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Kitty Wallet Tutorial – With Step by Step Instructions (mostly)

I was desperate to try something new a few days ago so I settled on these kitty pouches/bags I came across on Pinterest. The idea was to make something like those pouches and wallets as always, using what I had. This was mostly just me doing it on the spur of the moment. There was no real planning involved, or if there was it was really quick. I just gathered the materials I wanted to use, placed the reference in front of me and went at it.

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It was FUN!

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I made it smaller than I originally intended because of a mistake during cutting which really was a blessing. This Robert kaufman Zoology print is a very prized possession and is fast running out, given how rare it is to find something like this in the local market, I try to be as careful with it as I can.

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This is my worktable and this is what I used as a reference.

The black fabric I used for the outside is actually lawn. Lawn is very thin and a bit unsuitable for bags and such but I had only this in black so I used it. Since it was thin when I tried to add interfacing to the back of it, the white was showing so I doubled each piece I cut in black.

  • Firstly I cut two large black rectangles measuring 13.5″ X 9″. These two made the outside. Like I said before I cut two so the black would look black and the white of the interfacing wouldn’t show. How I made sure these pieces would be firmly attached to each other would come later.

 

  • Then I cut two pieces of interfacing: one non-fusible, the exact same measurement as the main piece and the other fusible which is shorter in length and width. The former is softer felt and the latter is stiff and quite effective in giving shape and body.

  • Then I cut the lining print of the same length and width from the zoology print.

  • Now for the kitty face that would go on the flap covering the wallet. I cut two black pieces for the front and one black for the back. Two pieces of batting to make it fluffy and plush toy-like, four pieces for the ears, two for each and then felt for the nose and eye lashes. Also velcro that would go on the back of this kitty face.

  • Then I folded the black piece to see how the wallet would look like. The beauty of this method is that you need only one large rectangle and that would serve as the front, back and flap of the wallet.

Another useful thing to do is to iron the folded piece to create creases that would later help you figure out where to fold when you attach the lining and main piece together and have to stitch the sides closed.

  • Attached the fusible interfacing to one of the black pieces, carefully pinned all three (two black and one interfacing) and then sewed these lines with different threads. That was a quick decision. I had to make sure that the two black pieces were firmly connected somehow to make one outside piece so I did that.
  • I also attached the non-fusible one to the lining print by sewing lines on it.
  • I placed the outside and the lining wrong sides together, pinned it, and then sewed all the way around and also straight lines on top of the creases.
  • And then I put bias tape all around the rectangle to seal the edges.

Now the kitty face! It had to go on the flap in a way that it would cover it all and the bottom of the front of the wallet as well so the velcro would be on the back of the kitty face.

  • I did the ears first. Attached interfacing to each of the four pieces, placed them wrong sides together, sewed all sides except for the bottom for turning around, turned inside-out, pressed, top-stitched and sewed the white felt on them while the bottom of the ears was still raw edges.

  • Then I took the two black pieces that were the front of the kitty face, attached fusible interfacing on the back where I thought the nose and the eyes would go and then stitched the felt on the face. This was before adding the batting.
  • Did the same for the back except with velcro.

  • To keep the batting in place, loosely stitched it to each piece all the way around before joining the two together.
  • Then placed them wrong sides together making sure to add the ears symmetrically between the two, sewed all the way around leaving an opening for turning, turned (did NOT press, that would have flattened the batting and I didn’t want that) and then sewed the opening closed.

  • After completing the face I attached it to the flap. And after that I added the other piece of velcro to the wallet. The sides hadn’t been stitched closed at that point.

  • The last step was stitching the sides together. I’m glad I did bias tape, if I had done the whole wrong sides together and then turning right side out thing it would have been impossible to sew because of the bulk. It was still difficult to sew with the bias tape but still.

And this is how I made this wallet. I hope you liked it and learned something from it, if you didn’t, well, who cares?

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

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Watermelon Purse/Pouch/Wristlet

Call it whatever you like, K?

Watermelons are one of my least favorite fruits on the planet. I love the slurping sound my father makes when he eats it, I do not, however, enjoy eating the fruit (I mention this because I sometimes tend to start eating something I previously disliked just by seeing someone eat it with enthusiasm). I had seen this watermelon bag before but the lightning of inspiration struck three nights ago while I was browsing through Pinterest, as is my nightly ritual.

