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Cute zipper pouch tutorial

And I’m back! I’ll post up some of the things I made in January soon- maybe once I have my Instagram account up and running. I thought I’d bring in February with a tutorial post!

 
I’ve put this up on my Etsy to buy if you don’t want to make it yourself, but it’s pretty simple! 

All you need is:

  • Outer fabric 15 inches x 11 inches
  • Lining fabric 15 inches x 11 inches
  • Zip at least 12 inches long

Your first step is to fold your fabric. You start by folding the outer fabric in half, wrong sides together, and then measure an inch and a half from the fold. You fold both sides, right sides together this time, leaving the little fold-dip at the bottom.

Stitch down the two sides and repeat the folding and stitching with your lining, leaving a hole in the side fot turning. make sure you leave half an inch unstitched at the top to sew on the zip.

Sew on your zip! Make sure to go over the ends of the zip and open it up before you sew it all up.

Turn through the hole and stitch the hole up!

And tada. One cute zipper pouch with a flat bottom.

Hope you enjoyed!

Kx

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Allsorts Bag Tutorial

Hi guys! It’s been a long time since I last updated this blog, but hopefully over the next couple of months that’s going to change and there’s going to be at least one update a week from me- if not more. The Etsy store should be back up and running by the end of June.

I decided to kick off my return with a tutorial! I made this for my mum as a replacement for her old purse, something I made quite a long time ago. It’s old, discoloured and lumpy- and it’s time for a new one!

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Obviously you don’t need to use the same pattern of fabric that I have- any will work!

The new bag has a zip at the top, a simple cord strap, and two pockets on the outside of the main zipped pocket. It’s fairly small, but big enough to fit cards and cash- and, as my mum will probably be doing, a fair number of tissues, pens, and random scraps of paper.

You will need:

  • A sewing machine (you can hand stitch this but it will take much longer)
  • At least a FQ of your outer fabric
  • A FQ of you corresponding lining fabric
  • Corresponding thread
  • A zip (6 inches)
  • Cord for your strap (length/necessity depends on you!)

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This only took me a little less than an hour to make.

Instructions

  • Cut your fabric! There’s no complex pattern here- from your (patterned) outer fabric, you need four (4) rectangles of 5 inches x 6 inches and from your lining fabric you need two (2) rectangles of the same- 5 inches x 6 inches.
  • Prepare your outside pockets. Fold the fabric on the thinner edge over 1.5 inches, and pin it in place. Stitch along the top of the fold.

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  • Put the pockets to one side. Now comes the zip bit!
  • Make a ‘zip sandwich’; putting the zip face down against the right side (bright, outer side) of the outer fabric, along the shorter edge. Put the lining right side down on top and pin it in place. I hope the picture makes sense! Once that’s done, sew along the top, making sure you catch all three layers.
  • Turn the two layers of fabric right-side-out and top stitch close to the edge.

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  • This makes the finished project a little neater and makes it last longer, but it’s not integral to the bag.
  • Do the same with the other side- make a zip sandwich, stitch, turn and topstitch.

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  • You’ll be left with something that looks like this.
  • Now comes the tricky bit. First, you want to unzip the zip a little and stitch across the teeth to keep it close together, roughly at the edge of your fabric. This does two things- it stops your zip falling off, and it means you can open your zip without worrying about one side of your bag not being held together.
  • After that, you want to insert your cord if you’re using it. About where you stitch across the zip is where you want one end of the cord to go- about an inch hanging out the side. Do the same on the other side of the zip, once again leaving about an inch.20160601_213228
  • Get your pockets ready, as this is where they come in.
  • Lay the pockets down either side of the zip. You want them face up, on top of the rest of the outer fabric which is also face up.

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  • Make sure your zip is about 2/3rds open. Fold your outer pieces together, and your lining pieces together, while making sure the outer pockets stay in place. Pin it together, and stitch it around started from the bottom of the lining. Make sure you leave about 2-3 inches at the bottom to turn through.

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  • Once it’s all stitched, you can turn it the right way round. Hand stitch the hole you turned through closed, and your bag should be finished!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Please comment with your makes!

kaiix

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Scrappy quilts!

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Hey all! Sorry for the long silence, coming home has been a little frantic. I’ve been working on a lot of things lately and I’ll post an update on Friday with pictures of everything I’ve made, but for today just a quick hi and lookit my new quilt pattern. Scrappy squares! Should end up pretty, fingers crossed.

I’ve been getting to grips with the sewing machine which has been going very well, and I’ll post a tutorial on Wednesday.

Thanks for reading!

Kaix

 

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LARP on the mind…

Hey all. The last couple of days have been a little slow, but I’ve been focusing on LARP related things.

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This is my new baby, a one-handed sword. The shape is a little annoying to make a sheath for, but I will hopefully figure something out. 

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I also got some throwing knives, which I had to make a sheath for. It’s a fairly simple design, but it works really well and I’m really happy with it. It’s got room for four knives, and two belt loops at the back.

I’m getting ready to go back to Wolverhampton on Sunday, and I’ll have more of an update then. I’ve got a craft fair planned for the 5th of July, which I’m working towards. I have to make a lot more plushies and pencil cases, but I think I’m safe on the bag front…

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Anyway, I’ll be back on Sunday.

