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1  A very late Christmas present... (Upcycled Quilt) in Quilting: Completed Projects by jesskreck on: January 31, 2011 07:41:25 PM
Once upon a time there was a very optimistic and delusional crafter who thought she could make a quilt in two weeks, in time to give it to her boyfriend for Christmas.  She industriously chose the fabrics, came up with a design and spent hours ironing, cutting out and stitching squares... and then she realized that there was no way she'd finish that quilt on time!

Well, six weeks later, our hero has triumphed over her procrastinating ways and finished the quilt! Behold:

[Okay, I'll stop talking in the third person...]

This is my second quilt and I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I wanted to make a quilt entirely out of second-hand fabrics, so I used 7 large men's dress shirts and 2 high quality sheets from a thrift shop -- altogether, the fabrics cost less than $50, which is very reasonable considering how nice the fabric is.

I tried to keep some of the pockets and tailored details from the dress shirts, and I really like how it turned out...

Last fall I invested in a computerized sewing machine.  This was my first big project since buying that machine, and I could really tell the difference that a nice machine makes.  My machine has lettering stitches, so I had to test them out on a little label.  Also, notice how the label says "Jan. 2011"?  This was on purpose, to force myself to finish the quilt by the end of the month. (It totally worked!)

The size of this quilt (66" x 90") made it pretty challenging to do the actual quilting, especially at the centre of the quilt.  That said, this was a fairly easy quilt to make as it is made entirely of squares and I just quilted along the seams.  Now I'm itching to do something with more complicated patchwork, but I'll definitely start with something smaller, not give myself an impossible deadline!

Thanks so much for looking, and please feel free to post any questions!

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2  Gettin' my poppy on! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by jesskreck on: May 17, 2009 12:51:51 PM
I have been on a pouch kick of late.  I present to you the fruits of my labours:

These were really fun to make, and the poppies are a great way to use up scraps. 

Thanks for looking!  Let me know what you think!
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3  TUTORIAL! Make a lined pleated pouch! (image heavy) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by jesskreck on: March 19, 2009 10:09:08 PM
I posted a bunch of pleated pouches last week and got requests for a tutorial, so here she be!

This tutorial is for a lined, pleated pouch.  This can be used for any size or shape of pouch, so be creative!  

(If you have never made a lined zipper pouch before, this tutorial by e.r.i.k.a. is really, really clear and helpful -- that's where I learned!  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=22875.0 )

The finished pouch:

To start, I made a template for my pouch out of a piece of cardboard.  I learned (the hard way) that it is a good idea to fold the cardboard in half to make sure the shape is symmetrical.  This template includes .5" for a seam allowance.

You will need:

- 2 rectangles for exterior of pouch (mine are 6" by 9"), and two pieces of interfacing of the same size
- 2 rectangles for top band of pouch (mine are 3" by 6") and two pieces of interfacing of the same size
- 2 pouch-shaped pieces of fabric for the lining (trace the template!)
- a zipper (I used a 7" zipper)

Iron the interfacing to the rectangles of fabric.

Then, on the rectangles for the exterior of the pouch, mark out 1" at the centre, and 1.5" on either side of that to guide you when making the pleats.  (You can adjust this depending on the size of your pouch, or add more pleats!)

Then, iron the marks you made together and pin them in place to form pleats.

Then, sew along the top of the pleats to keep them in place (this part doesn't have to look pretty, you won't see it)

NOW!  Pin the small rectangle to the top of the larger, pleated rectangle (good sides together), and sew straight across.  Make sure that the pieces are centred, and that the pleats stay in place while you sew over them.

Next, fold the small rectangle up and top stitch along the seam.

And do it again for the other side!

Now you attach each of these pieces to the zipper, so switch to your zipper foot.  Here, the four pieces of fabric you have (two pieces with pleats and the two lining pieces) can be used in e.r.i.k.a.'s tutorial.

And you'll end up with this:

Now, top stitch on either side of the zipper to keep things neat (and to keep the lining from getting caught in the zipper... I also learned that the hard way!)

Now you have all of your pieces attached to the zipper.  

