Give It a Month: Sewing Curves

Here’s a summary of my fifth “Give It a Month” birthday challenge. Each month this upcoming year, I’m conquering a new quilting technique. This past month, I sewed curves.

I’ve never sewn curves before — I like to stick to straight lines. But curves are so trendy right now and there are so many great patterns coming out using curves. So I knew if I could conquer curves, a whole new world of sewing would open up for me.

My Process:

First, I chose a pattern. This was the hardest part! I was overwhelmed by how many pattern using curves I loved. I turned to Instagram for some searches and felt myself continually drawn to one pattern — the Looper quilt by Miss Make. A few reasons I loved this quilt: it’s totally customizable, so you create as many blocks as you want and arrange them however you want. It also had curves in multiple sizes, so I know I’d get practice on subtle curves and more curvy curves! 🙂

Next, I made templates. The Looper quilt pattern has printable template patterns for all the curves. I tested using paper templates and making a template from template plastic. (Word of warning: The templates for this quilt are HUMUNGOUS, so there was no way I was going to tape plastic template together to make templates for the whole quilt. I ended up doing a template of the smallest piece just to try it out. (I used this plastic template from Dritz, but there are a lot of brands out there.) I found both easy to use, and would do it either way in the future depending on how many pieces I was cutting and how big the template was.

Now for cutting. Fun tip about cutting curves: you want to cut pieces against the grain so the curvy parts stretch easier. (I realized this after sewing a block that didn’t want to fit together and was not even close to being the right size). When using the plastic template to cut pieces, I just used my rotary cutter in one hand and cut with it butting against the template, and it was very easy. For the paper templates, it was a little more work. I pinned the templates in place with the pin heads facing inside so I could clearly see the outside the template. I used a rotary cutter for this method, but had to cut much slower and found a few times that I cut into the paper template so my curve was a little choppy.

It’s sewing time! I have 3 tips for success:

  • Pin, pin, pin, pin, pin. You still don’t have enough pins. (These Clover applique pins are thin, small, and perfect for this task.)
  • Start with the largest curves and work to the smallest (put the larger curve on top while sewing).
  • Stitch slower and use a shorter stitch length. Stop to pivot often.


I have a whole quilt top done using curves! (I really only had to make two blocks using curves for this quilt, so it was pretty easy. But I love this pattern and want to do it again in a different configuration. Our basement has wood paneling on the walls and a ’70s vibe, so I picked this color palette to complement that. I think it’ll look really cool when it’s all quilted and on the couch in our basement bar area!

Thanks for joining me for “happy hour,”


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Have you ever made a quilt with curves? I’d love to hear your experience in the comments!

1 Comment

  1. Wow! Looks like you’ve mastered the art of sewing curves! You are so right in using lots of pins and pivoting continuously. It’s the only way to make it work. Curves certainly aren’t my favorite, but they really offer a great punch to a design! Bravo to you!


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