Kaiix

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hexagonal drawstring pouch tutorial

Hey all! I’ve have a nice productive few days since the last post, organising my makes in an attempt to get ready for a summer full of craft fairs and events. I have an awful lot of bags and not nearly enough plushies, so the next few posts will probably be creature mad!

 

I also came up with a new tutorial for a drawstring pouch- with a twist.

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This pouch involves a little more stitching than a simple pouch, but it looks a lot cooler. It’s not much more complicated. 

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Materials Needed:

  • Two or more corresponding fabrics- for the larger one in the pictures above, I only used two. For the one in this tutorial, I used seven different ones for the outside and a plain white lining fabric.
  • Corresponding thread
  • Ribbon, string, or rope.
  • Embroidery thread
  • A hexagon template, sides at least 2.5 inches across.

Cutting Instructions:

  • Hexagons- one in the lining fabric and one in the outer fabric.
  • 12x strips of fabric,six in the outer fabric and six in the lining. You need to measure the sides of your hexagon and make the strips half an inch wider. For this pouch, I used seven different colours for the outside and white for the lining, and they were 3 inches by 8 inches.

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Instructions: (all sewing is with a 1/4 inch seam allowance)

  1. Start by pinning all the pieces together. First, pin the short sides to the hexagon, then pin the long sides together.

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    2. Stitch around the hexagon, then up each of the sides. 

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    3. Repeat this for the lining fabric, leaving a hole for turning in the centre of one of the sides.

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    4. Cut two reasonably sized slits in two opposite sides of your outer fabrics. Embroider like you would a buttonhole, as these are going to be the holes your ribbon, string or rope goes through.

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    5. Now, it’s time to construct the pouch itself. Turn the lining inside out, and put it inside the outer layer, right sides touching. Stitch around the top and turn through the hole you left and then stitch up the hole.

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    6. You basically have it now, but for added strength stitch around the very top of the pouch, and about a quarter of an inch under the holes you made. Once you’ve done this, thread the ribbon through the holes using a safety pin.Image

 

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    7. And there you have it! One hexagonal pouch.

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Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! Send me pictures of the pouches you make on my Facebook page, here. I’ll be back on Friday with another update.

Kaiix

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home sweet home

So, my new place is all clean, tidy, and ready to be taken over completely with sewing! I’ve already made a unicorn purse, nice, quick and easy.

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I also made a cutesy book cover, with reverse and normal applique. I just ordered some extra bondaweb, so I’ll be doing plenty of applique over the coming weeks!

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And here’s my room as it is at the moment. I absolutely adore it, especially the double bed and all the surfaces for my supplies to go! It’s not totally tidy yet- if you can’t tell- but I have discovered how hard moving is…

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My desk setup. For once I can actually use it as a desk, because I finally have a dresser the right size for my cutting board!

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I have way too many books, but I do have a lovely ‘bookshelf’ in my windowsill. It faces out onto the road, but even though it’s the highstreet it’s usually quiet. Living in a small town has its perks.

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And there’s my beautiful bed. So comfortable and big… I get to stretch out so much! It’s definitely an improvement on my dorm room.

That’s all for now. I’ll be back with a tutorial on Wednesday! Comment or message me if there’s anything in particular you want to see how to make.

Kaiix

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Invasion of the Unicorns! (Unicorn Pillow Tutorial)

Sorry this is late! I’ve been moving and I’m just about settled in my new place.

So, as I mentioned in my last post, I’ve gone a little unicorn mad. As friends of mine know- as pretty much anyone who’s read this blog, my tumblr or Facebook know- I love fantasy, and unicorns come second only to dragons to me.

As I showed in my last post, I made a unicorn plushie. I decided to take this design and make a larger version, to be used as a pillow. It’s a fairly simple construction, using fleece and scraps of felt. Scroll down for the tutorial!

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Now, here’s the tutorial!

You will need:

  • paper (for template)
  • fleece (white, or other pastel colour)
  • felt or fleece (scraps, lots of bright colours)
  • Corresponding thread
  • Needles
  • Toy stuffing

Instructions:

  • Make your template for the unicorn. I used two sheets of A3 paper taped together, so unfortunately I can’t scan it properly, but the shapes are fairly easy to make.

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  •  Cut out your pieces. You need two pieces for the body, two for the horn (round edged triangles), two for the ears (pointed ovals) and several pieces for the mane (curved triangles). If you want to give your unicorn a tail, you need a thin piece of fleece and two flame shaped pieces for the end of the tail. Mine doesn’t have a tail.

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  • Now stitch the horn together and stuff lightly. Pin in place on the body part.

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  • Place the mane sections in place and start stitching round the body, leaving a hole for turning and stuffing.

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  • Now turn and stuff!

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  • When you’re done stuffing the pillow, stitch the hole shut and there you have your unicorn pillow. If you want to give your unicorn ears, stitch them on now.

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Finally, I want to give a shoot-out to my friend Elena. She’s an incredible seamstress who does things with clothes I can’t even imagine being able to do after decades of study. She’s got a new etsy shop here, and you should check out her blog here.

Thanks for reading and I hope you like the unicorns. I’ll have them on my etsy when I’ve made enough.

Kaii x