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This is not one of those square-peg-in-a-round-hole situations. But, if the idea of sewing a two-dimensional item (a flat circle) into a three-dimensional item (a tube) sounds like something from another dimension altogether, read on. We've broken it down into a simple step-by-step process and even show you two different methods.?

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Let's chat first about what we are not going to learn here. We're not going to get into the math equations needed to figure out how to appropriately size the opening of the tube to fit the circle. This involves ∏ (or pi, but not the yummy cherry kind) and multiplication. And, we are not going to learn how to cut a circle without a pattern. Butfunny standard pillowcases, lucky for you - because you are a super smart Sew4Home follower, we have another tutorial about those very topics: Make and Measure a Circle Without a Pattern.?

For this tutorial, we are assuming someone with a calculator and graph paper has already figured out all the dimensions for you and provided you with a pattern for your circle (wasn't that nice of them?).

If you are familiar with garment sewing and have inserted a sleeve, you'll notice the similarities to this technique.

We show you two methods below, one with gathers and one without. When you use each is dependent on your project. The gathered method is usually best when your overall project has some softness or fullness, such as a bolster pillow.?

The flat method works well when the circle is the base of a project, such as a tall duffle bag.?

Gather all your materials

Stay stitching is a single line of stitching that simply helps stabilize the fabric to prevent stretching or distortion. In this technique, it can also provide you with a seam line to follow later when stitching the circle in place. And, in the non-gathered method, it can provide a stopping line for clipping your curve.

Run the line of stay stitching along the long edge of your rectangle prior to sewing it into a tube (in our sample, we would stay stitch the 23" side).

Stitch the side seam.?

Clip the raw edges of the end of the tube into which you are inserting the circle (of course, you may be inserting a circle into both ends). Clip approximately every ?", taking care to cut up to but not through the stay stitching.

Insert the circle into the base and pin in place. The clips will allow the fabric to flare out to match the curve of the circle.?

Use the line of stay stitching as your guideline to stitch the circle into place.?

For more about this optional part of the technique, take a look at our Compact Barrel Tote and our Safari Duffle Bag. We used stay stitching on both of these projects.?

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