Friday, 17 October 2014

Craft Along - Week 4

Hi everyone,

It's Friday again already and time for the big reveal of the Mystery Project. By this stage you should have made something that looks like a mini quilt. I suppose if you wanted to you could bind it now and use it as a table centre or  table runner but that's not what it is going to be. Remember we have a zipper and some material still to use.
So I won't keep you waiting any longer, let's get started on the finale.

Mystery Project Craft Along - Week 4
Lay your patchwork piece on the last piece of fabric (lining) and trim it to the same size.
Open the zipper and pin one side of it to the patchwork piece along one end, so that the right side of both the zip and patchwork are facing, and so that the teeth of the zip are facing away from the edge. Repeat with the other side of the zip on the other end of the patchwork.
NB: Place the zip so the little metal stopper at the open end is just off the edge of the patchwork piece. The zip is also longer than the patchwork piece so that it is easier to sew. It will be trimmed later.

Sew approximately ¼" from the edge along both ends of the patchwork to attached of the zipper.
NB: This is easier with a zipper foot if you have one for your machine but the first time I did this I used my ¼" patchwork foot.
Pin and sew the lining along the same edge, so the zipper is sandwiched between the patchwork and the lining.

Turn it in the right way so that the lining and patchwork are wrong side facing and you can now see the zipper.
Pin the layers together and top stitch close to fold to hold everything flat.

VERY IMPORTANT: Make sure you partially close the zipper to about half way now.

Turn everything in the wrong way again and fold so the patchwork is folded at on end, the lining is folded at the other and the zipper is in the middle with the teeth facing the lining.
Pin along the sides. Sew along both sides but leave about a 4" gap in the lining seam on one side. This is so you will be able to turn out the right way later.

As you may have guessed by now you have made a bag and if you want a flat bag you can turn it out the right way now and you're finished, once you slip stitch the side seam in the lining closed. I chose to square off the bottom of the bag so that it will stand up.

Mark along the folds of both the lining and patchwork with pins, chalk, fabric pen or pencil.
Fold all four corners into triangles so that the side seams line up with the folds.

Measure 1¼" from the corner and mark.
Sew across the triangle at right angles to the seam/fold mark.

Cut the corner off, leaving about ¼".

Turn the bag out the right way through the gap you left in the lining.
Slip stitch the lining closed and tuck it into the bag.
And the grand TA DAH.
A handy sized bag. Lovely to keep for yourself or it would make a great Christmas present seeing as that isn't far away.
I have been working on other variations as well.
I made a 4" sawtooth star block with a ¼" border in place of the square in a square block.
These are not colours I usually work with but I thought I would step out of my box and try something different. I quite like how it turned out.
So you could have fun experimenting with different options too, maybe some embroidery, another patchwork block, a different applique or you could personalise it with someone's initials.
I hope you've enjoy this Craft Along, I've enjoyed the challenge of putting it together. If you have been joining in you might like to post a photo in a comment on my Facebook page. I would love to see your versions of the project and hear any feed back, good and bad.
The idea for this bag came from this tutorial on the blog Sew Delicious, so thanks Ros for the inspiration. Go and check out Ros' blog it has lots great tutorials and many of them are suitable for beginners or would make quick easy presents.
Okay that's it for today, I'm rushing off to craft group now.

Hope you've had fun

Thanks for popping by and until next time 

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