Friday, August 30, 2013

Finished Pencil Case Photos

These are photos of the finished Moths to Open Flames pencil case.
 To see how to put the kit together click here.

The finished Moths to Open Flames pouch.
The inside of the pouch.
Closer look at the lining
I made it big enough to fit all my pencils and color pencils.
To give you an idea of the size:
The box is 7"x 5" and 2 3/4" deep

And you can see that they all fit with a comfortable amount of wiggle room.

Here's the full pouch all zipped up

And a view of the other side.

The top corner where you can see my zipper and the way that both sides of the pattern seem to flow together.

Here's a view of the side. You can see how the Ripple Stripes pattern on each side matches up.

The bottom of  the bag is seamless.

Moths to Open Flames Pencil Case Instructions

This is the instructions for making my Moths to Open Flames kit into a finished pencil pouch.
 You will need:
1 fat quarter of Moths to Open Flames fabric
1 zipper approximately 10" or  25cm
Sewing machine
Matching thread
Hand sewing needle
Straight pins

Cut out all five pieces being sure to leave the white borders (seam allowance) attached.

Covers for zipper ends:
Fold under the white edges, pinning them in place all the way around.
Sew around the edges using a matching thread. (I used a bright yellow to make the tutorial easier to understand.)
Attach finished covers to the zipper ends by sewing a straight line. (See picture; top  horizontal line)
Be sure to leave enough of the zipper exposed checking the positioning against the top of one of the lining pieces.
This just helps keep the zipper from fraying and gives you a little more leeway when it comes to zipper size.

Place the zipper right side up on top of one of your lining pieces that is also right side up.
Pin them together and sew as close to the center of the zipper as you can. 

Do the same with the other side being sure to flip the other side back.
The lining pieces should be facing each other with right sides together.
When you're finished, it should look like the picture above.

Keep the lining/zipper piece exactly as you had it on the last step. 
Place the outer fabric piece face-down, vertically on top of the other piece,
aligning the top edge of the lining piece and the top edge of the outer piece.
Pin in place and sew as close to the zipper as you did the time before.
Flip just the outer piece back over the top, and flip the lining layers underneath it.

Align the top edges like before. The outer fabric should be folded over itself with right sides facing..

Pin and sew again. Then reach into the tube created by the outer fabric, and unzip the zipper.

Flip the outer piece one way, and the lining the other way.  Pin the open edges matching up lining to lining and outer to outer. The center line is marked in the seam allowance of the outer piece to help keep it even.

Pin the center seams in the same direction

Mark off a 2" section in the center of the lining's bottom edge. Sew along the edges except for the area yo marked.
Cut the corners and the extra fabric hanging  off  the seam allowance on the zipper covers.
Pull the bag right sides out through the hole.

Use a  ladder stitch to close the hole left in the lining,

And here's the finished bag!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Moths to Open Flames: Contest Entry

Pencil case cut and sew

Summer is almost over, and it's time to hit the books! Arrive at school in style with the perfect pencil case to carry all your sharpened No. 2s. Previews will be shown at the fat quarter fabric size (21" x 18"). Deadline for entry is Tuesday, August 20th, 2013.

Here's an idea of how, Moths to Open Flames, my entry into the Pencil Case Cut and Sew will look when finished.

Detailed view of the edge

Each side of the bag will have this much of the design. 

A closer look at the design on the lining.

Here's the large view of the whole pattern.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Gift-wrapped Shelf and Spotted Mouse

I used Spoonflower gift wrap of my Wooden design to paper a shelf.

Here's a closer look at the shelf along with a mouse I made for the cats using scraps from my clutch.

There was just enough left of the Black and Gray Dot swatch, though I did have to use the white selvage for the tail. 

Richard was pretty impressed by the extra long tail.

Well, at least he was until he noticed the camera!

Lightning Bug Clutch

A clutch that I made using several swatches.

The outside is a combination of my Lightning Bugs and Ripple Stripe fabrics.

Close up of one side showing the Lightning Bugs.

And the other side.

I used fabric mod podge on the underside of the Ripple Stripe swatch to keep it from fraying before cutting out the detailed stripe from the middle and further dividing that in half.  I attached the stripes to both sides of the central fabric with fabric mod podge before any of the hemming took place. 

I sewed the clutch up like a basic zipper pouch.

The only difference was I had to add a little extra fabric on both sides of my lining fabric because I was using two swatches for the inside to accommodate the extra length that I had added to the outside.

The middle lining fabric used my Navy and Gold Spot design that tied in really well with the fireflies and the gold stripes.

And the other design I used is from the same collection, Black and Gray Dot.