Friday, February 15, 2019

Travel Zipper Pouch Set pattern

Friday, February 15, 2019

Last year I sewed up a set of pouches that I could use when traveling. I shared pictures of them as part of the Vintage Adventure blog tour, but didn't have a pattern to share at the time. After many requests and finally setting aside the time, I'm happy to report that I finally have the pattern and sewing instructions for this set of zipper pouches that nest, have vinyl coated fabric for the bottom and the lining and are perfect for travel or organizing your life around your house. *the Extra tall pouch has the same dimensions as the toiletry pouch, just taller so it doesn't nest with the toiletry pouch

 I will be sharing the cutting directions for 4 different pouches: the Extra Tall Pouch (finishes at: 8 1/2" wide by 9 1/2" tall and 3" deep), the Toiletry Pouch (8 1/2" X 7" also 3" deep), the Make Up pouch (7 1/2" X 5 1/2" and 2" deep) and the Mini (3" X 2 1/2" and 1 1/2" deep).
I first posted the make up pouch tutorial over on The Polkadot chair blog, and the assembly for the three large pouch sizes are the same, so I will be re-using some of the pictures from that first post using different fabrics. The cutting directions for all the different sized pouches will be shown below. *READ ALL DIRECTIONS BEFORE BEGINNING

Travel Pouch set with vinyl coated fabric
  • fabric- I am using three different prints, but you really only need 2. The pictures will be going back and forth between: Guinevere by Citrus and Mint and Simple Goodness by Tasha Noel both for Riley Blake Designs. The lining fabric I am using in the travel set is laminated cotton by Riley Blake Designs, but if you want to use coordinating fabric from the line you are sewing with, just follow the directions to laminate that fabric as well. 
    • You will need 1/4 yard of each print, unless you are making the Extra Tall Pouch, then you will need at least 1/3 yard of the fabric for the lining.*note: if your print is directional, you may need 2/3 yard
  • For the Extra Tall or toiletry pouch you will need at least a 14" zipper,
    at least a 10" zipper for the Make Up pouch and at least a 6" zipper for the mini
  • fusible fleece 
  • Iron on Vinyl if you don't have already laminated fabric. *affiliate link* I use heat n bond from ThermOWeb
  • d-rings if you would like a way to attach a wrist strap
  • sewing supplies

Note: Although the fabrics vary from step to step as I bounce between new and old pictures, You will follow all the steps shown, regardless of the fabrics in the photo.

cutting directions for MINI pouch will be found after the three larger pouches

* I am including the steps needed if you are doing the iron on vinyl.

main exterior fabric, cut 2 pieces: 
  • Extra Tall Pouch: 6 1/2" X 12"
  • Toiletry Pouch: 5 1/2" X 12"
  • Make up Pouch: 4 1/2" X 10"
exterior accent fabric cut 1 piece:
  • Tall: 10 1/2" X 12 1/2"
  • Toiletry: 8 1/2" X 12 1/2"
  • Make up: 7" X 11"
lining fabric if using laminated cotton, cut 2:
  • Tall 11" X 12"
  • Toiletry: 9" X 12"
  • Make up: 7" X 10"  
Lining fabric if laminating your own fabric, cut 1:
  • Tall: 23 1/2" X 12 1/2"
  • Toiletry: 18 1/2" X 12 1/2"
  • Make Up: 15" X 10 1/2"
For any size pouch you will also need from accent fabric:
  • 1 piece 2" X 3"
  • 1 piece 1 3/4" X 3"
For the Tall and Toiletry bags, if interior pocket is desired:
  • cut 2- 4 1/2" X 8"
from Iron On Vinyl:
  • Tall: 10 1/4" X 12 1/4" (for exterior); 23 1/4" X 12 1/4" (if needed for lining)
  • Toiletry: 8 1/4" X 12 1/4" (exterior); 18 1/4" X 12 1/4" (if needed for lining)
  • Make up: 6 1/2" X 10 1/2" (exterior); 14 1/2" X 10 1/2" (if needed for lining)
from fusible fleece, cut 2:
  • Tall: 10 1/2" X 11 1/2"
  • Toiletry: 8 1/2" X 11 1/2"
  • Make Up: 6 1/2" X 9 1/2"

Follow manufacturers instructions to adhere the vinyl coating to the associated pieces. DO NOT discard the paper backing. Then cut the following:

exterior accent fabric:
  • Tall: 5" X 12"
  • Toiletry: 4" X 12"
  • Make Up: 3" X 10"
lining fabric: Cut down to the measurements for laminated lining listed above.