Bolsa de Melancia

This is the one I liked. Obviously, I couldn’t make it exactly like that, this is leather. I usually take in the idea and use whatever I have to get as close to it as possible. With this, the green in the fruit is more teal than green and that was encouraging because I have a lot of teal silk lying around for months. I despaired over the red for a few  moments before remembering I have a red fabric that is dotted all over but what the hell.

I almost never plan out the whole thing, unless it’s something that seems really complicated to me. Only then I mentally go through each step. But with a shaped pouch like this it’s pretty much been-there-done-that for me as far as the pouch part is concerned. Assembling the shape, whatever it is is different. So my first step was to assemble the front/back, the half-slices of the fruit.

There aren’t going to be any process pictures. I forgot! (‘-‘)

My big mistake which didn’t turn out to be a mistake but merely an idiotic decision, was that instead of cutting the half-slices of the teal and adding the red on top, I cut the red slices only and added teal strips to the curving bottom of those. When I realized this the next day I was truly extremely pissed at myself.

Doing what I did, it lend a bit of puffiness to the pieces which admittedly looks good and neat but the other way it would have been even neater and easier! Gah.

  • So I cut the 2 red slices first, front and back, using the lid of a big circular tin container we keep our threads in. Didn’t use any specific measurements just winged it. The final dimensions, however, are
  • Measured the curve and cut two teal strips which were about 1.5″ I guess. Since this was a curve I had to attach the strips to, they weren’t cut straight. Instead you fold the fabric over in a sort of triangle and cut pieces from this diagonally put fabric, they’re stretchy that way and great for sewing on curves.
  • Added interfacing. Ironing a diagonally cut strip makes it lengthen and become slightly less wider.
  • Sewed the strips to the bottom of the two slices and top stitched.
  • At this point I added interfacing to the back of the pieces and top stitched with the interfacing placed beneath the pieces.
  • The bag that inspired me (above) didn’t have this white strip between the green and red part but other bags did so I used felt for that. And black felt for seeds. I sewed them as well.

  • I wanted to make it 3-D not flat so here comes the gusset, savior of bags and purses. I’ve been obsessively using this technique ever since I learned it. For big bags I do the hidden seams method because it is easier to turn them but for smaller projects like this, doing hidden seams is akin to murdering yourself, I learned that the hard way. And I do hidden seams because I don’t have a surger nor does my machine have zig-zag stitch. Yay.
  • Since I wasn’t going to do  hidden seams the only other way was to attach the main and lining pieces together with both the slices and the gusset, sew them wrong sides together and sew bias tape inside to cover the raw edges.

  • Figure out the length of the gusset first, then attach interfacing and lining. Mazel Tov.

  • Things rapidly went downhill when I sewed the gusset to the main slice pieces. It’s funny how many stupid mistakes I tend to make. To make a very infuriating story short, I had a hell of a time attaching the gusset and then adding bias tape inside to seal the raw edges. The thing is riddled with imperfections and I felt like crying at the time because it started out so well.
  • I forgot to add the wristlet strap when I was making the gusset and then again when I was attaching it. That way it would have gone inside. What I did was attach it on top of the gusset near the zipper edge. Another fumble. Gah.

Eh. Doesn’t look too bad but I know it could have been a LOT better.

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Cool Things I Sewed in March

I got to try so many ah-mazing ideas. I’m constantly trying to perfect my techniques and refine my sewing skills like everyone else who loves their craft and a part of that process for me is to try at least five different things I’ve never sewn before. This month was extremely productive in that regard.

The latest batch of prints I got in February is SWELL and however I use them the result looks so satisfying.

Here’s the stuff I made this month:

The “Been-There-Done-That” Stuff:

These are the things I’ve made a million times before.

Booksleeves:

Ah, yes. Everyone loves booksleeves. For some reason. Here’s the link to my first ever post about booksleeves.

Laptop Bags:

I make sure to do something different each time, no matter how small, even if nothing appears to be different. I know what I change and tweak.

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Boxed Pouches:

These look great, sure but I’ve begun to be less than fond of the process of making them.

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Wallet:

I’ve made a single wallet in March but I enjoyed working with the contrasting black and white prints.

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Makeup Brush Case:

I added vinyl to it for the first time. None of my previous brush cases had vinyl and I don’t know why.

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The New and Cool Stuff:

These are the things I tried for the first time!

