Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Dish towels. pretty and plain. This is one of Amy Butler's home dec fabric. I've tested these out and they're absorbent after a few washes. Just cut the rectangle to the desired size, then hem by turning the edges under 1/4 " (twice). Edge stitch and be done! These would be lovely with ribbon trim if you have time.
Bean bags for juggling. These are made from 4" of scrap squares and filled with black beans. They're a good child size. For an adult, I'd start with 5" squares.
This is from one of Amy Butler's free patterns. Since it's cut on the bias, You need to have a yard of fabric. I didn't have any beaded trim, like the pattern called for. I stitched on some crystal beads from my "rescued" beads.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Yipeeeee! You'll ship to Canada!! :)
Great tutorial...you make it look so simple...
Love the new header by the way~
Have a fabulous 44th birthday! xx
Congratulations to Laurie Anne, and thank you to everyone who reads My Inner Old Lady. You give me a reason to sew and create and grateful to you all!
By the way, I did have a great birthday. It was full of warm wishes, good family and friends, homemade soup, a warm fire, an awesome cake and (no kidding) third graders and their lovely, crazy teacher who serenaded my with their ukulele's.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
1. Plan the dimensions of your bag around the length of your zipper. I cut mine to the exact width so that the zipper lays nicely on top of the bag. This zipper is 8.5 " so the pieces are 8.5 wide by 6" high. Cut four pieces of fusible interfacing the same size. The strap is 2" wide by 14" long.
2. Make the strap by folding it in half, lengthwise, and pressing. Open it up and then press each side to the middle. Fold the whole thing in half again.
3. Edge stitch down each side.
5. Attach the fusible interfacing to the outer fabric and the lining fabric, following the manufacturer's direction. You can make zippered bags without interfacing, but I would suggest that you do this only for very small bags (like credit card holders). Otherwise the bag is too floppy.
7. Using your zipper foot, stitch through all three layers. I use the middle of my zipper foot to gage the seam. At some point, you'll have to stop, lift the presser foot and move the zipper to the other side of the foot.
11. Lay the outer panels together and lining panels together, with the zipper open. Slip the strap between the outer panels right under the zipper, matching the edges of the strap with the edges of the outer fabric seam (the strap should lay toward the bottom of the bag at an angle). Pin around the edges, keeping careful attention that the zipper is matched up.
12. Stitch around the edges with a 1/2" seam, leaving 4" opening at the bottom of the lining. Reinforce the seam at the zipper edges and the strap by back-stitching over those areas.
13. Trim the corners. Trim the seams with pinking shears to make everything lay flat and keep the seams from unraveling.
14. Turn the whole thing right side out through the opening in the lining fabric. Use a chopstick to poke your corners square. Press the outer portion of the bag.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
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