For the Mini Pouch:
  • exterior fabric and lining: cut 2- 4" X 5" pieces from each
  • fusible fleece: cut 2- 3 1/2" X 4 1/2" pieces
  • accent fabric: 1 3/4" X 3"
Fuse fleece to the exterior fabric pieces and then follow the assembly directions beginning at the step the zipper is attached.
All seam allowances are 1/4" unless noted otherwise

  • Line up the top of the exterior bottom accent piece with the bottom of the Main exterior piece. *TIP: coated fabrics do not heal from pin holes as easily as regular cotton fabrics do, so I recommend pinning within the seam allowance, or using binding clips to hold pieces together. 
  •  Sew together. Press the accent fabric away from the main fabric. *TIP: DO NOT touch your iron to the coated fabrics. Use either the paper backing from the IOV or a press cloth to cover any coated fabrics when at the iron.
**If you are having trouble feeding your coated fabrics through your sewing machine here are a couple of tips for you: increase the stitch length on your machine. Use a walking foot or teflon foot- if you don't want to purchase a new foot, try covering the bottom of your presser foot with matte clear tape. Use a pin or sharp scissors to cut open the hole where the needle goes through. Coated fabrics seem to stretch a bit more than regular cotton as well, so try to not have your coated fabrics on the bottom when feeding them in your machine if possible. 

  • Fuse the fleece to the back of both exterior pieces.
  • Top stitch along the seam between the main and accent fabrics.
  • For the Tall or Toiletry pouch Pocket: place pieces right sides together
  • Sew around all 4 sides, leaving an opening for turning on the bottom long edge.
  • Clip all four corners and turn right side out
  • Press well and top stitch across the top of the pocket piece.
  •  Center the pocket 2" down from the top of one of the lining pieces. 
  • Sew around the two short sides and the bottom, back stitch at the beginning and end of your sewing. Make sure to close the opening left for turning in the bottom.
  • If desired, divide the pocket with rows of stitching. I typically put a divider line 3" from the left side of the pocket.
 Begin MINI pouch assembly here
  • Take your zipper and line it up, right side down, with the top of the front exterior piece. It's easier to do this if the zipper is fully opened. 
  • At the free end of the zipper, (the left side) fold up the zipper tape outside of the metal stop so it is perpendicular to the zipper, pin in place. 
  • On the right side of the zipper, measure 1" from the end of exterior of the pouch and pin the zipper in place there.
  • Place your lining, right side down, and line up all three pieces: the exterior, zipper and lining. Sew along this edge until you reach the pin 1" from the edge of the fabric. *you may choose to use a zipper foot at this point, but I usually don't.
  • With the needle in the down position, lift up the presser foot.
  • Pull the loose end of the zipper away from the line you are stitching toward the inside of the fabrics you are sewing. 
  • Put the presser foot down and sew the fabrics together, keeping the zipper out of the seam.
  • Press both pieces of fabric away from the zipper.