A Heart-Quilt Zipper Pouch:

Zipper pouches are for beginners. If you can’t install a zipper, you’re missing out on a whole new world of exciting projects. The “new” thing is the heart quilt. I’m not a quilter, I’ve done a total of, like, three, but this was the first official one I did. I’m still not overly enthusiastic about quilting but I do admit, it leads to some of the most incredible sewing art out there.

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The Harry Potter Mega-Organizer:

I did a whole post about this which only THREE people viewed. Or was it two? LOL.

A Unicorn Train Case:

Train cases have been on my mental “too-hot-to-sew” list for such a long time. It feels awesome to have finally sewn it. The final stages were torture but I’m glad it all worked out.

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An iPad Case:

I made two, both different from each other. My biggest concern was what to insert inside it to make it stand and all. For this first one, I ended up using full panels of my old iPad cases. Tee Hee. For the second one I used this binder file thing and added foamic sheet to the front and back of every piece. It’s washable, thankfully. This second one is actually a Kindle Case/Stand.

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Glasses Case:

Okay, so technically this is nothing new sewing-wise but I still consider it as such because I had never made a case for glasses before.

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Heart Backpack:

Some of the instructions from the Sew Much Ado tutorial helped and it was definitely what inspired me but the pattern I made myself and the gusset part was completely different from that tutorial. Plus, my hidden seams method is also separate. I made this for a cousin’s kid. Super-proud of this.

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Quilted Cassette Pouch:

Ah, yes! THAT. I made this literally from scratch, without proper measurements. THE most fun part was cutting out specific pieces from different fabrics. I absolutely LOVED that.

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Mini-Backpack Coin Purse:

The smaller it is, the harder it gets. I even inserted lining inside it and that hook made it extra fancy-dancy. Me adorbs.

That’s it. I run this shop on Instagram called Wish Upon A Stitch

For the moment I only deliver in Pakistan but you can always check it out?

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I Made A Book Bag!

I had the idea about three months ago, took one and half of those for me to start, another half to actually do it and one more to take pictures and post on my Instagram.

This was a whole new undertaking. It was fun, but mostly a HUGE pain in the ass.

Disclaimer:

  • The design is original in every respect. I did not copy from anywhere.
  • ALL PICTURES ARE MINE, OKAY?

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Verily, the hardest part was the embroidery, and also the longest. I’m not exactly a pro at it, I know a total of four stitches and those are the ones I used in this.

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I used a mid to large sized paperback for size. Cut pieces of this pink cotton that attracted me and was also the reason I went with Emma by Jane Austen, a book I haven’t actually read. First did the embroidery, then used this thin fusible interfacing to lock everything in place and also to make it stronger and then used felt interfacing to give the bag a body of its own.

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I should have left the back alone but noooooo I had to do this too. My copy of Prisoner of Azkaban which is a small to medium sized hardback, fit like a glove inside it.

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I attached the zipper and the sides to the bag (the bottom was cut with the front and back as one large piece) “wrong” sides together. It was because I wanted to attach bias tape all along the edges which I thought would give it a nice hardback feel. Well, it did but it was also THE most frustrating thing ever because I had kept the depth really small and my sewing foot kept bumping into the rectangular hardware rings.

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I have this really nice pink perfume fabric that has vintage-ish vibes and that’s the one I used as bias tape. I love how well it goes with the theme of the book! Words like Veritable, Paris, France and Cologne are visible.

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The zipper goes all along the top lip which is the right long edge of a book, if you will, and down about an inch from each side.

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I made the sides from this creamy cotton fabric on which I stitched lines to give the illusion of pages.

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I take it back, the hardest part was attaching the sides to the bag. The second hardest was the bias tape. Third hardest was embroidery.

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The cute AF spine.

Since I attached wrong sides together, there are no seams inside. I don’t have a serger or even a machine that does zig-zag stitches so my biggest concern, ALWAYS, is to hide the seams. Since I’m paranoid, I think that everything will fray and come apart and that would be an epic fail.

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I used this silk for lining, which again coordinated perfectly. Masha Allah.

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For the strap, I wrote the quotes from the book on plain white material with fabric marker. In what was definitively, not my best writing.

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And that is it! If you’re from Pakistan, there’s a giveaway happening on my Instagram pages in which I’m giving away THIS VERY BAG and a booksleeve, a bookmark and a mug coaster, all three are Harry Potter themed. If you’re not from Pakistan, eh, check it out anyway?

