quinta-feira, 13 de setembro de 2012
Reusable shopping bags are everywhere these days. In fact, in many towns and cities, plastic and even paper bags are simply no longer available in the check-out line. I love the sturdy fabric grocery totes you normally come across, and we've made a number of them here at Sew4Home (I've included links below). The only problem with the larger, heavier bags is remembering to bring them with you to the store! Today's final project in our Simply Color series with Vanessa Christenson and Moda Fabrics is a set of foldaway bags in their own carrying case. It's compact enough (just 5" x 7" x 2") to throw in your purse or keep in the car's glove box. But it still holds two generously-sized shopping duffles that will carry an amazing amount of stuff! The carrying case even has a handy front pocket to hold a shopping list, cards, keys and more.
We've loved bringing you our Simply Color series and hope you've enjoyed all the inspiration and information. This is Vanessa's debut collection, but you can expect to see much, much more from this very talented lady as she continues her work with the great folks at Moda.
The entire Simply Color collection is due to hit your favorite online and brick and mortar locations in October, but you may be able to find some of the pre-cut bundles out there already. As we always recommend, check out our Marketplace vendors when you're shopping. They are often among the first places to get the latest fabrics, and... when you support them, you support us! Their sponsorship helps us keep all our great ideas coming to you free of charge.
If you are interested in making other reusable shopping bags, check out these tutorials:
Sewing Tools You Need
- Any Sewing Machine (we recommend the Janome Sewist 500)
- Quarter Inch Seam Foot (optional, but helpful since all the seams are ¼")
- Zipper Foot (optional; helpful for sewing the Velcro® dots in place)
Fabric and Other Supplies
Supplies shown below are for two bags and one carrying case.
- 1 yard of 44-45" wide cotton fabric for Bag 1 exterior and Bag 2 lining; we used Simply Color Metro Leaves & Sprigs in Sweet Tangerine (Moda #10801-16) by Vanessa Christenson for Moda Fabrics
- 1¼ yard of 44-45" wide cotton fabric for Bag 1 lining, Bag 2 exterior and carrying case; we used Simply Color Metro Ikat Diamonds in Mustard (Moda #10806-11) by Vanessa Christenson for Moda FabricsNOTE: Our pattern is sized to also fit Fat Quarters. If you decide to use Fat Quarters, you will need two for each bag lining, two for each bag exterior and one for the carrying case.
- Scrap of sew-on Velco® or ¾" sew-on Velcro® dot
- All purpose thread to match fabric
- See-through ruler
- Fabric pen or pencil
- Iron and ironing board
- Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
- Seam gauge
- Seam ripper
- Straight pins
- Hand sewing needle
- Cut out each of the pattern pieces along the solid lines.
- Butt together the pattern pieces, following the arrows shown on the templates, to make one pattern piece. Do NOT overlap. Tape in place. This creates one half of the pattern, which is designed to be cut on the fold of the fabric.
At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board
Assemble the front and back
- Place one lining piece and one exterior piece right sides together, matching all the raw edges. Pin in place along the outer edge of each handle, starting at the small lower curve and ending at that 2" mark. Pin in place along the inner "U" curve, starting and stopping at the 2" marks.
- Using a ¼" seam allowance, stitch each seam, remembering to stop and lock your stitch at the four 2" marks.
- Clip the curves. Press the seams open.
- Turn right side out and press flat, pressing in the top raw edges so they are flush with sewn seams.
Sew the handles together
- Slip stitch the opening closed.
Side seams, side gussets and bottom French Seam
- Open up the bag and place the front and back right sides together. The sewn handles will be sandwiched in between the layers.
- Pin both sides, matching the middle seams.
- Turn the bag right side out.
- Fold one handle in half toward the center of the bag, lining sides together and matching the top seams.
- Using ¼" seam allowance, sew a short seam between these two points.
- This secures the handle fold and creates the side gusset
- Machine baste or serge the lining and exterior layers together all around the bottom. This will prevent the layers from slipping during the final French seam.
- Turn the bag inside out. Make sure the side gussets are still properly folded and the bag is flat. Pin in place again across the bottom.
Make and place the pocket
- Find the 5" x 7¼" rectangle.
