Happy Monday morning everyone!!!!! Our new blog layout is up, there were no catastrophic picture deletions and we are so grateful for that (oh, the crazy nightmares of bloggers) and this month we are excited to start our “What I Wish I’d Known When I Started Sewing” Series (tomorrow!).
And while we are gearing up for that, we also get to participate in Crazy Little Projects Sew Crazy Monthly Challenge. Amber is hosting a new series about taking on some sewing challenges! And this month is all about learning a new sewing skill. There are several projects to choose from this month….and if you complete one of them and link it up to Amber’s blog, you will be entered in a giveaway for a brand new sewing machine and $100 to spend on new fabric! (Awesome, huh?)
So, what new sewing technique did we choose? Two, actually. ZIPPERS (please don’t be scared) and pintucks, which are both techniques that once you do a couple of times, you will wonder why in the world you were scared of them.
And you will have a darling little zipper pouch to show off when you are done too!
I have really tried to make this tutorial for someone who has never sewn anything—so if that is you—-please give it a whirl. And don’t be alarmed that there are fourteen steps. I just wanted everything to be very clear….
Are you ready to get started? Here are the supplies you will need….
(Some people have had better luck if they cut the zipper tabs 1.5 inches by 2.5 inches….so you have plenty of overhang to get in the seams!)
Step 1: Fold one of your 1x 2 inch main fabric pieces to one end of your zipper.
Step 2: Repeat for the other side (you are going to need to unzip the zipper head a bit to get a good seam here).
Step 3: Taking your front piece, we are now going to add the pintucks. Measure 2 inches from the left hand side and press.
Step 4: Using a 1/4 inch seam, stitch down that pressed fold.
Step 5: Measure one half inch away and repeat 3 more times. *(Note: my bigger middle pleat is 1 inch)
Step 6: Square up your front piece to be 9 inches by 11 inches to match your back. This is what your front should now look like.
Step 7: Take your zipper (right side) and lay it on the front fabric piece. *ALWAYS with Right SIDES TOGETHER!
Step 8: Place your lining fabric piece over the top of your main fabric piece and zipper. (Right sides together). Stitch a 1/4 inch seam with your zipper foot. I like to stop in the middle and move my zipper head down (unzip) so I can get a straighter seam here.
Step 9: Flip your lining to the back of the front piece. This is what your project should look like now….
Step 10: Repeat for the back (the same sandwich—back fabric, zipper, lining on top—all right sides in and together)
Step 11: Now open your zipper up.
Step 12: Putting your main fabric pieces together (right sides) and your lining pieces, stitch around entire perimeter, leaving a 2 inch opening to turn your project.
Step 13: Clip all four corners, then turn your project right side out, poke out corners. Then handstitch (or machine stitch) your opening closed.
Step 14: Push your lining inside your main pouch fabric and you are done!
And once you make one, you will think of a hundred ways to make more. They make great last-minute gifts too….I am know to whip one up about 30 minutes before a Birthday party and then fill them with lots of things for girls of all ages!
I would love to see if you make one, leave us a link in the comments, so I can check them out….