Cheers!

 

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The Harry Potter Mega Organizer

It was actually The Harry Potter Mega Ultra Super-Awesome Rad-tasticly Creative Organizer but I feared that the sheer humility in it would put people off.

The backstory goes something like this: I had been using a zipper pouch for my receipts and tags and cards and shit and it was full to bursting. I’d been meaning to try a new idea for an organizer which has these sort of pages, if you will. I toyed with the idea of using different fabrics for the inside but then my thoughts turned to Harry Potter, as thoughts have a way of doing. My motto in life:

“Everything eventually leads to Harry Potter. Never fight it.”

Glad that bit of wisdom is out of my system. Dude, that rhymed.

So, I thought why shouln’t I just make it Harry Potter themed? And I went to Pinterest and got myself a headache. So many ideas in one place. It all slowly came together and while I’m proud of it. There are certain things that didn’t turn out like I wanted them to.

My biggest regret is adding interfacing. Always, I always do this. Attach lots of it everywhere and then it bulks up and it’s murder to sew after that. It’s a lesson I refuse to learn. Eurgh.

That was me when I had to struggle to put it all together at the end.

Here it is:

This is the Marauders’ Map. I bought this book box two years ago that was Cursed Child themed. It had a wand and a scarf and a bunch of bookmarks and stuff. This was that scarf. I didn’t think I was going to use it, like EVER so I cut it and applied interfacing and made it into this.

The front and the back is a full piece, there was a piece of the “Messers Moony…” bit on either side, I cut that up and made it into pockets, otherwise it would have been impractically ginormous. It’s wide enough as it is.

I’m pretty proud of that elastic binding I made, FYI.

Now, here’s the thing: it seems all nice and easy in theory but once you actually start, the harsh truths of life come crashing down. Like the fact that I had to separately assemble each page piece and figure out which to attach to each and what will be on the top and what will go on the bottom and… you get the idea.

These are the first two ‘pages’.

This is the section I cut out from each side of the main map piece. I had to attach these two together first, if you see closely there’s a stitch line in the middle of the title of the map.

Then I cut these strips from scrap pieces and sewed them together to make the Gryffindor background. The Ravenclaw pocket came from a zipper pouch from another  Harry Potter book box I got last July. I had been using it as a money pouch but when I started doing this, it had to go. Ehehee.

Now, these two pages aren’t attached together. Rather, the first page is attached to the very last page and these two make the inside of the map main piece. Then, this house page is attached to another one which is the second last page. These two make the bottom piece of the third and fourth pages. I can guarantee no one understands this. Okay, let’s move right on.

These are the third and fourth pages. These were attached to each other to make a complete panel.

I used a permanent marker for the doodles and then ironed the fabric to set the ink. This blue pocket was the back of that zipper pouch. RIP that pouch.

The other page is London-themed. No need to say more. I used vinyl so the design would be visible. Also, I didn’t do very sophisticated pockets because I just have to stuff things inside, the different types of things will be separated, hence the ‘organized’ bit and the pockets are big enough so that they’ll hold a lot more than one measly pouch did for a year. Seriously, I love that pouch (I made it, it was orange) but there was no way for me to keep things separate and whenever I had to fish something specific out it was a menace.

Last two pages!

These are the closest I came to a Harry Potter themed fabric in the local market. The right one has always been one of my favorites, it’s got a bunch of things that make for a perfect hp mashup print: coat of arms, keys, the colors, the snake/owl/lion hybrid creature. The seal is actually a piece of foam sheet.

Here’s how I attached them:

  • The Marauders’ Map title page  with The Hogwarts Letter page (first panel)
  • The Gryffindor/Ravenclaw page with The Stag page (second panel)
  • The doodle page with The London page (third panel)
  • Then I attached the main map piece with the first panel.
  • The second panel with the third panel.
  • And finally, laid this second+third atop the map+first and stitched a line in the middle. This was torture because of the bulk.

Aaaaand that is it. I did it!

The things we do for the love of Harry Potter, eh?

Cheers!

 

 

 

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Round Cross-body Bag

I had every intention of making this a tutorial post but I took one picture after cutting it and then forgot all about it. Tutorials are a lot of work, children. Furthermore, I do it only for fun.

I’ve learned several sewing techniques this past year which were awesome and made things which seemed enormously difficult at first much easier. One such technique was making the gusset of any bag. Once you’ve cracked that egg, a whole new world of bags awaits!

