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2 handmade sewing gifts – video tutorial

Do you need a quick project that doubles up as a great handmade gift? What about these 2 projects?

As we’re getting closer to Christmas both projects are perfect to give away.

You can use your favourite fabric for this or fabric scraps or even use some old denim jeans.

Have fun!

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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Two handmade gifts video tutorial

Gathered coin purse pattern

 

This is my third coin purse. I saw this purse on a Russian site and I wanted to try it. I made my first purse using the pattern on the Russian site but then I wanted to change it a bit to make the opening a bit larger so I made a new pattern that you can download below:

Materials

  • 2 1/5 to 2 3/4 inch round purse frame.
  • fabric scraps for exterior, lining and gather
  • fusible interfacing

Instructions

Seam allowances are 1/4 inch.

Cut the pieces using the pattern provided. To cut the side panel fold the fabric and place the paper shape aligned with the fabric fold.

Lining

With right side together stitch the lining pieces along the curved side. Leave top open.

Leave a 1 1/5 inch opening on the bottom to turn purse inside out.

Press the fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the exterior pieces.

Now, using a basting stitch on your machine, stitch along both sides of the panel piece.

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Take the thread below and hold, then take the thread on top and pull to produce a gather effect.

Do on both sides and make sure that all gathers align nicely. This will avoid a twisted gather like the one I had in my first purse. The panel piece should measure 8 3/4 inches at the end of the gathering exercise.

Now baste the side panel to one side of the purse starting at the marking on the pattern. If your panel piece measures 8 3/4 both ends will finish at the pattern markings.

Do the same with the other side.

Now stitch from marking to marking on the machine.

Turn inside out.

Now place the exterior purse piece inside the lining piece as per picture below.

Align the top edges and pin.

Stitch all along the top edge.

Now turn the purse inside out through the opening in the lining.

Close the opening using a ladder stitch.

This time I had a purse frame that needed to be glued. It was a bit fiddly and felt I had less control than with the other type of frame I’ve used before.

But it worked!

So this is my third purse.

And maybe the cutest.

The purse I made using the Russian website pattern. It is not as high and the opening is smaller but the differences are minimal. You could use either pattern.

“Tiffany” iPad patchwork shoulder bag

This is my third iPad carry bag. I take my iPad with my all the time and the fabric just wears out.

The first iPad carry bag I made had a patchwork flap. The second one I used embroidery for. And this time I just made a quick one. I called it Tiffany because the charm squares are from a Moda fabric collection with the same name.

Materials

  • 12 x 5 inch charm squares for the exterior
  • 20 1/2 x 9 in fabric for the lining
  • 2 pieces of batting measuring 21 1/2 x 10 in each
  • 45 inch strap
  • velcro

Instructions

Arrange your charm squares by twos as per picture and stitch together.

Now fold at 10 1/2 inch as per picture.

And draw a short line on each side as per picture. This mark is where the flap starts.

To make the flap, take a dessert plate or a plate that is almost as wide as the panel and place it on top as per picture.

Draw around the plate close to where you drew the short line. Then finish the drawing by adding a straight line between the curve and the 10 1/2 in marking on each side.

If you click on the picture below you’ll see a larger picture and will be able to understand what I mean.

Using the exterior rectangle as a guide, cut the lining piece.

Now you have both pieces, you’ll be cutting the flap at the same time.

Pin well and cut both pieces along the curve.

I wanted to add extra padding to the bag so I used 2 pieces of batting instead of one. You coud use heavy weight interfacing instead.

Cut the pieces of batting using the exterior as a guide. I trimmed off the flap on one of the batting pieces but as it turned out two would have been ok. Your choice.

Pin batting to the exterior.

Quilt any way you like. Lately I kind of like quilting in narrow lines. They look neat.

Trim off the extra batting.

Now place a piece of velcro about 2 inches from the top edge. I don’t like use velcro with adhesive because it always comes apart eventually. And if you stitch it as well as stick it, it ruins the needle.

Stitch around the velcro piece.

Now place the other piece of velcro on the lining part. To find the exact place where to add velcro, place the lining flap over  the exterior as if closing the bag.

Pin and stitch all around.

Now fold the lining piece making sure the straight edge aligns with the line marking where the flap starts.

Mark a 3 inch opening on one side to turn bag inside out.

Stitch around both sides leaving the gap as per picture below to turn the bag inside out.

Now do the same with the exterior. Sorry no photo. I forgot to take one.

Just fold the exterior piece right sides together making sure you align the straight narrow edge with the start of the flap markings. Pin well and stitch around both sides. Trim corners and turn inside out.

Adding the strap

For the first time I purchased a strap. Hopefully it’ll hold the shape better than the homemade ones.

Place the strap about 1 3/4 inch from the edge and pin on each side.

