Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Zipper Pouch, Embroidered Toiletry Bag


Zipper pouch and sweet 'Ollie' embroidery




Zipper pouch, zipper pouch
I am in love with these and I can't really realize that I have never made one before, yes I have made plenty of bags but not these sweet ones.
I had seen a few, well quite a few on Instagram and thought I really need to make one as a travel kit for my embroidery, I like to have something to do even when I'm far away. 
These little ones are my practice ones, for baby's toiletries [Grandbabies] but I'm in love with the blue one and it's staying with me!!    Ollie's Washing day embroidery pattern is available on my Etsy shop.




Now I did quite a bit of digging to see how they were put together and found two very good tutorials which I used as a basis for mine.

Sewing Chick you nailed with all the zip detail I followed this to a tee.
Craftster This was so good explaining the simple way of constructing this lined bag. 




This is my version of a little Toiletry Bag [zipper pouch]

My finished bag is 9.5''  wide and it sits about 8.5'' high
I cut two front borders 3'' x 9.5'' 
My Linen embroidered border 5.5'' x 9.5''
the back and 2 lining pieces 10'' length x 9.5'' width
All pieces are backed with fusible interfacing. 
8'' or 20cm zip, cotton lace and contrasting trim [just a folded fabric strip]


The front is made by joining the three borders, I did a seam just over quarter inch and inserted the lovely cotton lace between the top border and the linen. The contrasting fabric trim was inserted between the linen and the bottom border. SEE PHOTOS 


When you have finished piecing the front, press well and you may need to trim the front to match the back.
 Follow Sewing chick zip instructions and then the putting together from Craftster



I'm a detail person and a lover of fabric, these two have turned out so well all lined with coordinating fabric, too good to use!!!



So there you have it, wonderful, I wanted to showcase my embroidered rabbit and I had gorgeous fabric to use.
I have been embroidering in the evenings this last month and perfecting a few of my own designs some of which I have for sale in my shop.




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                                              Glenis







Monday, 6 June 2016

Baby's Bibs- free pattern



Simple...A Baby's Bib sewing pattern



I like to sometimes have simple projects that can be quickly made and these Bibs are one of them. I make several at once, spend an hour or two and you can make probably six.




Two contrasting fabrics and backed with cotton Waffle easy and almost completely bagged out making such a quick project.
I bind the neck with bought bias tape leaving long ends to form the ties. No Velcro to tangle and catch in baby's hair or in their clothes, just old fashioned and simple.



Having the two contrasting fabrics on the front makes for sweet looking bibs and fabric friendly.
Join the bib front and bottoms together, press open the seams and top stitch.



 I back them with cotton waffle it washes well and is absorbent enough to catch all the dribbles.
Place the waffle back bib over the front with right sides facing and sew around the stitching line as shown on your pattern piece, clip the corners, turn through and press.



Cut a piece of the bias tape 25'' in length, position the middle of the tape on the centre of the neck edge.
Pin then sew carefully so you catch the back of the tape, continue to stitch through to the ends of the bias to create the ties, I tie a little knot at the ends of the bias tape.



See just as neat on the reverse.





I have added a little ribbon tag to create detail but there are endless possibilities, frills, lace, ricrac etc.
Over the years I have made dozens of these bibs, simple yes and sweet.



Copy the pattern pieces page 1 and 2 and print out on A4 paper, I have put an inch square so you can get your sizing right although it won't matter if they are a little smaller. 













Happy sewing
Glenis



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