I made a circle about seven and a half inches in diameter on a piece of paper, then used it as a draft to cut the fabric pieces. The usual drill, two main pieces, two lining pieces, two interfacing pieces. I used polyester for this, I love how soft and squishy yet upright the project looks whenever I use it.

I love this print. It legit made me do a double-take in the shop. It’s a newspaper print from the Times 2012. DROOL.

The gusset consists of two pieces, one that is on top and has the zipper and the other on the bottom without the zipper. The upper part is further divided into two pieces which eventually connect with the zipper on each side and make one whole piece. For the bottom, zipper-less part of the gusset I used polyester and for the two-piece upper part I used fusible fleece. Lining as well for both parts.

Then there’s the strap, two small tabs and rectangular rings that connect the strap and the tabs. I did not make the strap adjustable as I don’t know how yet. This is what you get after all the cutting.

The strap isn’t in the picture.

The only “flaw” in this back is that it flips. Let me explain. What I did was, I cut it so that upper and lower parts of the gusset were equal, as in the zipper part ended right at the middle on both sides and the bottom part began. The strap juts out of the gusset right where the zipper ends are so the strap ends are exactly in the middle of the bag. This is what makes it flip. I didn’t anticipate that. If I had I would have made the zipper part shorter so that strap would be a little above the middle on both sides and it wouldn’t have flipped upside down then. Oh, well. At least, as long as it’s zipped shut nothing would tumble out so I guess it’s fine. Ish.

I still love it.

Very much.

The taxi reminds me of a game we used to play when we were kids. It was called Crazy Taxi. I loved that too.

I also had to quilt the pieces to prevent the polyester from moving around inside. I love prints which have big blocks or shapes which makes it easier. I just have to sew on the edges of those shapes, quilts it and hides the stitches as well.

Hidden seams which are a WIN.

Cheers!

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I Made Two New Shaped Pouches!

These two I’ve wanted to make for a while now. It took a significant amount of time for me to understand what Pinterest does and how it works besides showing a terribly addictive collage of all your favorite things. I pin a lot of stuff now just so I can get back to it later. I did the same with these two and when I finally had the time this past week, I got straight to it.

Boy, it was fun.

I had more fun with the lips one which was also easier to make. Probably because there was no fussing with measurements. I just traced a template by placing a piece of paper on my iPad and used it to cut two pieces for the front (inside and out) and two pieces for the back (same). You cut the front pieces in half, attach the zipper, then place it wrong side facing the right side of the inside back piece. Sew around. Then place the outside back piece right side facing down with the zipped up lip right side facing up. Sew around leaving a three inch gap, use it to turn it inside-out and sew the open part shut. Voila!

The slipper one was more tricky. All I had was the template of my own foot, the rest was guess work. It didn’t quite turn out as well as I was hoping but it’s not that bad looking, I guess. I’m sure I would have done better if I had a pattern. Eh, well. A couple of tries and I will make my own pattern just fine.

I actually collect zipper leftovers because I hate seeing them go to waste. Wouldn’t go to waste if I could get the size I wanted which I can’t since EVERY shop keeper here keeps them at least 10″ long. The couple of times we tried asking for shorter ones, we were shown considerable sass. We gave up.

I’m not even going to try explaining how to make the slipper one. Youtube shall be your proper guide, young (or not) Sewdawans!

Until I make something cooler then.

Cheers!

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The Evolution of Ze Booksleeves of Mine

I did a post months ago where I gave a written tutorial about how to make a simple booksleeve.  You can find it by clicking here: https://inaholetherelivedme.wordpress.com/2017/05/19/the-formidable-art-of-book-sleeve-making-demystified/


I’ve experimented quite a bit since then and now I have a design that I will probably stick to for a while.

   

It makes no sense to me whatsoever but they are very popular among the bookworms of Instagram or “Bookstagrammers” as they like to call themselves. Despite the fact that there are much more practical things like pouches and bags, etc, almost 60% of the orders I get are of booksleeves. It’s a little baffling but I am NOT complaining.

My sleeves went through three stages of evolution before finally settling (for the time being) on the fourth and final one. Kinda like this:

YEESH.

1. The New-Born Stage:

This is a picture I took mere weeks ago. I still have that very first sleeve I made, you see.

LOL

Salient Features:

None. Weeeeell, some. Lemme explain.

