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A rolled hem with the overlock for ribbons in gardendecoration

Now that the garden is at its best, I will spend more time outdoors. And I thought of a hanger with ribbons. Doesn’t that sound nice? A rolled hem with the overlock for ribbons in gardendecoration is a good finish.

Use leftover scraps, a great idea to recycle. I have more than enough and will make some more to give to a retirement home. They could even make some more, together with the residents. They can bring their own fabric, or help sewing. This is a nice project to sew with children as well.

If you don’t have an overlock, you could sew a zigzag stitch on the sewing machine.

What do you need for a gardendecoration with ribbons?

  • Ribbons or tape (or scraps of fabric, that you can sew together to ribbons of about 5 cm width)
  • Metal clothes hanger
  • Fabric to cover the clothes hanger
  • Mettler Seralon sewing thread and Mettler Seralene overlockthread (in any color
  • BERNINA L 460
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Preparation of the overlock for rolled hem settings:

I want to finish the ribbons with a rolled hem on the overlock.  So many sewists use the overlock only for a standard finish of seams in garments. This is an ideal project to try the rolled hem.


  • Remove the left needle
  • Increase tension of both upper and lower looper to 7,5  (the tension wheels on the right)
  • Pull the rolled hem lever backwards
  • Set stitch length to R
  • Set differential feed to 1

Watch this tutorial:

Look how neat the rolled hem looks:

If you don’t have an overlock, sew a zigzag stitch with the sewing machine.


Start with the gardendecoration:

Place the fabric for the clothes hanger, right sides together.

Place the clothes hanger on top and think of a 1 cm seam allowance (don’t forget to keep space for 2 à 2,5 cm at the bottom) and draw the lines. Draw 2 cm vertical lines on top of the triangle, where the hook goes through.

Cut out the shape, with a 1 cm seam allowance.

Fold over the seam on top. Now sew the seam on both sides, following the red lines:

Cut the corners, it helps to turn the project:

Overlock the bottom opening with a standard overlock stitch (or zigzag).


Sew the ribbons with the rolled hem to the clotheshanger cover:

If you made ribbons of full fabric width 140 cm, cut them in two. Or use what you have.

Pin the ribbons on one side of the fabric triangle. If there is a selvedge side, leave it on the bottom of the ribbons.

Sew the ribbons with the rolled hem to the cover, with a straight stitch.

Fold the other side of the cover over and pin, with the ribbons in between:

Sew together in two lines: one through the overlock stitch and one as close as possible to the metal clothes hanger.


With needle position left, you can sew the closest possible.

The project is finished. I hope I can inspire you to try it: A rolled hem with the overlock for ribbons in gardendecoration.


Free sewing tutorial: Garden decoration with ribbons

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