Saturday, February 14, 2015

{PICTURE TUTORIAL} Patchwork Zipper Pouch - Lots of pics!




In this tutorial, I use simple zipper with tab. There are several method on how you install zipper in pouch and bags. I will try to post few mini tutorial on those methods. 

You can also see the tutorial I post it in my FACEBOOK PAGE or in my GOOGLE+ album


FAQ :
1. What interfacing do you use?
Interfacing depends on how you want on the look that you want. It totally depends on you. I love a soft pouches. I normally use fusible interfacing and flannel or fleece batting (that's a substitute for fusible fleece). For a stiffer pouch, I use canvas interfacing. 

2. Batting
As I mentioned, I usually use flannel for quilted pouch or bag. Flannel give a good structure and enough softness. I use fleece or cotton batting for gadget cases. Sometimes, I use foam but I hate working with foam 
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3. How to reduce the bulk?
Always cut your batting 1/2" smaller than the main and lining fabric. If you use a thicker interfacing, cut the interfacing 1/2" less than then main and lining fabric. That will save you lots of headache struggling with the machine. 

4. Ironing is also very important. Iron your interfacing well. I normally set in Cotton and always use DRY setting. Iron your fabric first then attach the interfacing. If you use other than cotton, like silk or cotton mix, do not iron on the fabric. Iron nicely on the interfacing, reduce the heat to (silk/rayon) then iron gently. 

That's as far as I can remember. Ask away if you have more questions. 


*** Please refer to the numbering of each photos ***

Let's start : 
Supplies :
Fabric scraps
Fusible Interfacing
Batting (fleece, cotton or flannel)
Zipper {sorry forgot to include it in the photos)
Embellishment (ribbon, lace, buttons)


Cut the fabrics according to the pics and sew up the strips accordingly


iron flat and sew the green polkadots
Green polkadots: 3" x 9" 
**ironing is very important to get a crisp look **


trim any excess
Please NOTE that you NEED to frequently straightening your panel



Use DRY setting and COTTON setting to fuse the fusible interfacing
First, iron the fabric and then attach the interfacing. 
This is important, cos it's difficult to smoothen wrinkled-interfaced-fabric. 



here I cut the tab 1" x 2" 
Trim the metal stopper of the zipper and cut 8" (1" smaller than the panel)


Sew the tab to both zipper ends


now, decorate your pouch panel
this is the fun part


I did a little quilting with this decorative stitch in my HV
I love my Viking, it has all fancy decorative stitches 


Now ZIPPER time!
Don't be scared ^0^
it's very easy!

Follow the steps in the pic #9 below


remember, ALWAYS use zipper foot! 
you can either baste it first or you can pin and sew


1st zipper done, now the second part
Open the panels as shown in pic #10
(remember, the position of the zipper should be like pic #9)


Bring the zipper to the main panel. Line up the sides properly
 you can pin the middle panel if you want


Now, fold the lining and line it up on top of the zipper


it should look like pic #13
now pin and sew the zipper


once the zipper is installed
pull out and separate the main and lining as shown in pic #13-1


we're almost done! yay

before pinning your panels, make sure that the laces are matched. You don't want as lopsided pouch, right?


and trim the batting 1/4" all around.
This is to reduce the bulk


match the zipper point
the seam facing the lining and pin


Don't forget to OPEN the zipper half way!


Now all sides pinned
trim the zipper tab and start sewing
sew with 1/4" or 3/8" on one side
don't forget to back-stitch on both ends

The other side, leave 2" opening on the LINING side. 
This will be your turning point
Back-stitch on both ends and also the at the opening points.
This is important, cos you don't want your stitch to unravel while you're turning the pouch


now, let's make the square bottom

Method #1 : puff up the corner and pinch evenly and mark 1/2" from the corner


sew the marked line and cut the excess


or you can do 
Method #2
Cut 1/2" square at all corners 


and sew them close.
This is easier cos you tend to get a more even box bottom


So that's done, now turn inside out from the opening
do it gently ! I know it's frustrating but it is DOABLE ^v^


Once done, check the corners, if you're happy with the result, iron your pouch (main and lining)
and sew the opening, either by hand or machine


Yay! you got new pretty patchwork pouch you can flaunt to your friends ^_^





and if sewing machine is not your best friend, you can always visit my SHOP and I'll  be glad to make one ESPECIALLY  for you ^^

I hope you enjoy my tutorial

Happy Weekends & Happy Sewing



Thursday, February 12, 2015

This and that

Remember in my last post I made the test block for the quilt? No..no..I haven't started the quilt yet, instead, I made cushion cover for the swap in Desi Quilter's group. 



