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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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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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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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oblong make up bag

Hey all, This has continued to be a mad section of my life, but I have gotten some sewing done.

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I also wrote this make-up bag tutorial, which I hope you enjoy. It is a little fiddly but it’s worth it! Materials:

  • Outside patterned fabric- 2x 7×10 inch rectangles.
  • Outside plain fabric- 1x 4×36 inch rectangle, or shorter ones adding up to 36 inches when stitched together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
  • Lining fabric- 2x 7×10 inch rectangles, 1x 4×36 inch rectangle.
  • Interfacing- 2x 7×10 inch rectangles, 1x 4×36 inch rectangle. If you’re using smaller lengths of the long rectangles then iron the interfacing on before stitching them together.
  • A zip, around 12 inches long.
  • Corresponding threads
  • Needles and pins.

Image Instructions: Step one: Cut the long rectangles into three- one slightly longer than your zip, then the remainder in half. Sandwich the zip on one side and stitch, then repeat with the other. Image Image Step two: Stitch the two halves of rectangles to each side of the zip, making sure not to stitch the lining and outer fabrics together. Image Image Step three: Pin one of the outside rectangles in place, centring the zip section, and stitch. Repeat with the other side. Make sure the zip is open before you finish, and stitch the gap at the bottom.  Image Step four: Repeat step three with the lining fabric, but leave the gap at the bottom open for turning. Image Step five: Turn and slip stitch the opening you left shut. Image Step six: Use your bag! Image And that’s all. You can use a waterproof fabric for the lining or even the outside and the lining if you wanted to use it as a wash bag. Back on Wednesday! Kaiix

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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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Money Belt Tutorial

Hey! This week’s been madly full of making things. It’s really incredible how productive I can be when I’m avoiding doing my university work…

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I made a Dresden Plate wall hanging, which I’m super proud of. I’ll probably do some kind of Dresden Plate tutorial in the future, but this week is for the money belt! The first one I designed was for my friend V’s daughter, but this one’s going into my stash for future events (unless people really like it, in which case I’ll make more and sell them on my etsy!)

Okay, on to this week’s tutorial!

Materials:

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I’m using some really cute strawberry material for the outside and some plain cream cotton for the lining. 

Outside fabric: 1 x 6×3.75 inch, 1 x 6×2.5 inch, 1 x 6×1.25 inch, 2 x 3×9 inch. 

Lining fabric: 1 x 6×3.75 inch, 1 x 6×2.5 inch, 1 x 6×1.25 inch.

Elastic: This varies on your waist size. I’m using a piece that’s 20 inches long for this tutorial.

Zip: This needs to be plastic and at least 6 inches long, The one I’m using is nine inches long and I’m going to cut it down.

Needles, pins, corresponding thread and scissors and an iron.

If you want it to be more firm you can use interfacing, but I’m not going to.

 

How to make the belt

Step one: Sandwich the zip in between the thinnest pieces of fabric, zipper facing the outer fabric. Open it up and do the same with the 2.5 inch thick pieces. Press them open.

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Step two: Fold the longer strips into double fold binding. folding the top of each one neatly so you can slip about a half inch of the elastic in the middle. Stitch along the sides.

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Step three: Stitch the bigger lining piece onto the back of the other lining pieces, leaning about two inches at the bottom for turning.

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Step four: Pin the belt in place with the fabric on either side of the outer pieces, over the zip.  Unzip the zip.

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Step five: Stitch the last piece of fabric on the top and turn through the hole, then stitch up the hole.

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Step six: Press it flat, and you have your money belt!

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If you don’t want it to be a belt, just a cute and easy to make purse, then just forgo the longer pieces and the elastic.

That’s all for now, but I’ll be back on Wednesday with an update.

Kaiix

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cutesy wristlet tutorial

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Sorry I’ve been quiet for a while! The last month’s been crazy- event after event and most of them with a lack of internet. I’m back until the August Bank Holiday (23-26th) When I have four packed days of events! Friday and Saturday is a local charity fundraiser, and Sunday and Monday are going to be the Newhampton Arts Centre Vintage and Crafts Weekend. Kaii’s Creations will be selling many assorted bags, plushies, blankets and more.

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Right, onto the tutorial! It’s based off of this, but I simplified some of the steps and made it (in my humble opinion) a little easier to follow, and quicker.

Right. What you need to start is:

  • Outer Fabric:
    3 inch x 8.5 inch
    5.5 inch x 8.5 inch
    7.5 inch x 8.5 inch
    2.5 inch x 13 inch
  • Lining material:
    3 inch x 8.5 inch
    5.5 inch x 8.5 inch
    7.5 inch x 8.5 inch
  • Interfacing (semi-optional):
    3 inch x 8.5 inch
    5.5 inch x 8.5 inch
    7.5 inch x 8.5 inch
  • Zip (at least 9 inches, plastic- DO NOT USE A METAL ZIP!!. I used a 11 inch zip.)
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine optional. (I still don’t have one so obviously- you can do this by hand if you like!)

Preparation- iron your interfacing onto the outer fabric!

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Instructions:

Sandwich your 3×8.5 fabric on either side of the zip- lining fabric up, zipper up, outer fabric down. Sew along one side.

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Flip your sandwich! Do the same with the 5.5×8.5 fabrics, making sure your fabrics line up.

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Fold and press your handle- the 2.5×13 strip. Fold it in half, press, and unfold. Fold the sides to the centre and press again, and fold with the raw edges on the inside. Sew along the edges.

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Sew the large lining piece on to the other pieces, lining the square up. Pin it in place first! Make sure you only sew it to the lining material, and leave a gap for turning later. Remember to undo the zip!

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Sew the outer material onto the other sections, pinning the strap on at the top first. Sew all the way round.

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Turn!

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And now sew up the hole you left. Push the bottom back inside and viola, you have your wristlet. Makes a great gift, and you could make the strap shorter for a child- even use waterproof material to use it as a great little purse if you’re going to the beach.

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