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« on: June 04, 2011 04:50:01 AM »

One for the festival goers!

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I made this for the Metal Swap I  organised recently. It's a a fashion accessory with a secret! A cuff with a secret zip compartment for for keeping your money (for MONEY people!) safe when you're out moshing :-)

Cuff Purse  Tutorial!!  
This pattern was drafted on my own wrist, which is 6 in circumference.
Pattern Pieces:
I haven't figured out the whole PDF thing yet, so I've included a tape measure on each one so you can be sure you've got the sizes right for printing.

Constructing the Cuff I'm using faux leather, don't let PVC put you off... it's not terribly difficult to work with and I'm just using a regular sewing needle.

So first baste together where your zip is going to be placed, you're going to unpick these stitches later so keep your machine on a long stitch length and a looseish tension. (you shouldn't use pins with PVC because it's possible the holes will stay visible, it's not a problem for me here because the surface of the PVC I'm using is textured)

You need to press the seam open on the underside. If you are using PVC you need to keep your iron on a low heat and use a teatowel or pressing cloth between your iron and your work or you will melt that sucker to your iron... bad times...

This is what your zipper foot looks like, use it...

place your zip on the inside of your work like this and stitch it in place.

so it looks like this on the right side.

this is where you need to unpick your stitches, Then you want to unzip your zip (very important!)

ok this is a nice wide piece of elastic, it's going to be the fastening. Since I made this for a swap, I wanted to make it a little adjustable so I put several button holes on this piece of elastic, I marked it out,  

Button holes are nice and simple on my machine, these red stitches are my button hole stitches (read your instruction book for your particular machine)

Sew on some buttons

Then you need to layer everything up for the final  stitches... remember your ZIP should be UNDONE and both sides should have RIGHT SIDES FACING... then go ahead and sew all the pieces together around the outside...

Then trim all the seam allowances away and turn it right side out (through your open zip!).
et voila!

yea, so... You're free to use this pattern/tutorial for non-commercial purposes, just don't sell it or claim it as your own work... kthanx  Smiley
and PLEASE please PLEEEEAASSSEEE let me know if you make one for yourself  Smiley I'd love to see what you did  Cheesy

x GS
« Last Edit: June 04, 2011 10:43:36 AM by kaz814 » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2011 06:43:25 AM »

Love this idea. I want one. I'll let you know when I make one. This is so useful. I hate bringing a purse to places where its not always safe but you always need money. My husband gets mad when there's money peaking out of my back pocket.

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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2011 10:42:46 AM »

This is really cool! Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2011 11:47:14 AM »

thankyou both :-)

@Helena - exactly! like I said this was made with music festivals in mind, serious danger of pickpocketing if I did it again I'd use press studs instead of buttons to make it easier to get on/off.

@kaz  Cheesy Cheesy I know, I'm dropping tutorials all over craftster at the moment (I'm even being good and not linking to my blog  Wink )

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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2011 06:40:33 PM »

Very nice! Fashionable and quite practical. Thanks for this one!
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2011 04:20:09 AM »

That's totally cool!  I wonder how well this would work with jersey fabric?  then you likely wouldn't need the elastic and could just slide it on and off.  Hmmmmm . . . . might need to give it a try!

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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2011 05:46:25 AM »

good point Padester, you'd have to make sure your stitches would stretch a little (using a serger or a short zigzag stich might work... )


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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2011 08:18:42 PM »

 Grin this is smart! now I dont have to shove my money in my shirt lol
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« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2011 08:08:29 AM »

What a cool idea! I may have to make one of these things. Wink

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