Sunday, June 30, 2013

Feed Bag Clutch

With the leftover bag material, I made this lined clutch with a zipper.  I followed a tutorial that uses the sandwich method for putting it together.  I then added a flower embellishment made by taking a length of material that has been ripped on at least one long side, sewing a basting stitch on and  leaving the ripped side to the outside then pull the thread to gather it and stitch together.  Then I added a button to the middle and sewed the whole thing onto the clutch.  I added a bit of ribbon to the zipper pull too.
Here is the inside, oops, a bit blurry, but you  get it!

Feed Bag Tote

I whipped this up in under an hour.  These bags are great to recycle and make very strong tote bags.  I ripped a long piece of coordinating fabric about 6 inches wide, ironed and starched it, folded it in half (wst) and ironed it then fold in each side to the fold and iron.  Pin onto the top.  Make some handles the same way but stitch each long side.  Place the handles under the top piece and pin in place at the bottom.  Pin them facing down towards the inside of the bag.  Fold them up and pin to the top of the top piece.  Sew all the way around the top and the bottom of the piece.  add some embellishments if you like.

Here is how I finished the inside.  Just sew the bottom closed (rst) and fold over twice  then stitch down.  Then box the corners.  I sewed mine across about 6 inches. 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Western Show Shirt Tutorial Part I

Okay.  I am finally getting around to posting this.  I hope that this tutorial will help some of you make your own show shirt and save yourself a bunch of mula!
You will need a pattern such as Suitability #3820.
Then select some stretchy, lycra type material for the body of the shirt and a satin type material for the collar, facing, and cuffs.  You will also need a separating zipper, thread to match and any embellishments you may need.
Cut out the pattern, lay it out on the fabric and cut out according to the pattern except for the facing which I cut out larger on the sides so that it shows on each side of the zipper.
Cut out iron on interfacing for the cuffs, collar, and facings.  Cut the corners of the interfacing off so that the corners will be crisp on both the collar and the cuffs.
When ironing on the interfacing, use a press cloth over the fabric so that the interfacing a.). doesn't stick to the iron or ironing board. b.) doesn't cause a sheen to your fabric.

The interfacing for the facings should not cover the inside fabric by about 1 inch.  This is so that when you place the zipper in, a bit of the facing will show from the outside acting much like a bit of piping.  The Suitability pattern does not instruct this, but I think it's a nice look and adds more stability to the shirt.
Don't forget to use a press cloth to iron on the interfacing. 

You will also need to stabilize the wrong side of the body of the shirt with a length of interfacing where the zipper will be sewn.  Now you have all the pieces ready to sew.  Part II will be sewing the shirt.  I hope this part has been helpful to you. 

Tea Bag Wallet

I made a bunch of these tea bag wallets and gave them all away except this one.  I should have taken some photos of all of them but here is the one that I kept.  I found the pattern for this here

It's a handy item to take to work or travel.  Next time I will make the loop a bit smaller so that it is a more snug fit on the button.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Comments Anyone?

If you like a posting and it gives you inspiration, please comment.  I am not that techie so I don't know if there is some kind of hindrance to allowing comments because I rarely get one but many people visit this site.  Insight please?