I've been fiddling with this idea for a while now. A week ago I blogged about a hair clip holder
that I made out of felt, but I much prefer the stiffness and crispness of my second attempt - the same basic pattern, but constructed out of fabric.
What do you need?
- 27cm x 19cm outer fabric
- 27cm x 19cm lining fabric
- 5cm x 40cm fabric to make the straps. I used the outer fabric, but it's up to you.
- 2 pieces of outer fabric 9 x 8 cm to make the pocket (optional... I'm not sure that I'll worry about the pocket next time.)
- 2 pieces of medium weight fusible interfacing 27 x19 cm. I like the finished product to be quite crisp and stiff so I interfaced both the lining and the outer fabric. If you'd like it to be softer you can just interface either the outer or lining fabric
- 1 piece of medium weight fusible interfacing 5cm x40cm
- 1 coordinating button
- Elastic to make a loop for the button hole. I used one of Lizzy's hair elastics!
Let's start with the pocket
Pin the two pocket pieces right sides together. Sew, using a 1cm seam allowance. Leave a small opening in one of the sides so that you can pull the pocket through.
Clip the corners and turn the pocket through so that the right sides of the fabric are on the outside. Roll the seams between your thumb and finger to make sure that they lay flat. Iron your pocket. It should look like this (though mine is a little wonky!)
Now it's time to attach the pocket to the out fabric...
Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of your outer fabric.
Fold the outer fabric in half with the right side out. I placed my pocket on the back of my hair clip holder, but it's up to you. Place your pocket 3.5 cm from the centre fold, 3.5 cm from the short side and 3cm from the bottom of your lining piece. Pin it carefully. Make sure that the opening that you used to turn the pocket through is at the bottom so that you sew it up when you stitch the pocket onto the outer fabric.
Carefully sew the pocket to your outer fabric. Don't forget to leave the top open!
Next, the straps...
Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of your strap fabric.
Fold the strap piece in half lengthwise and iron so that you have a crisp centre fold. Make sure you iron on the fabric side - you don't want to fry the interfacing!
Unfold the fabric and fold each long side to the centre crease you just created and iron again. It should look like this.
Fold the strap in half lengthwise again so that both raw edges are folded to the inside. Pin and press.
Top stitch down either edge of the strap. Cut the strap in half.
Take your lining fabric and fuse the interfacing to the wrong side. Fold the lining in half and iron to create a centre crease. Centre the straps on either side of the crease and pin them on.
Sew the bottom and top of each strap to the lining.
Next step? Attaching the elastic for the button...
Measure the elastic so that it fits your button snugly. Pin the elastic to the back of your outer fabric halfway down the short side. Make sure the loop is facing inwards. (have a look at the picture...) Sew the elastic to the outer fabric. It's important that the elastic is super- secure. Make sure you sew over it a number of times.
Pin the outer and lining fabrics right sides together. Sew, using a 1cm seam allowance. Leave a 5cm opening so that you can turn it so the right side is out.
Trim the ends off the straps, clip the corners and turn through. Press carefully and pin the opening closed.
Top stitch around all four sides taking care to close the opening that you used to turn the hair clip holder through to the right side.
Last, but not least the button...
Sew the button onto the front of your hair-clip holder. Make sure that you line it up carefully with the elastic button loop. Try to sew through the outer fabric only...you don't want messy hand stitching on the inside of your beautiful finished product!
Give it a final press and you are done!