  • No backbone interfacing and thus flatter than a supermodel’s chest.
  • Very small in size. This edition of Wonder Woman is a paperback that is barely 7 or 8 inches in length and 5 or 6 inches in width.
  • Hidden seams inside.
  • Silk lining.
  • GORGEOUS AF print.

2. The Toddler Stage:

Salient Features:

  • Fusible interfacing. We have this really hard and sturdy one here that is the most commonly used. When the projects are folded over it takes the shit out of the machine to sew over the folds with this interfacing inside. I can tell by the noise it makes. Like it’s being choked or strangled.
  • A stout black fabric lining.
  • Slightly longer in length and width.
  • Maintained its shape.
  • Not soft or cushiony.

3- The Teenager Stage:

It was good while it lasted.

Salient Features:

  • I dropped the hard fusible one and started using this polyester batting instead, making the sleeves softer and fluffier.
  • Increased the size again to what it is now: 8.5″ by 11″.
  • I stopped using lining, with the polyester exposed from the inside.
  • Couldn’t do hidden seams so I started cutting the edges with pinking shears.

I was happy with this, what with not having the extra burden of attaching the lining. But one customer told me that the polyester was hindering the smooth going of the books inside the sleeves and if done by force, it was flaking off. See, I already knew that. When I first made it, I tried getting the book in and the same thing happened but I just put my hand inside and sort of smoothed it out and tried putting it in again. Didn’t bother after that. So, naturally, I thought it’d be okay. I did a poll asking the ones who’d bought the sleeves if they encountered the same problem, they said yes. I started using the lining after that.

4- The Young Adult Stage:

BEHOLD!

No, seriously, behold it!

Salient Features:

  • Big AF. Hardbacks can go in.
  • Fluffy and squishy and soft.
  • Hidden seams.
  • Lined as you can see.
  • Customizable.

I have the links to my Instagram shop down below, if anybody’s interested? The pictures are much better there and the whole feed just tells you how I started and how far I’ve come. There’s still much to learn but I’m learning it slowly and happily.

Do you have a booksleeve? How often do you use it? Tell me!

 

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Super-Nerdy Gaming Remote-Shaped Pouch (OR That One Time I Impressed Myself)

This idea/design/piece of pure awesomeness is original. I repeat: my brain gave birth to this ALL ON ITS OWN. It was not impregnated by the internet. No, sir.

Oh, and this is a tutorial. You may officially begin thanking me.

This was about a week and a half ago. I had just read Warcross by Marie Lu (EXCELLENT book, just FYI) and I was making shaped pouches. Saw one shaped like a tea cup and made that but then there was like this TINGGGG in my brain and the spotlight of genius ideas immediately landed on my brother’s gaming remote. It’s a sleek looking thing and really pretty. Immediately, I was like, IMMA GO MAKE THIS SHIT. Tonight’s really not my “speak-the-eloquent-speech” night so forgive the ‘immas’ and the ‘likes’.

So … I’ll try to let the pictures do the talking:

1. I trace the thing.

ISN’T SHE A BEAUTY? Look me in the eye and tell me you aren’t seduced by how gorgeous she is.

2. After tracing.

I draw another line a quarter inch away from the original on all sides, that’s the one I’ll be cutting.

3. I cut the thing.

4. I take some long-forgotten black velvet pieces that I had and since they turn out to be smaller for my purposes, I stitch them together to make two pieces, the front and back.

BEFORE…

AFTER…

5- I decide to add a zipper at the center of the back piece so while I’m stitching the velvet pieces for the back, I make sure to leave an opening in the middle to insert the zipper. (I’m not sure why I’m going in present tense but O-KAY)

Like, so:

If the fabric you chose is full-sized (?) and you don’t need to stitch pieces together like I do here, then you can make a cut in the middle and insert the zipper through the, uh, insert zipper method. Which I won’t be explaining here. Eh. If you’re a practiced sewist you probably already know. If not, none of this will be making sense anyway…

A VERY IMPORTANT thing I should mention, the velvet I use in this project is blessedly of a kind that does not fray. My life=SO much easier.

(If the incessant use of gifs is annoying you, deal with it)

6- I use the pattern I made to cut the front and back of the pouch, making sure that the slit I left unstitched is in the middle of the back piece.

