Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Change pouch tutorial

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Hi friends!  I'm so excited to be here today with a fun and fast zipper pouch tutorial.  I'm guest posting today over on Skip To My Lou and sharing some fun ideas using this darling gift tag set made by my amazingly talented friend Gwen from Littler Design.  One of the ideas was to make something for your teacher using fun strawberry fabric- like this fabric from the Strawberry Biscuit line designed by Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics.  (*I was given this fabric to sew with, but the project and love for the fabric is all mine)
These little pouches are perfect for holding gift cards, money, library cards, chap stick or anything small you need to tote around.  I'm thinking I'll use mine to hold my ear buds for when I go to the gym.  They are fast to make up, so you can do a bunch at a time.
Ready?  Here we go:
Zippered Change Pouch Tutorial

  • fabric- you need 3 1/2" X 5" pieces, so you can probably just use scraps
  • fusible fleece- again scraps are great
  • zipper- you need at least a 5" zipper, but longer ones are good too
  • d-ring (optional- but I love the idea of adding a wrist strap so it doesn't get lost)
  • sewing machine and supplies
  •  4- 3 1/2" X 5" pieces of fabric (2 exterior fabric, 2 lining fabric)
  • 1- 3 1/2" X 2 1/2" piece of fabric (accent fabric- for d-ring, if desired)
  • 2- 3" X 4 1/2" pieces of fusible fleece (you can use another interfacing if desired- medium to light weight would be best)

  • Fuse the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the exterior fabric
  •  Prep the fabric for the d-ring- press in half along the long side (folded piece will measure 3 1/2" X 1 1/4")
  • Open up the pressed piece and bring the sides into the fold and press
  •  Fold again with raw sides in the center (piece should measure approx. 3 1/2" X 3/4")
  • Top stitch both sides of the folded strip
  • set aside
  •  Place front exterior piece right side up on your work surface
  • Line the zipper- pull side down- along the top of the piece
  • Place the lining fabric wrong side up with the top edge aligned with the zipper and the sides lined up with the exterior piece
  • Pin in place and sew using a 1/4" seam allowance (you can change to a zipper foot if you like, but I find it isn't really necessary)
  •  Press both the lining and the exterior fabric away from the zipper
  • Top stitch the first side
  •  Place the back exterior piece of fabric right side up on your work surface
  • Line up the zipper with the top edge, making sure the sewn side of the pouch lines up with the sides of your back piece. (I had it peek through a little on this picture so you can see that the back side of the pouch is hiding under there)
  • Place the lining fabric wrong side up on the pile, making sure the sides match up with the other fabrics, and the top is lined up with the zipper
  • Sew using a 1/4" seam allowance, press away from the zipper and top stitch.
  •  If you are adding the d-ring, now is the best time to place it.  I like it to line up on the pull side of the zipper.  
  • Thread your small strip of fabric through the d-ring and fold in half.  
  • Place on the zipper side of the front fabric piece 1 1/2" from the bottom (just a suggestion- you can put it anywhere you want)- the d-ring should be on the fabric and the tails should extend beyond the side of the fabric.
  • Pin in place- just to the exterior piece of fabric!
  •  Bring the two exterior pieces and the two lining pieces right sides together.
  • Line up the bottom edges and pin
  • some notes on this step:
    • 1. Fold the zipper toward the exterior fabric, you'll have to turn the seam allowances, when you get it lined up correctly, pin in place
    • 2. You will need to leave an opening for turning in the bottom of the lining- I like to use two similarly colored pins to help me remember to start and stop here.
    • 3. Make sure you open up the zipper!  And whatever you do- don't cut off this end of the zipper with the pull still on it- while you CAN fix this mistake, it's easier not to make it in the first place.

  • Sew around the whole piece, starting and stopping on the lining- leaving your opening for turning. ( use 1/4" seam allowance)
  • The piece will look like the picture above.
  •  Trim your piece at all the places indicated by the arrows- as well as the tails of your d-ring strap.
  • Turn right side out.
  • Push out the corners of the exterior bottom-use a blunt chopstick or pencil, use your fingers to push the zipper out as much as possible on the top corners of the pouch.
  • Sew the opening in the lining shut
  • Push the lining into the exterior of the pouch.
  • Press your pouch
  • ENJOY!!
These little pouches are addicting and since they use so little fabric, it's easy to make up a whole bunch.
 I'd love to see any you make- and if you'd like to see more of my work, you can always find me on Instagram @Amerooniedesigns.  If sewing these isn't your thing, or you'd rather just buy some- you can find my inventory for sale on my Instagram shop account: @shopamerooniedesigns.

Hope your April is going well!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Twill Ribbon Headbands

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

This post first appeared on the Ribbon Retreat blog.  I was given product to complete the project, but the ideas and opinions are my own.

I love these simple headbands, they require few materials, are easy and quick to assemble and are easy enough, kids can make them.  They would be a fantastic party activity, great for craft camps or just to make on a day when you need something creative and fun to do.

Ready to make one?  Let's do it:


1.  Cut a 12" section of Twill Ribbon.
2. Embellish as desired.  I cut shapes out of felt and stitched them down, I also just added simple embroidery.  You could also take out the sewing by hot gluing the felt shapes if you want.  Other ideas would be adding buttons or gems.
Now to finish the edges.
1. Fold over the end of the twill ribbon 1/4" toward the WRONG side of the ribbon. Press.
2.  Fold over the end of the ribbon another 1/4" to hide the raw end, press.
3. Cut a length of elastic.  For toddlers cut 6", for older children 8", for adults 10".  *note that these are approximate- if you want a more accurate measurement, measure the distance around the back of the wearers head from ear to ear.  Tuck the elastic under the pressed edge with the shiny or RIGHT side facing up. (the wrong side of the elastic should be against the wrong side of the ribbon)

 To finish the headband, fold the elastic away from the ribbon as shown.  Stitch down the end of the ribbon using two rows of stitching as indicated in the picture.  Make sure to back stitch when you start and stop.  Repeat for the other side, and you are done!  Easy, right?  If you want a totally no- sew version, use Fray Check or clear drying glue to seal the cut edge of the ribbon.  Once it's dry use hot glue to attach the elastic to the ends.  Easy, peasy!

