I want to make Barbie and Ken clothes. I would like to use old sweaters or other streachy material. Please help.
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Using old sweaters is a great way to repurpose and recycle for green crafting. Wash the materials before you start. Open up the seams of the clothing so you are working with one layer of material. You can trace your patterns onto the sweater or other stretchy material and machine sew using a stitch for stretchy materials (select on the sewing machine, these stitches has a little give to them so they will not break). You could also cut out the patterns and pin the patterns onto the material, but make sure you give yourself a healthy seam allowance. If your material begins to unravel, use a fray stopping liquid, there are many to choose from including Fray-Chek. You’ll find this medium where fabric, sewing, or quilting supplies are sold. Working with stretchy materials does take some patience. Sew slow and make sure you are bonding all the weave.
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