Enjoy the tutorial! (Click on any photo to enlarge)
- Cut 2 lining pieces: 6 1/2" x 8 1/2"
- Cut 2 solid linen pieces: 9 1/2" x 4 1/2"
- Cut 2 printed cotton pieces: 9 1/2" x 3"
- scrap of same printed cotton piece for the applique of the embroidered bird
- Heat n' Bond Lite (optional) enough to applique the bird, follow directions on package
- One 7" zipper (I buy these in bulk at Zipperstop.com)
- Heavy Duty spray starch
- Tear Away embroidery stabilizer of your choice
- Scribbled Bird design, use the 2x3" applique
|Starch all fabric pieces before starting|
Sew each linen piece to each top piece to form the exterior of the bag. Add some tear away stabilizer to the back in preparation for machine embroidery. Place the hoop in the bottom left corner. Of course you can embroider the bird anywhere, I just like it in a corner.
Attach hoop to machine, place bird in desirable location (at least an inch from each side, and stitch placement stitch.
|Stitch placement stitch first|
|Optional but recommended, fuse Heat n' Bond Lite to scrap for bird. Prevents puckering and fraying.|
|Second, place your fabric scrap over the placement stitching and stitch in place.|
Remove hoop from machine and trim excess fabric from bird.
|Finish the topstiching for the bird.|
View from back. Always tear away excess stabilizer after embroidery is done. After embroidery, trim down exterior pieces to match the size of the lining pieces, 6 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Place zipper, face down onto your exterior embroidered piece of fabric.
Place one lining piece face down onto zipper and pin.
|Needle to left, stitch length of 3|
This is what it looks like after sewing one exterior piece to one lining piece with the zipper.
Place the lining and exterior pieces sewn with the zipper, wrong sides to together, as seen below.
Then, following picture below, take the other lining piece and other exterior piece and "sandwich" the other side of the zipper between those two fabric pieces.
Pin together just like you did the first time. Lining, edge of zipper tape, and exterior piece should all have edges together.
Sew just like you did the first time.
This is how the bag should look now.
Pulling fabric away from zipper, iron and starch.
This is how it looks all topstitched on the front.
And from the back:
Unzip about 3/4 of the way down.
Place exterior pieces together (right sides together) and lining pieces together (right sides together.)
|The black line marks the spot where you should pin and where you want the needle of the sewing machine to pass through.|
|Pin and sew through the black line|
Sew all the way around the perimeter (leaving opening to turn) about 1/2"-3/4" seam allowance and trim corners.
Turn bag right side out through opening in lining, tuck raw ends of lining into bag and sew shut. (Don't you love my green chipped manicure!)
Tuck lining into bag, iron, and enjoy.