- Fold under both sides and the bottom ½" and press in place.
- Find or cut the ¾" Velcro® dot.
- Find one of the 7½" x 9" rectangles. Place it right side up and flat on your work surface.
- Edgestitch the pocket in place along both sides and across the bottom, pivoting at the corners. Double back-tack at both the beginning and end of the seam to create a good secure lock at the seam's top corner stress points.
Make the tab closure
- Find the 2" x 7" strip. Fold it in half, right sides together, so it is now 1" x 7". Press to set a center crease.
- Re-fold the strip right sides together, sandwiching the Velcro® between the layers. Pin in place across the top end and down the side.
- Turn the strip right side out through the open end. Press flat.
- Find the remaining 7½" x 9" panel. Place it right side up and flat on your work surface.
- Place the bottom end of the tab at the center top of the panel. The tab strip should be placed so the Velcro® dot is facing up and the dot end is pointing down towards the bottom of the bag. Center the tab 3⅜" from each side and 2⅞" down from the top raw edge. Pin in place. Stitch across the end of the tab with a ¼" seam allowance.
Complete the carrying case
- Using a ¼" seam allowance, stitch along both sides and across the bottom, pivoting at the corners. Press the seams open.
- Create a 2" box corner at each side. If you are new to this technique, check our tutorial on boxing the bottom of bags and more.
- Around the top raw edge, make a double turn hem to finish. To do this, fold down the top raw edge ¼" and press all around. Then, turn down an additional ½" and press again. Pin in place. Stitch in place close to inside folded edge. If you are new to hemming, we have a technique to help: Making A Simple Hem.
quarta-feira, 29 de agosto de 2012
I see so much suede at the thrift store….I have a few jackets, a skirt, a few pairs of pants….it’s all outdated and just waiting to be cut up and made into something amazing. Here’s my first suede remake project……an old pair of suede pants and a thrift store belt into a fringe handbag. It was actually a fairly easy project. The key is to not cut the fringe until the handbag is finished. If you can’t find suede at the store you can also check Etsy and Ebay for remnants. You can also use leather or microfiber. Here are the original pants:
And here is the finished bag:
The first thing I did was sketch out a template:
Here’s a sketch of my template. You can enlarge it to be any size to make your own:
I used my cup of coffee as a pattern weight and cut the pattern on the fold……using the existing side seam as my fold:
The two main pieces cut out. You can see that I just cut straight through the pockets and seams and left them for character:
I cut out the bottom of the purse and cut the rest of the pants into long strips to use for the fringe:
I used a marker on the wrong side of the suede to mark out my fringe:
I sewed the first long strip onto the side of the handbag upside down to hide the seam. I used a regular sewing machine and regular thread…..I just stitched at a slow pace with a long stitch so that I wouldn’t break a needle.
Here’s my second strip of fringe:
Then I folded the strips back the other way (I top stitched them to keep them in place but it isn’t shown here):
I attached the bottom of the bag. All of the seams you see are the original seams from the pants:
I sewed the sides shut and then sewed the ends of the bottom of the bag closed to create the “box” effect at the bottom. The blue piece is a heavy piece of canvas I attached with spray adhesive to add some weight to the inside of the bag:
When sewing the sides together I was very careful to match the tops of the fringe pieces. I was also very careful not to sew the fringe into the seam:
This was the most gratifying part….carefully cutting the fringe:
I used my pattern to quickly make an identical basic shape using heavy upholstery fabric…..for the lining of the bag:
I place the lining inside the handbag and attached magnetic hardware (you can pick these up at most craft stores). To attach the two pieces together and finish the bag I simply folded the top edge of the purse down over the fabric and stitched along the edge:
The finished inside:
The strap was easy. I picked up this old belt from the thrift store for 99 cents:
I cut it with scissors to shorten it and then used a hammer and nail to poke holes through so I could easily sew it onto the bag:
I used a heavy upholstery thread to attach my leather handle. Fabric glue helped keep the belt in place for stitching and needle nosed pliers helped pull the needle through.
The finished bag!
Under $20 in materials:
I love the boho look of it…..and the fun chicken fabric inside:
So it’s not a j.j. winters bag……but I made it myself…..