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Keep The Change!

I had completed my wallet a little while back, but at the time I didn’t have a coin purse for my change. The wallet was custom made for me with multiple card slots and I love it! I was able to carve out an hour today to try to put together a coin purse to go with it. It has been a bit of a pain not having somewhere to put my change. I measured the size based on it fitting inside the existing side pocket of my wallet. The zipper is only 5 inches, and now looking back I wish I would have gotten one a little longer.

I cut out my fabric (outer fabric and lining) and some fusible fleece (I wanted some added support).

 

I put together the pieces (right side together) with the zipper and sewed together the fabric to both sides of the zipper.

 

 

Once both sides of the zipper have had the outer and lining fabrics sewn on, it’s time to sew the fabric together all around. First, it’s important to make sure that your zipper is open! Otherwise you will have a tough time getting it turned right side out!

 

Sew a 1/4″ all the way around except for 2-3 inches on the bottom of the lining side. This whole is so you can turn the whole thing. Once you turn it, you’ll then either hand sew or machine turn the hole on the bottom.

 

Stuff your lining into the outer fabric to make your pouch!

 

And…WAALLLAAH:

 

Some of the things I will change when I make my new and improved pouch is leaving out one of the fusible fleece pieces (two pieces was too thick) and get a longer, smaller toothed zipper. I think the zipper was a bit too big for this size pouch. But, all in all I’m happy with it!

Just Wingin’ It!

I have been wanting to make a wallet for quite a while now I just hadn’t had the time to sit down and do it. This past Sunday I woke up early and decided to spend part of the day working on that goal. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the pattern anywhere in my sewing room. I looked everywhere and the only thing I can decide is the sewing elves are using it at the time being. I’m sure they’ll replace it when they’re done!

However, I decided NOT to let something as menial as a pattern keep me from making my wallet! So, I decided to wing it.

Get it?! Wing it?…oookkaay..moving on! I fell in love with this fabric and thought it was be fun to use. I used fusible fleece for this project and just stitched together the front and inside fabrics.

My main request was for multiple credit card slots. I have several cards (borders rewards, petsmart, etc) and like to have them with me just in case I happen to stop by one of the places on a whim! This was a little difficult for me to get right…well…I didn’t get it right, but it works just as well! I started by folding and pressing the fabric, then testing it out to see if it held my cards right.

Once I was happy with it, I straight stitched along the edges for durability and I also stitched the back part (bottom of the folds) down to another layer of fusible fleece.

I then measured the right width needed for each card and divided my material so it would hold 6 cards.

So far so good! The only change I would make at this point would be to put some sort of stabilizer behind the card fabric. I think it could have used a little more substance. Ok, on to the other side!

It was time to sew and press the binding and I was almost done!

The layers got a little thick for my sewing machine when I tried to machine stitch the binding instead of hand finishing it. However, I got it done! Next time though, I will hand stitch the binding on. By the way, I love the binding material with the birds!

The only thing I’m missing is a place for my change. I am going to make a small coin purse that will fit in the space behind the cards on the right hand side (opposite of my dollar bills!). It isn’t perfect, but I think it’s darn cute! What do you think?

Grids & Grommets Completed!

Woohoo…I finally got my bag done! AND…it just yells Spring! I used the Wildflowers Jelly Roll to make the small jelly roll bag.

I stitched in the ditch with a green variegated thread which blended in well with the flowers! However, I almost ran out of thread when quilting the body. It was my lucky day though because I had jussst enough to finish it off!

I cut out some coordinating fabric for the lining:

Then I used some left over strips from the jelly roll for the handles:

The body of the purse was easy to put together. I like how the green fabric (some of my favorite fabric ever! but I can’t remember the name of it) looks like grass.

The lining gave me a little bit of trouble. Ok, so the trouble was really just me not paying attention. I sewed the pockets on wrong and folded it wrong way at first. It was a long day and I wasn’t paying attention. So, I ripped it all out and redid it the next day. To my delight, I had no problems the second go ’round!

I stitched the lining into the purse and it was time to add the grommets. There was something satisfying about seeing these little grommets go together with a snap and make it look nice and crisp!

Add some handles and Waaallaa!! A beautiful purse for Spring!

I’m using it today…and I must say I love the size of it! I have plenty of room for all of my junk that eventually finds its way into my purse!

February OPAM completed!

I haven’t had much time this month to work on my quilts and I didn’t have my February OPAM done yet, so I figured now was the perfect time to work on a small project I’ve been wanting to try. The question was, which project?! I saw this cute purse on the Moda Bake Shop and figured I’d give it a try!

I decided to use the Sonnet Charm pack, with green and cream as one color way and brown and teal as the other:

I had some peltex, and figured I’d use that instead of batting to make it a little stiffer. That was a mistake. It was quite difficult to maneuver the bag with it being as stiff as it was. If I make this bag again, I’ll use batting.

Here I have the two color ways sewn together:

Once I finally got the pieces to fit together as close as possible, I sewed the two color ways together:

Add some handles and we have a completed purse!

It looks much better in the picture than it does in person! Oh, and don’t flip it inside out, even though it’s reversible, because the brown and teal bottom did not sew together well!

Happy February!!

Sew-In and OPAM update

As I mentioned in a previous post, I finished Alaina/Zoey’s baby quilt, finally! However, it didn’t go so smoothly. The only thing I had left to do was squaring up the quilt and the binding, so I didn’t think it would take all that long especially since I was trying the machine stitching method.

The first issue I encountered was getting the quilt squared up. My table isn’t big enough to lay the quilt out flat, so I thought I’s put it on the floor.

Unfortunately my minions thought it looked more like a rug than a quilt. I chased the girls away and finished up my trimming. Next, I cut out the strips for the binding. I found this adorable purple polka dot fabric in my stash that looked like it would work perfectly!

Once all the strips were cut out, I sewed them together.

Then I pressed the seams open so there wouldn’t be a thick area to sew through.

I sewed the binding on the front as usual, then started pinning down the first side so it had enough room to overlap the stitch line slightly on the back so when I stitched in the ditch on the front I’d catch the back and be done stitching the binding on. Easy peasy!!

It was slow going since I was having to remove all of the pins as I’m sewing. It made it a little tough with the pins on the back, but not unmanageable. I finished the first side and turned it over to admire my handy work! It looked pretty good. It was a little wavy, which I figure was probably because of the stopping and starting. My sewing machine I have now doesn’t start slowly, it takes off like a bull after a cowboy. Unfortunately, there was a couple of spots where the stitching didn’t touch the binding. Um…that’s not good! I figured I’d just stitch over that part.

Yeah, it doesn’t look very good. However, it didn’t look terrible either so I just left it instead of ripping out the entire side and redoing it. For the next side I decided to pin through the front side.

Not only did this allow me to flip it over and make sure the stitch line would catch the binding, but it made it much easier to remove the pins when I was sewing. I finished up this side and flipped it over to see if this side was better than the other.

This one turned out much better, although it was still wavy! I finished up the next two sides and was finally finished at 11:35 PM. All I had to do was wash and dry it, then it will be ready to actually give to Alaina.

Wait a minute…what’s this?

It wasn’t square after all! That’s ok though. Nothing in life is perfect so why should I expect my quilt to be?! You can’t tell when it’s being used anyway. And, no it’s not as bad at that picture looks. It probably isn’t that noticeable to anyone but me and my OCD tendencies! Here’s the finished product!

Don’t forget to check out Cathy’s give away in the post below!