SuppliesW-Tutorial_SewingCaddy_Supplies

  • Fabric –  three or four fat quarters, or ½ yard of fabric depending on preference.
  • Pellon SF101 fusible interfacing
  • fabric marking tool
  • coordinating thread
  • pins or clips
  • for optional pin cushion: Fiberfill, or batting or fabric scraps

Preparation:

Cut the following from both fabric and interfacing:

MAIN PIECE – cut 2 (each) 8.5”w x 14”h     POCKET PIECE – cut 15.25”w x 15”h {I

note: the bottom half of this fabric will face outward, if placement matters

STRAP PIECE – cut 15.25”w x 4” h

PIN CUSHION – cut 4.5”w x 9” h

Instructions

1.  Fuse interfacing to each corresponding fabric piece (keep iron on and ready to use).

2.  Take the POCKET PIECE and fold in half and press with iron.  (The POCKET PIECE should now   measure 15.25”w x 7.5”h).  The folded edge is now the top, and the unfinished edges are the bottom.  (See Step 1a)

Step 1a

Step 1a

Step 1b

Step 1b

(See Step 1b) Using a fabric marking tool, make the following marks within the ½” seam allowance along the bottom edge of the front side:

I (straight line) at 1”,  2.5”, 4”, 8”, 9.5” and 11”

^ (or an arrow) at 1.75”, 3.25”, 8.25” and 10.25”

Fold the POCKET PIECE in an accordion-like fashion by folding the arrow markings back and joining the straight lines together.  Press creases well and set this piece aside. (See Step 1c)

Step 1c

Step 1c

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Step 2

3.  While iron is still out, fold STRAP PIECE in half lengthwise and press.  Open and fold each long unfinished edge in toward middle crease and press again.  Lastly, fold in half lengthwise along previous crease so raw edges are enclosed and pin or clip.  Topstitch at about ⅛” along each long edge. (See Step 2)

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Step 3a

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Step 3b

4.  Place STRAP PIECE on top of POCKET PIECE 1.5” from the top (folded) edge (you will need to unfold the POCKET PIECE for now).  Pin in place.  Also draw a stitching line at 4” from the top of the POCKET PIECE extending from the right edge over to the final crease. (See Step 3a & 3b)

5.  Re-fold the POCKET PIECE along the creases you made earlier.  Clip or pin the folded parts together securely without going through the top layer.  From the back side, sew a line through the folded layers beginning at the bottom edge and extending about 2” upward.  Repeat for the other folded side.  *The stitching should not go through the top layer of fabric.  (See Step 4a)

Step 4a

Step 4a

Now, fold all the creases properly, so that the folds lay under the front of the POCKET PIECE (See Step 4b).   Baste in place along the bottom edge of the pocket.

Step 4b

Step 4b

6.  Lay one MAIN PIECE right side up.  Place the POCKET PIECE on top, also right side facing up, and align the bottom and sides.  The sides should match up evenly, but depending on the folding, you might end up with one piece slightly off.  Trim, if necessary, to make the sides match (if you need to trim the MAIN PIECE, be sure to trim both PIECES).  Pin and/or baste POCKET PIECE to the MAIN PIECE along the sides and bottom close to the edge. (See Step 5)

Step 5a

Step 5

7.  Sew along the stitching line you marked previously (4” from the top of the POCKET PIECE, from the right edge to the first crease). (See Step 6)

Step 6

Step 6

8.  Sew along the first crease from the right edge, beginning at the bottom edge and going to the top, backstitching over the top where the POCKET PIECE ends.  For extra security, you may want to stitch a few stitches perpendicular to this line of stitching (parallel to the top edge).  Also, sew along the first crease from the left edge at least near the top, securing the top the same way you did on the other side.

9.  Lay the second MAIN PIECE with right sides together facing down on top of both the first MAIN PIECE and the POCKET PIECE (right sides are together).  Sew at ½” along the right edge, across the bottom and along the left edge, leaving the top edge unsewn. (See Step 7a)

Step 7a

Step 7a

10.  Clip corners and then turn right sides out.  (See Step 7b)

Step 7b

Step 7b

Along the open top edge, turn ½” seam allowance to the inside and topstitch the opening closed or hand stitch.  You can also choose to topstitch around the entire perimeter.  You are done!

W-Tutorial_SewingCaddy_DoneOptional Pincushion:

Fold in half with right sides together and press.  If using Wildland Patch, be sure to fold along the line between patches.  Use clips or pins to secure.

Sew at a scant ½” along the three open sides, leaving a 2” opening.  Clip corners.

Turn right side out through opening.  Fill with Fiberfill, fabric or batting scraps.

At opening, turn seam allowance to the inside and close the opening with your preferred method (hand stitch, edge stitch, Stitch Witchery, etc)

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