Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Zipped pouch tutorial - front zip

Here is my second little tutorial, it is using a zip like the last one, so you can follow those instructions to get you 'tabbed' zip.  Here are the pics again:

Please refer to this post:






So this time we are setting the zip halfway down the pouch, and the size of the fabric needs to be 2 different lengths.  One needs to be at least 2.5 inches longer,  this depends where you want the zip to be in your pouch.  The zip will be half this amount from the top.  See all the pictures below and you will get the idea.  The pictures on this one are not so good as I used the same fabric as a liner.


You need to set your 2 short pieces together as in the previous tutorial, and then longer pieces.




You can top stitch on the outside now:


Now comes the tricky bit. you need to bring to outside edges together and the lining, skip to next 2 pictures to see what I mean.  



Sew the edges, but leave a gap in the lining, and the iron into the shape you need, this makes it easier:


Open up the zip, sew the other 2 edges (all of them at together), clip the corners

Turn inside out using the gap in the lining.


I was pleased with my zips, perfect for little craft projects like this, see my purchase last year:











Saturday, June 11, 2016

Maulden Church Fabric sale

Maulden church had a fabric sale, it included all sorts of fabric, patterns, yarn and haberdashery that had been donated.

It was well organised and very popular, we walked there and arrived at around 10 and it was already busy.  Just didn't realise that so many people sew.

Should have got them all together and we could have started a sewing group!

So this was my little haul, 3 pieces on top are just offcuts, but enough to line a bag or make a tissue pouch.

They were only charging 50p or a £1 for most things, my friend bought a pattern and some fabric.

Then we had a drink and a piece of delicious homebaked cake.

So a pleasant walk, shopping and a cake - what more could you ask for!

Must get back into using mapmywalk, forgot to switch it on until we were half way home!
mapmywalk


Friday, June 03, 2016

Next pair

I only managed 2 from this pair of jeans, they were really nice pockets, but only a small size, so not so much denim to go around!

I need more interesting jeans, I have used them all up now.  Got some plain ones that I am working through, but they need to be made more interesting with pockets etc, so take a little more time.



Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Zipped pouch tutorial - top zip


I thought I would do a few pictures on how to add a zip to a simple pouch.  I found that I got a neater finish by putting tabs on the end of the zip, as there is a lot less bulk with the final sewing.  So took these pictures to remind me how I actually did it!

The nylon zips make life to simple - you can just chop off the ends and make any size bag you like.  I bought a job lot of ebay sometime ago and are great for 'crafting' projects.

You need to start by making little tabs for the end of the zips, I suggest that you need to do it at least an inch on the end, so your fabric needs to be 3 inches to allow for the turnings.  You don't want the zip to be at the ends of the tab, but in enough for the sewing to hold.







So once you have done that you need to cut 4 pieces of your fabric (2 for the lining).  A width to match your zip with tabs.  Place your zip on the lining, wrong sides together - the zip upwards.  Then place your on top with wrong side facing up.



Now sew neatly reasonably close to the zip, you don't need to be that close, just even distance away when you do the other side.


You may need to slide the zipper along, I start with it in the middle and zip it back.


Do the same the other side and you should be left with this, you can top stitch on the outside now:


Now you need to unzip the zip at least half way, match all the outsides together and the lining together (rights sides). 


Make sure that the outside fabric is facing down into the lining like this:


Sew all the way around, leaving a gap on the lining bottom.  A couple of inches.


Snip the corners, turn it all the right way around by using the gap in the lining...ta dah.....


You will need to sew up the turning gap.








Monday, May 30, 2016

A very large pair of shorts


Managed to get 4 bags out of these shorts, made a pocket on 2 of them as this was the lower leg, got the fancy stitching going on the sewing machine.

These 2 are the top and already had nice pockets with flaps.

And these were the lower legs, so were a bit short.  I made them bigger with the contrasting fabric, with interfacing included.  I added new pockets to the front with some off cuts.  I unpicked every scrap, nothing was wasted!  The legs had the stitching on the cuffs, so one I did one way and the other just stitched on the outside.  what do you think?







Sunday, May 22, 2016

Denim bags

Another batch done over the last few weeks/months!  I thought I would put them together from the same jeans, sadly I have not remembered to take pictures of them all.

I got 4 out of these jeans, they were actually wide 3/4 lengths and I used all the denim for the actual bag and made strap from other fabric.  I still have one to finish, had to do a little patchwork back, but think it looks good.

I had good fun making a different inside pocket with a button closure on the one below.





Saturday, April 30, 2016

Crafting Community

The forum that has been on the website for years and tears has had a little facelift, it need updating to the latest software and the old template wouldn't work, so have taken the opportunity to give it a little facelift. I hope that you like it and pop along sometime :)