Monday, November 30, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
nephew before starting a project for him or her, but I will likely make another baby quilt. I am so excited. I cannot wait to find out.
So, keeping checking back. I will be posting pictures of the finished products and reviews of the patterns I use.
This tutorial will teach you how to make a wine bag with a lining. If you are short on time, you can always skip the lining. The bag will still look great without it. This bag makes a fun, unique, and reusable gift. Please note that this wine bag will fit an average bottle of wine. You may have to adjust the dimensions if you have an unusually sized bottle.
(a) A quarter yard of fabric for the outside of the bag and a quarter yard for the lining.
(c) Beads, buttons, sequins, or anything else you want to use to decorate your bag.
(ii) One 3.75” x 3.75” piece
(i) take the bottom of the bag and place a mark on all four corning in ¼” in from each edge.
(ii) you can pin the bottom of the bag to the rest the bag, if this will help you
(c) Repeat step 4(a) and 4(b) using the lining fabric. Your finished lining should be sewn together exactly like your outside fabric.
(e) Once inserted, using a ¼” seam allowance, sew the lining and outside fabric together at the top. However, MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE A 1½” OPENING. Pull the outside fabric through the opening and stuff the lining inside the bag.
(f) Finally, edge stitch along the entire top of the bag to close the opening and to give the bag a nice finished look.
(b) In addition to using ribbon, you can decorate the bag using beads, sequins, buttons, or rick-rack. Be creative and have fun with it.
(c) Another idea is to use piping. Just attach the piping when you are sewing the bag together.
(b) Other sizes of bags. If you have a bigger wine bottle, just adjust the width of all of your pieces. Just make sure that you add the same amount to each piece so that they match up.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I finished my Advent Calendar Quilt in more than enough time. This was my first attempt at free motion quilting. Boy, it was difficult. Some of my stitching is uneven, but you can't really tell unless you are really close. I'm sure I will get better with some practice though.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The fabric is available from several sources:
Fat Quarter Shop
Be Sew Happy
You better start now if you are going to make this in time!
1. Sewing the Purse
DO NOT SEW IN THE LINING FABRIC AT THIS POINT. THE LINING WILL BE ADDED LATER.
(a) Now, you will sew everything together. Place the right side of the outside fabric together and put the sew-in interfacing on the outsides. Sew the bag together starting at one of the hinge markings and finishing at the other hinge marking. Next, take the corner of your bag and flattenit. This will form a triangle. Make a measurement from the tip of the triangle. The length of this measurement will depend on how wide you want the bottom of you bag to be. Mark this measurement and sew along the marked line and trim seam. Do this on this other side of the bag. Sew the lining of the bag using these same methods. However, leave a large opening in the bottom of the lining. The opening will be used to pull the outside of the bag through once the outside and the lining are sewn together.
(b) Place the outside of the bag inside the lining so that the right sides of both bags are facing each other. Sew the outside of the purse to the lining at the top on each side. Then pull the outside of the purse right side out through the little opening that you left in the bottom of the lining. Then sew up the opening in the lining.
(c) Tuck the lining into the bag and iron as needed.
2. Gluing the Frame to the Purse
(a) This part can be a bit tricky. You want to use enough glue so that the frame will stay in place, but you don’t want to use so much that it squeezes out of the frame and gets all over your fabric (and you can’t get it off).
(c) Wait another 30 minutes and clean up any glue that got on your frame by gently scratching it with something (my finger nails work great).
(d) Let the purse dry overnight before using it.
Now you are done. Enjoy your purse!
* For questions and comments, contact me at KassiOh1@gmail.com.
This tutorial will show you how to make a frame purse. You typically cannot buy patterns for frame purses because there are so many different frames available and it would be difficult to find a pattern that actually fit your frame. Thus, in order to make a frame purse, you must make your own pattern (which is actually pretty easy). This tutorial will cover the following:
(a) Where to purchase frames.
(b) Fabric selection.
(c) How to construct a pattern for your frame.
(d) Sewing the purse and attaching it to the frame.
(a) Paper for your pattern.
(b) Pencil or sharpie pen.
(d) ½ yard of fabric for the outside of the purse.
(e) ½ yard of fabric for the lining of the purse.
(f) ½ yard of strong sew-in interfacing.
(g) Strong fabric glue.
(h) Coordinating thread.
3. Where to Purchase Frames.
Unfortunately, I have not found any of these purse frames at my local fabric stores. However, frames can be purchased online at several locations:
(b) http://stores.mikkiehk.com/StoreFront.bok (this is where I purchased mine – great selection and price!)
4. Fabric Selection
The fabric for the outside of your frame purse can be almost any type. You can even choose a more thin or flimsy fabric because we will be using interfacing to make the bag stronger.
5. Making the Pattern
(a) Take a piece of paper and lay your frame in the middle. Outline the outside (not the inside) of the frame. Make marks at the bottom of the hinges.
(b) Next, draw the pattern around the frame. This is where you can get creative. I chose to make a smaller, squarish bag, but if you want a more rounded and puffy bag, you can draft your pattern this way. Also, I included a ½ inch seam allowance. Keep that in mind when drafting your pattern.
(c) You now have to mark on your patter where the hinges will go. This is really important. If you get this part wrong your frame will not fit on your bag properly. Put the top corner of your purse frame onto the top corner of your pattern so that you have lined it up with the sides of your pattern. Then measure ½ inch (or whatever seam allowance you have chosen) from the frame hinge. Now you can cut your pattern out.
(d) Using the pattern that you just drafted, you will cut 2 pieces of:
(i) The outside fabric.
(ii) The lining fabric.
(iii) The fusible interfacing (iron this onto the wrong side of the outside fabric).
(iv) The heavy sew-in interfacing.