Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Grab and Go Cross Body Wallet

Hello, hello sewers!
Let me introduce the Grab and Go pattern by Quilts Illustrated.

If you're looking for a graduation gift
or birthday gift for a young girl or young woman,
this would be a terrific choice.
The tab closure has a magnetic snap,
there is a large outside pocket on the back,
there are three small inner pockets,
and the strap adjusts to fit many needs.

Here are some of my tips and suggestions.
If you don't have the time or desire to stitch this up for yourself,
then I also offer the finished wallet in my shop.

So let's get started:
First, be certain you understand which piece is which.
Examine the photos here to see which piece is the
outer bag and which piece is the outer pocket.

The outer pocket is on the backside of the bag.
On my bag, it is the pink piece with the gray
faux top binding made from the lining.
The outer pocket folds down around the bottom of the bag,
and up the front of the bag a small distance.

The pattern instructions give measurements to cut the fabric pieces
by width and height.
The width measurement goes along the crosswise grain,
and the height measurement follows the lengthwise grain.
That's especially important to remember when you are using
a directional fabric.

Also important with directional fabrics is that you attach that
outer pocket in the right direction:

(This panel with the outer pocket attached will be folded to form the wallet.
The front of the wallet is the lower half in this picture.
So when you fold the wallet, the lower half needs to finish upright,
as it will in the second example.)

The inner pocket is divided by vertical seams.
I used the fly stitch on my sewing machine
to give the top of those seams some extra strength:

The cutting instructions call this closure a flap,
but the sewing instructions refer to it as a tab.
They are one in the same.

Step 9 instructions are for attaching the lining and the bag together.
It instructs you to mark a chalk line up from the bottom of the bag, then:
Cut a 6" slit about 1/4" below the chalk line, this will be for turning the bag.
It goes on to instruct you to glue the slit closed.
I'm sorry, but that just seems a bit sloppy to me.
This is how I stitched my lining and bag together:
I left an opening in the side for turning.
See that unsewn flaps that sticks out near the bottom left?
After I turned it right side out,
I pressed the those 'flaps' to the inside and
topstitched with a triple straight stitch around the entire bag.

To flatten the strap and give it extra strength,
I used a triple coverhem stitch on my serger:
This is a pretty quick pattern to sew
and it is the perfect size to take with you on quick errands,
to the kids' ball games,
or for a young girl or woman as an everyday wallet.

If you are sewing this pattern and have any questions
or tips and ideas,
please contact me via my blog.

I'm considering adding a zipper to my next Grab and Go.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Serger Sundress

#marthapullenlicensedteacher  #sundress #serger #sewing
Happy May, sewing friends!
This is the May serger pattern that you will receive if you are
in my #sergerclub.

The beautiful gingham fabric and spaghetti bias can
be ordered from Chadwick Heirlooms in Virginia.
No, I do not receive any compensation from Chadwick Heirlooms,
I just know they stock these supplies because I order from them.

I had the mini pom pom trim in my stash, so I used it instead of the
spaghetti bias braid around the bodice/ruffle seam.
Here's the bodice detail.
Those are rows and rows of coverstitches using embroidery thread in the needles.
If you don't have a coverstitch machine, you could achieve a similar effect
on your sewing machine, using a twin needle and embroidery thread.

The back bodice opening has three covered buttons to match the ruffles,
and a big bow.

Covered buttons are so very easy with a covered button kit,
which can be purchased inexpensively at quilt stores or fabric stores.
They add a custom detail to your finished garment.
The ties for that big bow are simply stitched to the top of the side seam.

The techniques we will practice this month are:
Ruffles - using the overlock and/or coverhem
Rolled Hem - using decorative embroidery threads
Topstitching - with the coverhem or sewing machine

My sweet granddaughter is excitedly waiting to wear her new sundress,
but until we meet on May 13 for serger club,
it will be on display at Nuttall's in Layton.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.