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Nest your seams to keep your block flat. The Sewing Loft

Nesting Seams-


Learn how to reduce bulk and keep your quilt blocks flat with this simple technique of nesting seams. The Sewing Loft

Nesting seams is a great way to keep your seam allowance flat in quilt blocks. This is a common term in quilting and refers to the layering of seam allowance in the opposite direction to reduce bulk.

Nesting seams is a simple process. It just takes a little bit of planning to make sure that your seams are facing in opposite directions at each intersection. Below I used a few of my favorite flat pins to line my points up and am even pretty excited to flip the block over and see just how clean it looks.


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Nesting Seams Stats-

  • Size: Varies
  • When to Use: When quilting to reduce bulk, eliminate bumps and give a more professional finish.
  • Quick Tip: Properly pressing seams in the opposite direction helps them to nest easier and also assists with reducing bulk.  Try these flat head pins and your favorite starch to help improve the look of your quilt blocks/nesting seams.

Click the pictures below to projects and learn more ways to use this type of seam in your sewing projects.

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  1. You inspire me. I am currently helping a church in our community make adult bibs, baby bibs, pet pads, etc. I am so impressed with this project. They recycle used clothing whenever possible instead of buying new fabric. It’s a form of quilting for me I never thought of doing. Great program.

  2. Chris Hilkemann says

    Hi Heather,
    I have a facebook page for my longarm quilting business. I’ve started sharing tips for quilters, and I would like to share a tip on nesting seams. Would you give me permission to use a picture from your blog? I would give you credit and have a link to the blog along with the tip. Thanks for your consideration.

    • Hello Chris,
      Thanks so much for asking. Yes, you are welcome to share an image from my site with a link back to the article. Feel free to tag The Sewing Loft. If it pops up in my feed, I’ll be sure to stop by and say hello.