How to Turn Tubes into the Tube-tastic

comments (5) November 4th, 2008     

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Shannon_Dennis Shannon Dennis, contributor
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Fasturn tube sets are a great addition to any sewing room!
With right sides together, sew your fabric strip with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
Slide the fabric tube over the metal tube.
Fasturn tube sets are a great addition to any sewing room!

Fasturn tube sets are a great addition to any sewing room!

Photo: Shannon Dennis

Tank-top straps, flower stems, or purse handles—turning those tubes right side out can be the biggest pain in a project. Here are some tricks to make it easier and a fantastic tool called Fasturn to make it happen in a flash.

Sew your fabric right sides together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance in half when you're done.


With right sides together, sew your fabric strip with a 1/4-inch seam allowance, then trim your seam in half.

Select the right-size tube from the Fasturn kit and slide the metal piece into your tube.


Feed the fabric tube over the metal tube.

Leave a little piece of the fabric tube overhanging, and cover the end/opening of the metal tube with the fabric.


Cover the end of the metal tube with the end of your fabric tube.

Slide the thin tube turner into the center of the metal tube and twist until the curled "pigtail" end comes through the fabric.


Twist the tube turner until the pigtail comes through the fabric.

Carefully begin to pull the fabric through the opening of the metal tube.


Pull the fabric very carefully through the metal tube. There you have it—a perfect strap!

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Comments (5)

ohsewcute writes: A picture is worth a thousand words! I have just opened my newly purchased Fasturn and the directions made no sense to me, at all. It could be the fact that I tend to over-complicate directions. Anyway, your pictures 'uncomplicated' everything and now I'm ready to make tendrils to go with the fabric flowers that I just created. Many thanks!!!! BTW - you have pretty hands!
Posted: 6:20 pm on May 13th
bluesewing writes: thank you. I always did the fold and press and topstitch. now i will try this way for a differnt look, and finer straps
Posted: 12:33 pm on November 14th
capebretonchick writes: I would to own the set, They are expensive, But someday I will have one
Posted: 5:28 pm on November 13th
DarleneChun writes: Wow, all the great and helpful things people are coming up with, to help save time and frustration. Bravo!
Posted: 6:08 pm on November 5th
robtsou writes: This looks like a neat idea. Right now I thread a piece of string through my tube and sew the end shut to secure it before I pull it through.
Posted: 12:58 pm on November 4th
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