This ‘Stitch Along Fly Front Guide’ Could Be Yours

Over the weekend, I posted on Instagram about using my ‘Stitch Along Fly Front Guides’ by Dritz. I think I bought mine in college. I didn’t realize they’d gone out of production until I did a search for them online.  I’m too lazy to type out how they work. Luckily, Debbie Cooke has a great explanation here.

Imagine my jealousy when Lisa told me there was a straight stitch version of them too!

Well, thanks to The Gooogle, I did find one set of the fly front guides for sale, pre owned. And, as much as I like to hoard, I REALLY like notions and want everyone as obsessed with them as me. I wish someone more creative and organized than me would put together a Notions November photohop on Instagram. I’d love to see all the fun and interesting notions that are out there. I have a bunch that I keep saying I’m going to post about and then just don’t.

Anywho, I have an extra set of these coming my way and I’d love to give them away. I’d offer them to Trena, but she’s made like two fly fronts in 20 years of sewing.

Giveaway good outside of the US because, I like to travel and these are only a few ounces.

To enter: post a photo link to a fly front you’ve sewn. Link can be anywhere the photo is hosted. Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, Photobucket, etc. Entries welcome until Friday, August 28th. Random number generator, blah, blah, blah.



  1. For anyone who loves this idea but doesn’t win one: I cut a template out of thick paper based on the fly shape of my pattern, and use double-sided tape to hold it temporarily to the fabric. Then I just stitch very slowly right along the edge. You could also draw around it with chalk and then sew. It’s amazing how much it helps to have that smooth line to follow!

    • Oh that topstitching is GORGEOUS! Really nicely done! (and it took me 3 tries to see the triangle too-I think you’re in the clear on that one!)

  2. I hope this isn’t a duplicate comment as my computer hiccupped. What a cool notion! I learned a trick to trace the fly shape on freezer paper the fly, then press to garment using and iron before sewing around the template. It works pretty well, but this is WAY cooler. Here are jeans I made, tho I’ve done a lot of fly fronts, just don’t have any pictures. Sorry it’s not more of a closeup. Hope I win! 🙂

  3. I KNEW I’d seen these once upon a time!! I tried to find them a few years ago and never did have any luck with it. I do have an old Bonfit pants fitting pattern and it came with a fly guide, so I dig that out when I want to do a crisp fly front but it’s a bit fiddly and I do get the odd wobble in the stitching. However, I never wear tops that tuck in so it’s not something I need-I’m just glad to know that I’m not crazy, these things were made and sold at one time. I hope whoever wins it makes a bazillion pairs of pants with it! 😀

  4. Oh, boo hoo. I did a fly front on some skirts but don’t have an internet presence. Can I send you a photo or attach one to a comment?

    Relatedly, just tonight I abandoned topstiching a fake fly front because it was a pain transferring that line, and it was just for show any way.

  5. Surely, with all the hard plastic rulers that are manufactured in odd shapes for rotary-cutting quilt pieces, a vendor will decide to re-issue these devices! I’ve never used one, but then I trust my topstitching skills, and eyeball pretty much everything like fly fronts and edge stitching. It’s a Celtic personality trait (use what you’ve got, to improvise what you need) rather than a Teutonic personality trait (diligently plan for, and then work methodically to achieve the desired end . Some of us are good improvisers, some of us are good planners — humanity needs both sorts.

  6. Just thought I’d throw this tip out there for those who don’t win your generous giveaway … when you buy a zipper in a package at, i.e., Joann’s, the package opens up to BE a template, curve and all.

  7. I also want all the notions. I didn’t know these existed and have been using a template I made myself from oaktag — pfffftttt!

  8. voila, my fly:

    btw I haven’t posted in ages because now that I’ve been catching up with blogs via feedly, it’s just harder work to join conversations. But still loving the blog – I was in Montreal this year too and just swooned over all the fabric stores. the new blog look is terrific!

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