I love how it turned out
I really love line quilting, I tried different kind of decorative stitches but this is my favorite


I got a nice grey cotton fabric. It's a man's shirt fabric but hey, if the color match, I'm game, right? :D

 and use this polkadot and floral as backing. This was leftover from my tunic's fabric. 


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And few more finished this week :

Double zipper pouch for my son
he's been asking me to make one for him
so I thought, something that can hold his pencils, crayons, and whats-not that he always takes to school ^_^


  
and while I am at it, I just can't stash back the mickey fabrics. So, I made a mini tote with drawstring closure. It's padded and interfaced. I think it'll be good for my DSLR camera, or maybe use it as lunch bag, or errand bag or diaper bag? well, a girl can never have enough bags, totes, wallets....right?


and the remnants from the passport wallets, I made this cute little zipper pouch


and don't you love those little hearts? 
This definitely will become my favorite


I use fusible interface and thin batting for this wallet and love how it turned out.

So, what are you working on this week?

Until then,
Happy Sewing




Monday, February 2, 2015

Another UFO completed

I need to stock up more mini quilts, I told DH the other day.
I have few mini quilt top ready to quilt but always get distracted by so many other things. Sometimes I wish I had 5 pair of hands :D

Quilted square table runner pinwheel in green and orange rustic country style home decor
I am not feeling too well since Saturday but my mind and hand need to keep doing something. Since I have completed the quilting and attach the binding last Friday, I only need to hand stitch the binding. So, instead of whining away, I put on my my fave drama and sewing away.


you know, not everyday I get  a matching backing fabric and I was ecstatic when I saw this green n orange cotton.


 Well, I've been playing with this pinwheel for awhile {last November or December} and just could not decide the backing. I think the saying it's true "everything happen at it's own time and place" ^_^

It's a good feeling to complete something! 

This mini square table runner is up for sale in my ETSY SHOP and if you want customized quilt I'd be happy to help you. You can email me or check out my Facebook Page.

Meanwhile I am working on another baby quilt order.
 I made this test block yesterday  and I quite liked it.


Hopefully I won't be distracted again..^0^

Until then,

Happy Quilting



Sunday, February 1, 2015

It's February already

 I decided to participate in  Husqvarna Viking India 2015 Quilt competition and I'm currently working on it. It's a slow progress though and no, I can't show my WIP in any online media. Yes, that's part of the rules! And me being an Instagram addict, I can only click pics and saved them in my computer *sigh* 

Wish me luck folks!! I need lots of them ^_*. 


So, how's your January going?
Mine has been quite good. Thought I don't finish any major projects as yet, but slowly I'm trying to empty my UFO bins {I started few months back} and I feel good inside. 

And while I'm watching my fave Kdrama, I made few of this fabric flowers from left over bindings. I love fabric flowers and I have quite few brooches and hair pin. I kept them ready as a gift ^_^. 


I realized that everyone - yes, everyone- love handmade gift! 

 I completed this Family Passport Wallet for my customer's in my Etsy Shop


I went for thread shopping and look what I got!!
3 boxes of thread of total 60 rolls for less than $3 



and speaking of UFO, here's few coasters I made from my orphan blocks!


Finally! the super cute baby Anya with my quilt *feeling proud* 


Oh I can go on about this cutie pie, I keep asking Norah to send me her pics cos she's so adorable
she's an Indian-Chinese baby and she's almost a month old
but she can make all kind of cute expressions!
I wish December come quickly, I really want to hold this newest member of our big Indian family!

Until then,

Happy Sewing