PPS - Maryanne just informed me that I've got the cutlery the wrong way round... and she's right! Oops!
Inspiration hits in strange places. Late last night I when was icing cupcakes for snack , I suddenly knew the look I wanted for Lizzy's new library bag.
After a stash raid and an hour at the sewing machine - the hundreds and thousands library bag!
Now there's another reason to love going to the library!
I love zippered purses - so simple and quick... and oh so satisfying.
I'm always appliqueing things for Lizzy and Mart, but this morning I was inspired by Kajsa Wikman's gorgeous Scandinavian Stitches to try some for me.
Now I'm craving a crunchy new season gala apple!
Remember how your heart used to race when you found a red envelope in your mailbox on February 14th? Feel those flutters every day by making yourself a love letter mini clutch!
What you'll need...
To start with, you'll need to draw a template for this project. Here's a diagram to get you started.
Fold one piece of A4 paper in half, lengthwise. On the folded side, measure and mark 25cm. On the unfolded side, measure and mark 15cm. Draw a diagonal line between the two dots. When you cut and unfold your template, it should look like this....
We'll call this piece the back.
Now take your other piece of paper and fold it in half lengthwise.
Measure 15cm from the bottom of your paper and rule a line the width of the paper. Cut along the line. When you unfold it, it should look like this...
We'll call this piece the front.
Now it's time to cut your fabric. The templates you have drafted include a 1cm seam allowance.You'll need to cut -
Before you begin the fun stuff, fuse the interfacing to the wrong sides of your outer fabric pieces.
Let's start crafting! You need to draw a heart shape on to the papery side of your heat and bond. Fuse the heat and bond to your fabric, following the manufacturer's instructions.
Cut out the heart and position it on right side of the back outer piece of fabric. It will end will end up in the right place, promise! Place the bottom of the heart about 4cm from the pointy end of the back piece. Bond - make sure you don't scorch your fabric!
Machine applique the heart to the fabric. I used a straight stitch because it's quicker, but zigzag looks good too
I'm really into using elastics and buttons for closures at the moment, so that's what I've used here. You could also use a press stud or a magnetic clip. If you take these options make sure you select a small ones, though, because the point where you have to attach your closure is pretty narrow.
Measure the loop of elastic around your button. It doesn't have to be super accurate - this type of closure is pretty forgiving! Attach the loop to the right side of your outer fabric just below the point of the heart that you've appliqued. Make sure you reinforce your seam by sewing over it a number of times. The loop that you want to go around the button needs to be facing the heart. It looks a little confusing in this picture as I've used a circle of elastic to make the loop.
Next, grab the 50cm x 6cm strip and head to the ironing board so that you can make the wrist strap.
Iron the strip in half lengthwise in order to create a nice, crisp fold.
Open the strip and iron each of the long sides of the fabric to the centre fold. It should look like this.
Next, iron the strip in half so that all of the unfinished edges are folded to the inside.
Top stitch along both edges of the strap.
Fold the strap in half and attach it to the right side of the front piece. Make sure the loop is facing inwards. Attach the strap about 4cm from the top. It's up to you whether you attach it on the right or left hand side. Reinforce your seam by sewing over it a number of times.
Now it's time to take the front and back pieces of your outer fabric and pin them right sides together. Using a 1cm seam allowance, sew the front and back pieces together.
Clip the corners , trim your seams carefully and turn the front piece right side out. You should see the envelope shape taking place!
Pin the lining together in the same way. This next bit is important - make sure you leave a 10cm gap in the long seam that runs along the bottom so that when you get around to sewing the lining and outer together you have a hole to turn them through. Sew the lining using a 1cm seam allowance. Clip the corners and trim your seams carefully.
Take the outer and lining pieces. With right sides together sandwich the outer piece inside the lining. Match up the side seams and the point on the top. Pin carefully.
Starting about half way along the front of the bag opening stitch the lining and the outer fabric together. You need to stitch right across the front of the bag opening and also up and around both sides of the triangle. Make sure that you pivot at the corners. Check out the diagram below so that you can see exactly where you need to sew.
Trim the seams and snip off the point of the triangle. On the diagram I've marked the two points where you need to clip to the seam line. Make sure you don't clip through your sewing when trimming, snipping and clipping.
Remember you left a gap in the lining? Now it's time to turn your whole envelope through, so that all of the seam allowances are turned to the inside. Use a chopstick to push out all of the corners so that you create a nice envelopey shape.
It should look like this...
Press your envelope flat. You might need to roll the seams between your thumb and forefinger to ensure that they lay flat
All you have to do now is a little finishing off...
Sew on your button - try to just sew through the outer layer of fabric so that you don't have any messy stitching on the inside of your bag.
Finally - hand slip the hole in the lining together and....taa daa! You're done - it's time to share the love!
Where has the time gone? It seems like only yesterday that Martin was a baby in my arms and on Thursday he is starting at an under threes Montessori program.
A big boy needs a back pack to start school. I wanted it to be one that he could open and close by himself and carry just what he needs - a nappy and a piece of fruit!
A big M on the front so everyone knows who it belongs to and an easy to open and close button and elastic - a boy has to be able to get to his treasures by himself!
Adjustable straps mean that it fits just right ...
and is perfect for climbing and exploring!
PS - stay tuned for a tutorial!
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?
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!