Video: How to Sew with Knit Ribbing

How to Sew Ribbing on knit fabrics, sweatshirts, t-shirts | tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

Don’t you just love colorful piles of fabric??  They’re one of my favorite things to photograph.
And this pile of knit Ribbing?  I just want to reach out and stretch every fabric in the stack…and then show you how to sew with it of course.

How to Sew Ribbing on knit fabrics, sweatshirts, t-shirts | tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

Ribbing is the fabric used to finish the opening on the Everyday Sweatshirt, the Basic Tee, Muscle Shirts! And many necklines on knit garments.
You might be thinking, “Huh? How’d they do that?”

How to Sew Ribbing on knit fabrics, sweatshirts, t-shirts | tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

…but soon you’ll be going, “Yay I get it! Happy dance!”

How to Sew Ribbing on knit fabrics, sweatshirts, t-shirts | tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

This is one of those things where pictures can help, but seeing it in action is so much better. So here you go!

How to Sew Ribbing on knit fabrics, sweatshirts, t-shirts | tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

Just click the play button below and enjoy:

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Put those ribbing skills to good use! The Everyday Sweatshirt and the Flip Vest both have ribbing, and are good for layering year ’round.

How to Sew Ribbing on knit fabrics, sweatshirts, t-shirts | tutorial from MADE Everyday with Dana

  1. 1) T

    Ummmmmm, how is that possibly Owen?!?!?!?! He looks so grown up!!!!

    • 2) Dana

      hahaha. I know! It’s really crazy. He’s actually the same size as Lucy now! 🙂

  2. 3) Maureen

    I like the fact that knit fabric doesn’t fray and you don’t need to finish the seams. Thanks for the pattern and tutorial.

  3. 4) Melissa

    It took me years to realize that knit ribbing was a separate type of fabric. When I was new I thought it was some special technique people were doing. Haha. In my defense, though, I’m self taught…Great video. Maybe I will be brave enough to try knit ribbing soon…

    • 5) Dana

      You’re not alone! I always thought it was a trim you bought pre-cut in little packages…since every time I saw it on something it was folded in half, about a 1/2 inch wide 🙂
      Have fun with your new adventure!
      – Dana

  4. 6) Lydia

    I LOVE wearing knits, and I would also love to know more about sewing them! Look forward to learning lots more!!

  5. 7) Chary

    Where do you buy knits? I like to sew with them but my local Joanne’s has a limited supply. Any good on-line sources? Same goes for knit ribbing.

    • 8) Dana

      Joann is a good place to start. Hobby Lobby actually carries some too, but yes, it’s limited.

      Most designer fabric companies carry knits as well—such as Art Gallery Fabrics (the company I work with). You can find them on sites like fabric.com. Just search for “art gallery knit” on fabric.com (or even on Amazon) and you’ll find tons of option.

      And then check out Girl Charlee. The entire shop is knit fabrics!
      http://www.girlcharlee.com/

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