Left – Back Piece     ,     Right – Front Piece

7- I cut the lining and interfacing for the front piece. Lining because when the zipper opens on the back, the inside will be visible and interfacing because I wanted the front of the pouch to give a realistic 3-D effect. The interfacing is actually polyester. I don’t know what it’s called. Batting? Padding? Eh.

8- I prepare the buttons. 3-D and a huge pain in the butt. You decide how you want your buttons to be. I just use what I had here and made them however I saw fit at the time.

This is a neat little trick for making appliques and turning them inside out.

Use the hole to flip the buttons inside out.

Fabric Markers. The greatest invention for sewists since the needle itself.

I want the buttons to be squishy and pushy and stuff so I do this dumb shit which took a lot of time and grunting.

9– I attach/sew the buttons to the front piece.

The three on the top are again really small velvet ones, the two on the sides are black and the middle one is burgundy. I couldn’t even see them properly, they were so small and sewing them on wasn’t picnic either.

10- I take the padding/batting, sandwich it between the main piece and lining and sew all the way around. HUZZAH.

11- I attach the front and back together. I would have added the zipper to the back first but I didn’t have a black zipper at the time.

12-  I add these pieces on extra-ness on the shoulders of the remote. They have those on real ones. There are square pieces of felt (like the buttons) underneath them to make them puff up a little. Also, this little loop thingy above the zipper slit is meant to hold the cord which you’ll see soon enough.

13- I slide the zipper in, tuck the edges inside over the zipper and sew on top.

This is what it looks like on the inside of the back piece.

14- Finally, I place the front and back, right sides together and sew all the way around, then use the zipper slit to turn it inside out. Keep the zipper open, otherwise you’re screwed.

This cord was meant to imitate the wires that come out of these remotes and was supposed to be purely ornamental. BUT, it is useful! You’ll see. I just tied it in a knot around the loop.

USE # 1:

USE # 2:

And this, peasants people, is how I made this RAD AF little purse. You’re a hundred percent free to try. I give thee permission.

P.S: I’m sorry if I sound like a pompous peacock in this post. One of my friends said that I’m too self-deprecating so I tried to change that. Turns out I have only two modes: self-deprecatory or annoyingly arrogant.

 

 

 

Posted in Cool Sewing Projects, Me Stuff

Good-sized Back-to-School Bag

More like “Back to University” bag since the person who requested this is a university student. I’ve been incredibly uninspired lately when it comes to my blog. I mentally berate myself everyday and say that today I will write something but I never do. So here is a super-boring post about this bag that I sewed.

She didn’t request this particular bag, just asked me to make something big enough to fit her supplies and notebooks and stuff. I just went ahead and made what I thought would fit her needs. This is an original creation. I did not copy this from some place else.

NOTE: This is not a tutorial.

Like I said, uninspired and just not feeling it.

This print is a favorite among everyone and I call it “FoxFell” on the suggestion of a friend. There are two versions of this, one with a darker midnight blue background and the other with a lighter grey one. I used both here to create a nice contrast. No interfacing or lining was used. Oh, and the fabric is flannelette so it’s quite soft and sturdy.

I believe the main pieces I cut were somewhere around 16″ x 14″. From there I just adjusted other pieces and pockets to go with it. This was kind of a last minute thing so I did it very quickly and hastily. The back of the bag, as you can see, is upside down, print-wise. This was deliberate.

The front piece has a little flap pocket that again, has no lining inside and no velcro tape as well. I tested if it would close nicely without the tape and it did so I didn’t add that. (PSSHT: *Pinking shears are life savers*)

Moreover, I didn’t sew the top edge of the flap to the bag, if I had done that the pocket would have been secure, not that it isn’t already, but it wouldn’t have served as a double pocket. So, yeah, that worked out and I wasn’t even planning that.

The back of the bag has a inside zippered pocket which are mostly attached in big bags. I loved sewing that zipper for some reason.

Then there are the sides which also have one pocket each. Those sides are really wide and pockets big to give the bag depth and to fit as much as possible.

I experimented with the straps, I have never done ones like this before. They’re attached to handles, all four corners. It gives a nice touch.

The thing she did request was that I add a zipper on top of the bag. That’s the only part I didn’t like. It was needlessly complicated.

I’m a little paranoid by nature. My biggest fear when it comes to the things I make is that they’ll all come apart, I stitch and double stitch for this reason. Even after doing that, I’m afraid that the fabric won’t be able to handle too much stress or whatever. God help me. I hope that never happens.