Attach the fabrics to the second side of the zipper in the same manner as the first side. Just make sure the metal tabs on the loose ends of the zipper line up. I line up the sides of the exterior pieces and then make sure the zipper is positioned so the metal tabs line up before I begin pinning the zipper down. Again, press the fabrics away from the zipper.
  •  Take your two small 3" long pieces to the ironing board. 
  • Press in half along the 3" length.
  • Open up this crease and bring the raw edges into the middle to meet at the crease, press.
  • fold up the original crease to enclose the raw edges.
  • For the D-ring strap: ON the 2" piece: sew along both 2" edges using an edge stitch
  • For the zipper tab: *note: the MINI ONLY has a Zipper tab!!  
    • ON the 1 3/4" piece, reverse the center fold to put the two raw edges on the outside. 
    • Sew up both short sides using a 1/4" seam allowance. 
    • Clip the bottom corners (the ones by the center fold)
    • turn right side out and press.
  • Place your pouch with the exterior facing up. 
  • Close the zipper about 1/4 of the way.
  •  Fold the lining of the front piece up and away from the exterior front piece. Pin the loose end of the zipper against the front piece to keep it from getting caught in the seams while assembling. 
  • Take the 2" piece from the previous step (d-ring strap) and fold it around the d-ring. Pin in place 1" down from the zipper on the side opposite the free end of the zipper.
  • Fold down the back exterior piece and begin lining up the edges. Make sure the seam allowances from the zipper are pinned toward the lining.
  • Sew around all 4 edges, leaving an opening in the bottom of the lining for turning.
  • Mark squares on all 4 corners- for the Tall Pouch and Toiletry pouch the squares will be 1 1/2", Make Up pouch- 1" and the MINI 3/4".
  •  Cut out the squares.
  •  Pull out the edges of the corners and line up the seams to create a straight line. 
  • Sew along this line with 1/4" seam allowance to box the corners. Be sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of each corner.
  • Turn the pouch right side out through the opening in the lining. *remove the pin holding the free end of the zipper first!- you'll thank me!
  •  Fold under the seam allowances of the opening and sew them shut with an edge stitch.
  • Push the lining to the inside of the bag. Press fabric away from the zipper again. Top stitch around the top of the bag.
  • Trim the loose end of the zipper so it is just over 1" away from the edge of the pouch. 
  • Slide the tab made from the 1 3/4" piece of fabric over the end of the zipper. I put the zipper on top of the seam allowance. 
  • Sew around all 4 sides of the tab.
Do one final press of the pouch. If you want to make a wrist strap for your pouch, you can find the tutorial on my blog here.
The Extra Tall pouch is fantastic to carry embroidery- holding up to an 8" hoop!

I hope you enjoy these patterns, this one is crazy long and convoluted. I'm so sorry about that. I didn't want you to have to chase all over the internet for the different pouches, but that may have been easier! ;) If you find any errors, please let me know! I will correct them immediately!

Pouches and keychains in Simple Goodness Fabric

This post is part of the Simple Goodness blog tour. The fabric for this project was provided by Riley Blake designs but the project and opinions are my own.

I have come to the conclusion that navy and I are BFF's. And any fabric line that includes navy, is going to find it's way up to the top of my list. This Simple Goodness fabric is no exception, the blush pinks, red and turquoise are wonderful accents to my favorite rich navy.

I decided to sew up a bunch of pouches to show off some of these beautiful prints. Last year I made a similar set with some Vintage Adventure fabric and have been meaning to make them again so I could offer the pattern. I'm happy to report that I was successful and the pattern is now available on my blog.

The pouches have a lining and bottom made with laminated cotton which makes wiping them up a breeze. The three different sizes also nest inside each other making them super useful for storing when not being used. The large pouch is generously sized to hold all of your travel necessities from contact solution to shampoo. The medium pouch is a perfect make-up pouch and the mini works wonderfully to hold elastics and clips. (one note- because of the construction to allow it to open wider, the end is not completely sealed and if you have bobby pins inside, they might fall out- I speak from experience :) )

I also couldn't resist using some of the left over scraps to create a few key chains/wrist straps. I love having a bunch on hand to use as gifts when needed.

The extra tall version of the large pouch makes a wonderful embroidery organizer. I used mine all last football season, to hold my projects on the go so I could stitch during the pre-game warm-ups. Again, the vinyl coating on the bottom came in super handy when setting it down on those super dingy stadium bleachers.

The only thing I was missing in my first version, was a place to store my scissors and floss, so I added a pocket to the inside so I didn't have to fish all the way to the bottom of this gigantic pouch. It's so tall, it will hold an 8" embroidery hoop!

Simple goodness is a darling fabric line and I can't wait to sew up some more darling projects soon!


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Mermaid and Unicorn banner with the EasyPress 2

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

This post also contains affiliate links- meaning, if you click on a link and make a purchase I may receive a small amount of compensation at no additional cost to you. 

I have a six year old who is super in love with unicorns and mermaids- Most six year olds are, right? When I was challenged to create a project using Cricut Iron-on material and the EasyPress 2, I thought it would be fun to make her a new set of decor pieces to go in her room. I searched Pinterest and was inspired by this fun quote- "Swim with Mermaids, Ride Unicorns, Dance with Fairies, Chase Rainbows." Last week I shared my opinions on the EasyPress 2 and this week I get to share with you a project where the EasyPress 2 and all the different Iron on materials available through Cricut shine.