Stitch strap well on each side going up and forth several times. Do not stitch higher than 1/4 from the edge. We need 1/4 inch seam allowance when attaching the lining.

Now place the exterior inside the lining. Pull the strap down.

Align top straight edge and flap from exterior and lining. Pin well.

Stitch all around. Make sure the strap is out of the way.

Now turn bag inside out through the 3 inch opening.

The bag is almost finished.

Stitch the opening.

For neatness’ sake stitch around the flap as close to the edge as possible as per picture.

The bag is finished!

 

 

Hexy coin purse tutorial

A couple of tutorials back I made a very simple coin purse. This time the coin purse is a bit more involved but it’s still an easy purse to make.

Materials

  • Scrap fabric for hexies and lining
  • 2 1/2 inch round purse frame
  • Matching stranded cotton to stitch frame to purse

Downloads

How to make English paper piecing (EPP) hexagons

Instructions

Print hexies pattern and cut 57 shapes. Now, if you’ve never made a hexagon before check out my Scrappy flower hexagon quilt for instructions on how to make them.

Keep the papers in until you finish stitching the hexagons in the required purse shape.

Print the purse pattern and place over the hexies to make sure it is big enough. If your hexies are printed accurately there shouldn’t be any problem. In any case, adjust the size of the purse if necessary.

Place the pattern over the back of the hexies pieces.

And draw around.

Trim excess fabric off.

Now cut the lining pieces. Fold the lining in half to cut both pieces at the same time.

Cut the fusible interfacing in the same way.

Iron the fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the purse exterior.

Now make two markings where the purse hinges end.

Place both pieces right sides facing together and pin.

Do the same with the lining pieces.

Pin and stitch from marking to marking.

Now stitch marking to marking the exterior.

Time to trim off excess fabric and pinking the curved sides. Trim to about 1/8 inches from the edge.

Do the same with the lining but this time leave a 1 1/2 inch gap on the bottom to turn the purse inside out.

Turn exterior around.

Now let’s stitch exterior and interior together.

Place the exterior inside the lining as per picture.

Align the lining and exterior curves well.

Stitch around the curve on both sides and trim off excess fabric and make some cuts as you did before.

Turn purse  inside out through the opening in the lining.

Stitch the bottom of the lining.

The purse is done.

Now attach the frame with matching stranded cotton.

The hexie coin purse is done!

 

 

Pink and brown coin purse tutorial


This tutorial is for a 3 1/2 in purse frame. If your frame is a different size you can adjust the pattern to suit your frame.

The pattern is very simple to draw. Decide how high you want your purse to be.

Then place the frame over a piece of paper and draw around the top of the frame and then down the sides to your desired height to form a rectangle. Add half an inch to the height as the boxing of the purse will take about 1/2 in off the height.

Trace the bottom line. You will have a rectangle.

Now just add a 1 inch gusset to each side and trace a line. Your pattern is drawn.

If you need more details you can use the instructions for Paillette evening bag which is the tutorial I followed to make my coin purse.

Materials

  • one 3 1/5 in rectangle purse frame
  • fabric scraps for the lining and the outside
  • fusible interfacing
  • embellishments

Instructions

Download Pink and brown coin purse pattern (pdf), print and cut out.

Now place the frame over the pattern.

Draw a line on each side to mark the hinge of the frame as per picture.

Lining

Now fold your fabric and draw the pattern on the fabric. Pin.

Cut around the pattern.

Make a 2 inch mark on the bottom edge. This will be open when the lining is stitched so that the purse can be turned inside out.

Make a mark on each side for the purse hinge as per picture.

Stitch around the lining from the hinge mark to the opening mark on each side.

Exterior

The outside is one single piece.

Place the pattern on the fabric fold as per picture.

Cut around top and sides of the pattern.

Make a mark on each side for the purse hinge.

Cut a piece of fusible interfacing slightly smaller than the exterior and iron it to the wrong side of the fabric.

Embellishments

Take a piece of ribbon and pin through it at large intervals to make a gathering.

Pull and make a flower with it.

Make a small stitch where the edges meet.

Cut a piece of ribbon and stitch it to the outside just below the hinge mark.

Fold with right sides facing together.

And stitch on both sides up to the hinge mark as per picture.

To box the bottom of the purse, open the corner as per picture and make a mark at 1 inch.

Stitch along the mark.

Now you can box the lining as well in the same way.

The lining and exterior bags are done.

Turn the outside piece inside out. Leave the lining as is.

Place the outside piece inside the lining as per picture.

Pin well all around the top opening.

Stitch at 1/8 in from the edge.

Turn the bag inside out through the  lining opening.

Pin along the opening in the lining and stitch.

Attach the flower.

Add the buttons.

Stitch the frame to the purse with some matching stranded cotton.