|This one is perfect for offcuts!|
|I love this easier method of putting the zip in and I think that you will too!|
|The star of the show.|
|Devil is in the detail peeps. Make sure that the back has a point of interest too. For me, it is a label to show where it was made.|
And I have a giveaway for you too! I have a pack of the pattern paper that I am using today to send out to one lucky person. All you need to do is to leave me a comment below and the winner will be chosen at random on the 25th June 2018. I will post the lucky person's name on here so keep watching!
|This is a really handy pack and you will be surprised how easy it is to draft a simple pattern!|
So what is in the pack? A pack each of Hemline Squared Pattern Paper, Dressmaker's Carbon Paper and Tracing Paper. There are several sheets of each so if you are a sewist, it is a lovely prize.
|You don't have to have squared paper to make this pattern today but it is handy and it is in the pack!|
So let's get started and will show you how to make this little purse template free!
To begin with, let's gather some supplies....
-F8th tie dyed fabric. You can make your own but I am going to upcycle a pillowcase that I have never used.
-F8th lining fabric. Mine is Soda Straws from the Boardwalk Delight collection by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics (Hantex)*
-F8th H630 light wadding (Vlieseline)*
-4" navy metal zipper
-small scrap of leather for the zipper pull
-Union Jack ribbon (Berisfords)*
-bright gold iron on foil
-peace symbol die. I am using the Sizzix #662165A
-Sizzix Big Shot manual die cutting machine*
-F8th Hemline Squared Pattern Paper*
-Your usual sewing needs
*The addresses are in the Right side bar
Right - let's get the template making bit out of the way first. Oh and by the way, due to popular request, my patterns on here will now be all in imperial measurements.
Begin by drawing a 6 1/4" long x 5 1/4" wide rectangle....
|The squares may not all match up. Don't worry too much about it for this make.|
Now find something round which is about 6" diameter. This can be a plate, or a cup or anything at all. Round off the bottom of the rectangle....
|A side plate makes a perfect 'thing' to draw around and every house has at least one!|
|Don't worry if it is not super perfect. I will show you the universal designer's trick to fixing it in a minute...|
|This is what we have now.|
|Don't round the corners yet!|
|Hmm...needs some surgery...|
|Just choose one of the curves to cut. This will guarantee symmetry every time.|
|Off it comes!|
|When you unfold it, you can see where the right hand line went a bit awry? It doesn't matter. it is all fixed now and ready to go! Just ignore it.|
Now use the template to cut two outer panels, two lining and two interfacing....
|One size fits all!|
|Don't worry about the interfacing being in the seam allowance, just cut it the same size and iron it on!|
Let's put the peace symbol on next. Cut the symbol using the iron on foil and the die and Big Shot
|I needed a few passes but it came out beautifully.|
|I just love this stuff! It makes everything you do look professional.|
The panel is now ready to use. Let's prep the zipper next - don't worry, that is really easy with my method too. Begin by cutting a piece of lining 2" wide x 4" long. This is longer than you need but it is easier to handle and you can trim it. Fold the strip in half length ways and crease the middle...
|The seam roller is so much easier than running to the iron for every little thing.|
Fold the two raw edges to the centre crease...
|No really easy way to show this but I think that you get the idea.|
Now bind the ends of the zipper and trim the excess away so that the binding is the same width as the zipper.
|Bind each end of the zip.|
|By the way, I don't sew this anymore. I sued to but it is fiddly and my machine does not like it one bit. I sew and clip now and it works beautifully. because it is such a narrow part once the pouch is sewn up, it all holds perfectly.|
Time to put the zipper in. Take one outer panel and one piece of lining and place them right sides together with the zip sandwiched in between.....
|The vertical pins at either end of the zip remind you where to start and stop sewing.|
Open the panels out so that the zip is exposed and topstitch, again only going from zipper end to zipper end on both sides....
|The topstitching also goes from one bound end of the zip to the other.|
Now open the whole thing out and place outer to outer and lining to lining right sides together and pin.
Leaving a turning gap in the lining, sew right around the very edge with a normal 1/4" seam allowance....
|It is more usual to avoid putting the turning gap on a curve but here we have no choice. Don't worry, it doesn't present too many problems.|
|Here in contrast thread, you can see how big the gap should be.|
Before turning out, clip the curves with a sharp pair of scissors, being very careful not to clip the seam...
|This reduces bulk and means that your pouch will have a lovely smooth curve.|
There we go! I have added a piece of leather to the zipper pull which is about 1/4" wide and 4" long (it can be trimmed if it looks ridiculous)....
|I love that gold die cut peace sign. I think that it makes it!|
|This ribbon has lots of Union Flags on it so that you can cut them off and use them as labels. Finish the ends with fray stopper.|
I am actually about to open an Etsy shop with some of my bag and pouch patterns in and they will all be made in this format so you can practice and expand your skills.
|Might make some in other sizes!|
Thanks for stopping by!