This project uses pink and gold glitter iron on, purple foil iron-on, and black and teal
Every day iron-on. You could definitely use fewer colors/ styles of iron-on, but why? ;)
We are also going to walk through sewing your own banner, but if you want to use a premade one, absolutely feel free- you may just need to adjust the size of the fonts to fit your chosen banner.
  • iron-on- glitter, foil and every day OR style and colors of your choice
  • fabric for banner (1/2 yard) or premade banner
  • optional: interfacing for banner
  • dowel for holding banner- 14" or so
  • Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore (if only cutting out the Iron on vinyl)
  • EasyPress 2 or other heat source for adhering Iron on

The Design Space file has the pieces for this banner, but if you don't have a Maker, you can still do this project, you will just need to cut your own fabric by hand. Begin by cutting two rectangles 11 1/2" X 17" (if you are cutting the fabric on the maker cut the fabric to 12" X 17 1/2"). I like to add light fusible interfacing to one piece of the banner fabric to add some weight and stability to the banner, but it's not necessary (fuse before cutting the point on the banner). Fold the banner pieces in half to create a piece that is 17" tall and 5 3/4" wide. Cut a diagonal line from the center folded corner, to a point 4 1/4" up from the other corner.
Cut out all your Iron On using your Cricut machine. Make sure to mirror all of the text.

Sewing the banner:
  • place the banner pieces right sides together
  • Place a pin 1" down from the top on both long sides (the red pins in the photo)
  • Mark an opening of 3-4 inches on one of the long sides (the yellow butterfly pins)
  • Sew across the top of the banner using a 1/4" seam allowance (back stitch when starting and stopping)
  • Start at one of the red pins and begin sewing around the banner. Again back stitch when starting and stopping and use a 1/4" seam allowance. When you get to the pins marking the opening for turning, stop stitching and back stitch, then resume stitching at the other side of the opening until you reach the final pin.
  • Clip the seam allowance at each of the corners.
  • Turn the banner right side out and push out the seams.
  • Press well, making sure to turn under the seam allowance of the opening where the banner was turned right side out.
  • Sew a line across the top of the banner 3/4" down from the top seam (this should be at the bottom of the opening that was left when you started sewing at the red pin, it will create the channel for holding the dowel) when you reach the end of the top seam, sew around the rest of the banner with a top stitch (a stitch close to the edge of the fabric) until you reach the beginning of your stitching. This will give your banner a finished look as well as close the opening we left for turning.
 Once your banner is sewn, fold in half to find the center and lightly crease. This will help you lay out your quote.

Position all your vinyl and arrange it how you like it. I cut away as much of the carrier sheet on each separate piece as I could so I could just adhere all the vinyl at once.

Set up your banner on your EasyPress mat or whatever surface you are working on- making sure it's protected from the heat with a towel or other mat.
Position all of your vinyl where you want it. I found it helpful to press additional creases into the banner to give me guide lines to place the words, but you can also use a heat or water soluble ink to mark the lines, or just use a ruler and tack your vinyl in place as you go.

Once all your vinyl is placed, use your EasyPress 2 to adhere all of the vinyl. I used the setting for the glitter vinyl because it required the highest temperature for the longest time and I wanted to make sure all of the vinyl was properly attached. This project would be a perfect time to use the largest size of EasyPress 2, but since I didn't have one, I just made sure to slightly overlap the areas I was attaching as I worked my way down the banner.
All that is left is to remove the carrier sheets and embellish your banner. Make sure to check the different types of iron on to see if they are warm or cool peel- meaning if the carrier sheet should be removed while the iron on is still warm or if it needs to be cooled off. The foil Iron on was the only one that required a cool peel, so I made sure to wait before removing that carrier sheet.
I just LOVE all the different textures on this banner. The sparkle from the glitter and the shine of the foil add so much magic to this fun decor piece. My daughters all love it which is what really matters.
Have fun and as always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!
For more Project inspiration:
 These fabric carrots can be cut by hand, OR with your Cricut Maker
 This holiday room makeover.
Or Valentine projects you can make.
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