I can only speak for myself... but I had a great night in... How about YoU?
And I'll certainly be in for FNSI with Heidi and Bobbi on the 3rd Friday in November.
Because it was the first Friday night with Friends... I decided to make a tutorial on how to make a tool tidy.
It was originally published in HANDMADE vol 28 no 7 "Christmas Gift Giving"... but if you don't have this issue... feel free to use my tut.
I needed to make one so I thought I would share!
First, gather the essentials...
1. I used a fat 1/4 of 2 fabrics because I had them, but you would get away with using 2 x fat 1/8th for a tidy plus 1/8 of lining.
2. 12in x 10in rectangle of Pellon.
3. 30cm of ricrac (or fancy cord like I used).
4. 90cm thin cord or ribbon.
5. 2 x 1inch (25mm) buttons... or smaller if using on top of lace like I did.
6. 50cm of 15mm (5/8) twill tape. I used a slightly wider twill as I had it on hand. I just folded it and stitched in down the edges.
From the green fabric I cut one 2in x 10in strip... one 6in x 10in rectangle for the back and also two 2in x 5in strips for the tabs. Then I used the same green fabric for the lining so I cut two 6in x 10in rectangles. I also cut the 12in x 10in rectangle of pellon in two to make each piece 6in x 10in.
Make the tabs first by folding a 2in x 5in strip in 1/2 widthways. With right sides together, stitch down each side. Clip the corners and turn right side out and press. Repeat for the other tab.
Pin one tab on the left hand edge of floral (main) fabric, 2 1/4in up from lower edge, Pin the other tab 1 in up from the first one. Top stitch around both tabs 1/4in from the edge through ALL layers.
Pin the 2in x 10in green strip to the left hand side of the floral fabric (with the tabs on it). Stitch a 1/4 in seam. Press the seam outwards.
Stitch down from the top to first DOT... leave the gap... start at the second DOT, then stitch down side seam, across the base and up the other side stopping at the first dot... leave the gap again... start at the second DOT... and stitch to top.
With right sides facing and using a 1/4in seam, stitch front to back... along side seams and base...leaving a 3 inch gap along one side to allow for turning. Leave lining with right sides still together.
Put the bag inside the lining... being careful to place handles inside and out of the way. Align the side seams and top edge, pin in place, stitch around the top edge.
Turn the bag out through the opening in the lining, then slip stitch the opening closed.
Push the lining neatly inside the tidy.
Press the tidy and then topstitch 1/8 in from the top edge.
Stitch a line around the tidy 1/2 in down from the top edge... then sew another one 1/2 down from previous row. These should line up with gaps in the side seams.
and is a real cutie!
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