My girls definitely enjoy wearing theirs, and I hope you will too!


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Wonderland Tiered Pillowcase Dress

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
 Welcome Friends!  I'm so excited to share with you this fun fabric today- oh, and a cute dress made out of it as well, as part of the blog hop celebrating Wonderland Fabric by Melissa Mortensen for Riley Blake Designs!
 My sweet friend Melissa from the blog Polka Dot Chair is a relatively new designer for Riley Blake Designs, in fact, this is only her second line of fabric- which I'm sure would surprise you when you get a look at how beautiful and fun it is!  Her line of Wonderland fabric is full of bunnies, flowers and get this- sparkle!  The gold in the flowers and on a couple of other fabrics is metallic with the most beautiful sheen!  As soon as I saw it, I knew it would make the perfect Easter dresses for my three littlest girls.  Today I am here to share with you the first of the dresses- this Tiered Pillowcase dress.  It's a pretty simple sew, but has a fancy look and a perfectly twirly flow to it.

It just so happened that Melissa had a similar idea and posted a simple pillowcase dress tutorial yesterday- so if you don't want to deal with the gathering, or if you are looking for different sizing- head over to her blog for more information!

Supplies (size 3/4 T):
  • 1/2 yard dark pink geometric fabric
  • 1/4 yard flower fabric
  • 1/4 yard bunny fabric
  • single fold bias tape
  • ribbon (optional- can also use fabric and turning tool to create straps)
  • sewing supplies (including turning tool if available)
Cutting Instructions:

  1.  Cut two rectangles from the dark pink geometric fabric 14" X 8"
  2.  Cut two strips from the dark pink geometric fabric 4" X 30"
  3.  Cut the flower fabric to 8" X WOF, then cut in half.
  4.  Cut two strips pink bunny fabric 7" X 41"
Sewing Instructions (all seams are 1/2") :

Prep the bodice-
The width of the bodice is 14" and the length is 8"- position the pieces so they are facing you in that direction.  Fold in half so you have one piece that is 7" X 8" and 4 layers thick.  Pin.
1. Mark a rectangle on the top corner that is 5" long and 3" deep- this will create the arm hole, but we don't want it square, so use a round object (I used a lid) to round the corner.
2. Cut out this "J" shaped armhole.
3. Lay out your two bodice pieces and position them so they are on top of each other right sides together.  Sew down the two straight sides.  ** I do not own a serger- if you are lucky enough to own one, surge all the seams as you go- if you, like me aren't so fortunate- a fairly tight and wide zig zag stitch will accomplish the same thing.
4. (I profusely apologize for the lack of pictures for this part- I am not a garment sewer and worried about doing things wrong.  If you aren't sure how to use bias tape- there are many good tutorials online) Use single fold bias tape to finish the arm holes.
5.  Use a zig zag stitch, or serge the two top straight edges.
6. Create a channel to hold the ribbon or sash- On each of your top edges- fold down the fabric 1/4" and press, then fold down another 3/4" and press.  Sew as close to the fold as you can (just shy of 3/4").

Prepare the tiers:
1. Take each of your tier layers and sew the short sides together.
2. Make sure you finish the edges of the seams.
3. On your bottom layer (the bunny fabric) create a hem.  Fold the bottom of the layer up 1/4" and press.  Then fold it up another 1" and press.  Sew down as close to the top of the fold as possible. (sorry about the lack of picture for that)
4. On the top of each layer extend your stitch length as long as you can and sew a stitch all the way around (use a 1/4" s.a.) *Tip- I like to start and stop my gathering stitch at both sides of the layer- it makes it much easier to gather one side at a time if you can pull from both ends of the side.  Also, make sure you leave a length of thread each time you start and stop.

Start with the bottom layer and the middle layer (the bunnies and the dark pink layer) right sides together, with the top of the bunny layer at the bottom of the pink layer, and gather the bunny fabric so it is the same length as the straight edge of the pink layer.  This will take some time and patience- just keep working with it until the gathers are evenly spaced and the fabric is the right length.  **Tip- I find it easiest to pin the two side seams together and then gather the front side of the layer- pin it in place, then work on gathering the back side of the layer.  Once they are ready- sew together (1/2" s.a.) and finish the seam.  Press the bunny layer down with the seam toward the pink layer and top stitch the seam down.  Repeat for each remaining layer, gathering and sewing and finishing the seams with a zig zag stitch and top stitch.
Once you have all the layers sewn in you are finished.  If you want, you can use ribbon to create the "sleeves" to hold the dress on.  I used the bunny fabric to create a tie.  Cut a 2" by WOF strip of fabric and sew the long sides right sides together, turn right side out (I wish I had a turning tool for this) and press.  Finish the ends by tucking under the raw edges and stitch down.  I actually like to top stitch around all four sides of the tie.  Use a safety pin to thread the tie through both the front and back channels.  If you like, you can secure the tie in the dress by sewing a couple of stitches through the channel and tie on the back of the dress.

Now you're ready for egg hunting, Sunday Worship Services and everything else this wonderful holiday brings!

Have a very Happy day!
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