructions and illustrations make it clear EVEN TO ME exactly what steps need to be taken to achieve this wonderful end result! I'm saving this tip as a "favorite." :o)
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