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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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fabric dice tutorial!

Sorry for the long absence- health issues and university busy-ness have sort of put the sewing on hold. But I return with a present- a fabric dice tutorial! This one is for an eight-sided dice.

I used the template from this website for the dice. They’re for paper dice, but the template is basically the same for the layout of your dice. Using one of the triangular templates I got for Christmas- presumably from Hobbycraft- I cut out eight triangles in plain white cotton. These can be whatever size you like, and can be made out of any fabric, and any colour.

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I recently got an inkjet printer (woop woop!) and as it’s not as hot as a laser printer, you can print onto bondaweb. I printed a lot of numbers onto a single sheet, and ironed the bondaweb onto some blue fabric, cut out the numbers and removed the backing, and then ironed the individual numbers onto the eight triangles.

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Then comes the use of the template I mentioned! Using the D8 template, you can see where you have to lay out your pieces.

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Now it’s time to sew. I began following the lines of the template- 1 and 4, 5 and 7, etc. Once you’ve finished stitching these, press the seams flat.

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Now comes the tricky part. You must stitch 3 and 5 together, 2 and 8, 2 and 3, and on. Make sure you leave a hole for turning and stuffing! I left mine between 7 and 6.

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And now it’s time to turn and stuff! Make sure it’s not overstuffed or it’ll lose its shape.

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And finally, stitch the hole shut. Here is the finished D8!

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You can follow this tutorial to make any size of dice, using the templates from the website above. Please don’t use this tutorial for profit or recreate it anywhere else. Thanks!

Kaii xx

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Cute pin cushion tutorial and quilt update!

Hey all,

This week has been utterly crazy, with work and with the occasional party. I’ve been slowly but surely working on my quilt, which should be finished by Sunday.

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Here’s the tutorial.

Materials

This one’s pretty simple!

A small amount of felt, maybe in different colours.

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Cotton that corresponds with the felt

Polyfill toy stuffing

Corresponding thread, needles and pins.

Fabric Cutting

Cutting the cotton is super simple. You want two rectangles of fabric, 6 inches by 4/5 inches.

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For the felt, design something that is 4×3 inches or smaller and draw it onto the paper side of the bondaweb. Iron it onto the felt and cut out the design.

Making the pin cushion

Step one: Peel the paper backing off of the felt and iron it onto the centre of one of your pieces of cotton.

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Step two: decorate the design, with stitching or beading. I did both.

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Step three: put the two cotton pieces right sides together and stitch, leaving a two inch gap on the middle of one of the longer sides.

Step four: Turn!

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Step five: Stuff with polyfill and stitch up the hole.

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And there it is! If you feel like changing it up you could always make it a smelly cushion by putting a lavender or other scented insert into the mini-cushion before stitching the hole up.

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And if you don’t feel like making one, you could always buy one from my Etsy store.

Thanks for reading!

Kaiix

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flutterbye messenger bag tutorial

So, here it is! A little late (sorry, took longer than I though!) but, still, here. Next blog post will be on Saturday.

So, first up- what do you need to make it? Well, I used a gorgeous patterned material, Globaltex’s “Butterfly Stripe”, which looks like this:

I used this for the outside of the bag. You can use any fabric for this, but I loved the butterflies. I used some plain pink and cream I had lying around for the lining. I hand sew this- as I do everything, as I currently have no sewing machine- but you can use a machine to do this.

Materials:
For outer bag:
4x 8 inch by 12 inch outer fabric rectangles
1x 7 inch by 12 inch inner fabric rectangle
3x 4 inch by 12 inch outer fabric rectangles
2x 4 inch by 8 inch outer fabric rectangles
1x 11 inch zip
Velcro (about 2 inches)
1x LONG piece of fabric for the strap, bias binding or whatever you want to use for the strap.
For side pocket:
1x 5 inch by 6 inch outer fabric rectangle
1x 5 inch by 5 inch inner fabric square
For lining:
3x 8 inch by 12 inch inner lining fabric rectangles
3x 4 inch by 12 inch lining fabric rectangles
2x 4 inch by 8 inch lining fabric rectangles

If you don’t want to add a zip, take away one outer and one lining 4×12 piece of fabric.

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Start by adding interfacing to your outer fabric. I use the stuff they sell in Dunelm Mill for under £3 a sq. metre. It’s not very firm but it works fine for this project. Interfacing really makes a big difference- I’ll do a post soon! All seam allowances are 1/4 inch.

Then make the front slip pocket. Take one of the larger outer pieces and the 7×12 lining fabric. Fold the top of the outer fabric over by about 3/4 of an inch, line the lining fabric up with the uncreased side, and fold the outer fabric over again by about half an inch. Pin and running stitch.

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If you decide to add a side pocket, listen to this step. If not, skip down. So the same as you did with the front slip pocket with the 5×6 and 5×5 fabric pieces. Add a dart at the bottom and pin it to one of the 4×8 outer pieces.

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Now comes the putting-it-together part.

Line the thin pieces together- 4×8, 4×12, 4×8 Stitch the three pieces short-edge together so you have one long piece of fabric. Press the seams. Add the back piece, and then pin the front slip pocket in place and sew the front on.

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Make your strap. I use one long piece of the spotty material from the Butterfly Stripe material, and put it through my 2 inch bias binding tape maker, fold it over and sew along the open edge. I fasten it at either side of the bag with a box and then a cross, and there you have your strap.

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Make the lid-flap. Sew one 4×12 lining to one 8×12 lining, long sides together. Do the same with the outer fabric, and then sew along three sides and turn inside out to make the flap. Pin this to the edge of the back of the outer bag.

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Make the lining of the bag, repeating the steps you took to make the outer bag- BUT REMEMBER TO LEAVE A HOLE! You’ll need to turn it the right way out when you’re done.

If you want to insert a zip here, you have to cut the remaining 4×12 outer and lining pieces to fit your zip, as shown here:

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Stitch the outer side of the zip piece to the outer fabric, then the inner to the inner.

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Turn inside out and sew up the hole. Add the velcro to the underside of the flap and the front- at the bottom of the slip pocket.

You have your butterfly bag! Add buttons for decoration- I always put a heart on the front flap and a round pink button on each of the straps.

SAM_0548Of course, if you don’t feel like making your own you can always order one from me! Now on sale here.