A tailor's ham is a helpful little cushion that is used when pressing curved seams, such as a bust or a hip seam. You can also use a tailor's sausage to slip into a sleeve to press open that hard to reach seam. Use this tool at any point where your seam won’t lay flat.
To make your own, here’s what you’ll need...
Thick cotton canvas
Sawdust for stuffing (you can also use soft wool or scrap knit fabrics)
Hand sewing needle
Download and print out these patterns:
1) After cutting out the pattern pieces with the darts transferred to the wrong side of the fabric, sew the darts on either piece for the ham and sausage.
3) Match dart seams and fold darts in opposite directions to reduce bulk along the edge.
4) Mark two points along the raw edge about 7” apart. Sewing with ¼” seam allowance, begin your stitch at one point with a strong backstitch, and continue all around the piece to the second point, ending in another strong backstitch.
5) Turn right side out.
6) Stuff the pouch with sawdust until it’s impossible to fit one more flake inside.
7) Thread your hand-sewing needle, and sewing with a whipstitch or an invisible ladder stitch, close the opening shut.
Thanks, Kristiann! I'll be whipping up some of these at some point in some snazzy fabrics. Readers, if you haven't already seen them popping up all over Pinterest, do check out Victory Patterns' beauuuuutiful new designs...