Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Greatest Adventure Summer sling bag

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
The first time I saw this line of fabric, I knew just what I wanted to make with it.  A fun, simple, portable bag that would be loved and used often, but so easy to make I wouldn't feel bad when it got dirty, worn and loved.
This Greatest Adventure fabric just screams summer adventures to me and is available now in retail stores.  And if you want to make a Summer Sling Bag of your own, read on.  This would make a great project for a summer sewing camp or just a fun quick project to whip up.
I'm posting this tutorial as part of The Summer Sewing Series at The Polkadot Chair, you can find all the different projects in the series here.

  • 1/4 yard accent fabric
  • 2 fat quarters, 1 for exterior, 1 for lining
  • Large button (optional)
  • Sewing supplies
Cutting Instructions:

  • from the 1/4 yard cut:
    • 1- 3" strip by Width of Fabric, trim down to 36" long
    • 2- 3 1/2" X 8" pieces 
  • from each fat quarter cut:
    • 2- 8" X 13"

Strap preparation:
 Take the strip of fabric, press in half along the length.  Open up the halves and fold the long edges into the crease.  Fold along the crease again to enclose the raw edges.  Edge stitch along both sides of the strap.

 Sewing Instructions:
*use 1/2" seam allowance unless noted otherwise
  •  Take the first exterior piece, place right side up.
  •  Place one accent piece 3" from the bottom of the exterior piece, right side down.  Make sure the accent piece is upside down (if prints are directional) 
  • Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew the accent piece to the exterior piece

  • Fold down the accent piece and press.
  • Top stitch along the top edge of the accent piece.
  • Repeat for the second exterior piece.
  •  On one exterior piece, line up the two raw edges of the strap 4" down from top.  Baste or pin into place.
  • Place the two exterior pieces right sides together.  Sew around the two sides and bottom. 
  • Place the two lining pieces right sides together.  Sew around the two sides and bottom, leaving an opening in the bottom 3"- 4" wide.
  • Clip the bottom corners of both the exterior and the lining.
  • Turn the exterior of the bag right side out.
  • Slide the exterior of the bag into the lining of the bag.  Line up the side seams and the top edge, make sure the strap is out of the way.
  • Sew around the top of the bag.
  • Turn the bag right side out through the opening in the bottom of the lining.
  • Sew the opening in the bottom of the lining closed.
  • Push the lining into the exterior of the bag.  Fold along the sewn line and press.  Top stitch the bag opening.
  • If you want to, sew a large button onto one side of the opening, this will help it to stay closed a bit better, but isn't really necessary if you prefer to leave it off.

I couldn't resist making a little change pouch to match and a notebook cover as well.  I'm hoping my daughter will use the notebook to record all our adventures we are trying to do this summer.  So far she's loving taking the bag with us on hikes to hold her water and snacks, and the change pouch in the bag as she walks to the neighborhood convenience store to get a treat with her brother and friends.
If you make one, I'd love to see!  What are you sewing this summer?


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Desert Bloom Blog Tour

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
I have always loved Amanda Herring's fabric.  She always seems to choose bright happy colors and such fun delightful prints- it would be hard not to.  But I am lucky to say that she is also a dear friend and she is just as bright, happy and delightful as her fabrics.  When she asked me to participate in her blog tour for Desert Bloom, I was thrilled and of course said YES immediately!
With colors and prints like these, how could you not be thrilled?

I have been working on some new bag patterns and decided to make one up in these gorgeous fabrics.  This bag features Pellon's new (at least to me) fusible foam interfacing which I loved.  I also decided to overcome my unreasonable fear of installing snaps and use them to add some details and function to this bag. 
There are definitely some things to work out with this bag, but overall I am really happy with the shape, size and especially the overall body the interfacing gives this over-the shoulder tote.  I just have one question (well actually, two) How many pockets do you like in your bags?  I tend to add tons of pockets, but this one only has four and I kind of like the simplicity of it.
My last question is, do you already have some Desert Bloom in your stash?  If not, what are you waiting for? ;)

If you want to see more gorgeous projects using this beautiful line, check out the other blogs on the tour through Amanda's blog post.

Thanks for having me Amanda!
Hope you all have a great day!

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!
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