Friday, January 29, 2016

Tissue pouch tutorial

Today we are going to make a tissue pouch, a friend of mine has made these for years, and she suggested that I made some.

I bought some Kleenex packs from Poundland, and worked the best measurements for this make as some packs are slightly different size (but fairly negligible so I wouldn't worry too much).
I have only found packs with top opening now.

I have set this as a mini challenge to a few of the girls on the forum, you should have received 2 templates, fabric and a length of bias binding. I was going to send the tissues, but think the package would have gone to bigger than a large letter, so I hope you have a pack somewhere in the house.

So start with cut a piece of fabric 155mm (6 and 1/10 inch), by 140mm 5 1/2 inches or slightly more as this is your seam edges.

A length of bias binding to match (28mm /11inches)

Iron your bias binding exactly in half.

If you are going to make a few I recommend that you cut a piece of paper for your cutting template and a piece of card for your folding and stitching template .

Folding and stitching template: 5x3inches or 129mm x 78mm

Mark a line half way along the length, you can see mine in the picture.  This template will be the finished size of the sewn pouch, and the line where the bias edges meet.
Then put it along the edge of the short sides covering both sides.

Then just machine sew carefully along the edge of the bias binding, you don't need to be really close.  Right side up

I use a straight stitch, nothing wrong with using a zig zag or something fancy.

If you want to have a go at hand sewing, You could put the bias binding rights side together.  Stitch along the crease, then fold under to the wrong side and slip stitch along.

Fold the edges in using the template as a guide, pin or peg.

Mark your seam allowance along the edge using the edges of your template.  The edges will be your stitch line,

Then it is just a case of straight stitching using the template as guidance.

Optionally you could zig zag the raw edge. I have a lovely foot for the sewing machine that makes edging simple.

All done now turn right sides out and pop your pack of tissues in, then neaten it up by manoeuvring the tissues within the case.

I have also made some with thinner fabric and doubled the width, and I did not bother to actually join the ends, just putting them together inside at the back, and just put some ric rac on the edge for a change.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

mini Christmas tree bags

Thought I would just do a quick share of these little bags I just made to hang on the Christmas tree, can't decide if I should bling them up a bit.

What do you think.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Denim bag - sorry I know another!

I bought a pair of shorts from a charity shop a few weeks again, they have been sitting washed and ready to go for some time, and I finally got around to finishing one half of them yesterday.

I tried out one of the stitches on the machine as well as doing a button hole - which on this machine is a joy as you just pop the button on the holder and it does it all for you, no measuring, marking - or generally faffing about.  I don;t think you can see the stitches as they are on the flap, and didn't take one from the right angle.

Walked into Ampthill to visit the craft fair at the White Hart and also the Food fair at Parkside Hall.  Embarassed to say I didn't buy anything apart from a loaf of bread from Jo's loaves.  I bought a Goats Cheese making kit for other halves birthday pressie, so had gone to get Goats milk for it, and thought the loaf would go with it!  At the moment the cheese is not made, so have frozen the bread!

Some interesting food at the fair, but just nothing I needed or wanted this week.  Craft fair was tiny but some nice things there, lovely little venue.

I did spend some time playing on the sewing machine, played with the zips I got a while back, making some little purses, have learnt where I went wrong and know for next time.  Will have to take some pics later.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Phone stand and more bean bags!

I made a phone stand a while back and realised I didn't put it on here.  It is a simple design and has rice to weight it down with normal 'toy' stuffing in the top half.

Having made the bean bags since, am more of a fan of the bean bags as you can put your tablet in various different positions and it also moulds itself to the surface it is on ie your lap, or the arm of the chair.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Tablet or book bean bag

I have had this in my to do list for a long time, and finally got around to buying some polystyrene beads.  It didn't take long to sew...took quite a long time fighting with the 'beans' to get them into the bag, they go everywhere...I am sure there is a better way to do it.

I made a funnel from card and used a glass jar pour in.  I kept a box by me to place the jar when not in use, keeping the mess to a minimum, I got there in the end, and am pleased with results,  you can rest ipad/tablet/ or book in any position, on your lap on the settee arm etc.

Needed to get the vacuum cleaner out, but wasn't too bad!

Sunday, November 01, 2015


I have not made Christmas cards for a while, so thought I would give it a go this weekend, so have made a batch and that is me all done now :)

 Here are a few of them, took the pictures a little late in the day, so quite orange and long shadows.