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River Sewalong // How to hem all versions

how to hem the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

You’re almost done with your River! Just gotta finish those hems.

The hem is slightly different for the different versions, depending if you’ve made a woven or knit River. But I’ll cover both here.

// WOVEN VERSIONS 2 & 4 //

how to hem the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

For woven versions 2&4, start by filing up and pressing by 1/2″.

how to hem the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Then fold up  2” and press.

how to hem the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Stitch close to the edge.

how to hem the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Repeat exactly for the sleeves.

You can also create a cuff for the sleeve, which I’ll show you below.

// KNIT VERSIONS 1 & 3 //

how to hem the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

For the knit versions, we don’t want all the bull from folding twice. So we will only be folding once.

It’s not necessary, but if you’d like, you can first finish the raw edge like I did. Then fold in 2 3/8″ and press and pin.

how to hem the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

From the outside, use a twin needle or zig zag stitch to topstitch just under 2 3/8″.

You need to use the twin needle or zig zag stitch to maintain the stretch of the fabric.

how to hem the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Now, you can repeat the above steps for the sleeves. Or another option (for any version) is to create a cuffed sleeve. ITs probably better for wovens, but I liked it here with this one, and my knit wasn’t too thick so it worked.

Fold up twice to the outside instead of the inside ( I did 1”. Instructions suggest 1/2”).

how to hem the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary how to hem the River pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Then hand tack at the underarm and top of sleeve to secure it in place.

That’s it! Super easy hemming, and a couple of options for this sleeves!

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About Author

Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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Veronica
Veronica
3 years ago

Hi Megan! I’m absolutely in love with the floral fabric you’re using for the knit version. Would you mind sharing where you purchased it?