The next part is to sew these pieces together.  Open the zipper to about halfway, and pin together the lining pieces and the exterior pieces, with right sides together.  Make sure you have the zipper in the middle so you don't end up with it outside the seam!

This is the part of the show where I like to trace the shape of the pouch onto the exterior of the pouch.  I find it easier to do it at this point so that you can keep everything neat, but you could also do this when you first cut out your fabric (just remember the shape would be different because you'll have to still add the pleats).

Next, trim the excess fabric.  Now you're ready to sew the pouch!!  Switch back to your regular foot.  You can sew the pouch in one go.  Start at the side of your lining, and sew up the side, across the zipper (be careful for metal zippers / metal parts, they may break your needle...), around the shape of the pouch exterior, across the other side of the zipper and back to the bottom of the other side of the lining.  Make sure you leave an opening that is at least 3 or 4 inches at the bottom of your lining pieces!  This is where you will turn the pouch right side out, and you sew it up at the end.

Now, turn the pouch right side out through that opening and make sure that you like the shape of the pouch, and that it's symmetrical.  If not, you can reshape the pouch by turning it inside out again and sewing a new shape (as I did in this picture).  When you are happy with the pouch, finish with a zigzag stitch along the edges of your lining and pouch exterior.

Now, turn your pouch right side out and sew up the opening at the bottom of your lining.  Do this by tucking the raw edges inside and sewing along the seam.

Look at you!  You made a pouch!!

Like I mentioned, this can be adapted for any size you want to make, and you can add more pleats, buttons, anything!  Here is a wristlet that I made using the same method, just with a different shape and more pleats, and a wrist strap.

I hope this tutorial was clear enough!  Let me know if you have any questions or tips, and it would be awesome if people posted their own pouches so I can see!

Cheers!  Smiley
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4  Re: Even more pleated pouches! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by jesskreck on: March 14, 2009 08:17:14 AM
Here's an example of a wristlet I made with the same kind of pattern, just different dimensions and more pleats:

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5  Even more pleated pouches! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by jesskreck on: March 13, 2009 11:34:10 AM
Update:  I made a tutorial for these pouches:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=297513.0
I can't stop making these pleated pouches!  They are a great way to use up small bits of cool fabric, and you can use any patterns or colours, because they're just pouches not purses!

Most of these pouches are made of reused fabrics, so they are also a good way to use clothes or other fabric items that you love but don't want to get rid of.

Wait... is that a PAC-MAN character?  Let's get a closer look!

(and the other side of that one...)

The PAC-MAN fabric is one of my best thrift store finds ever -- a PAC-MAN duvet cover.  I plan to make myself an entire PAC-MAN wardrobe one these days!

Thanks so much for looking!  Let me know what you think!  And feel free to leave any advice or questions!

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6  Pleated Pouches!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by jesskreck on: February 07, 2009 11:01:12 AM
Hi everyone!

These are a few pleated pouches that I've made in the last few days.  They are fairly easy to make, and are a great way to use scraps of fabric.  (I'm all about the scraps!)  The top band of these pouches is about 5" wide, and the pouches are about 6" long, so you really don't need much fabric at all.  The shape of the pouch part is a bit tricky, depending on the fabric you are using -- I had to resew these pouches a few times.

The first 3 of these pouches are made of second-hand fabrics:

For this last one, I dipped into my new fabric stash... but it was a present for a friend so that's okay...

Thanks so much for looking!  I'm all ears if you have any tips or suggestions for this kind of pouch!
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7  Poppy pins! (part deux) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by jesskreck on: February 02, 2009 07:05:43 AM
Hi everyone!

I went on a poppy pin making spree the other day and thought I'd share the fruits of my labour.  These pins are simple to make and are a great way to use up little scraps of fabric.  These pins all measure 3" wide.

Thanks for looking!  Let me know what you think! (or any ideas you might have to add some more FLAIR to these pins!)
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8  My first pleated purses! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by jesskreck on: January 12, 2009 07:36:15 AM
Hi all!

Last summer I bought an awesome pleated purse from Etsy and every time I use it I think "yeeesh, I should at least try to make a pleated purse" .... I finally gave it a shot last week and I'm happy with how my first two purses turned out! 

I would recommend using some kind of thick cotton or corduroy that you can iron easily.  I attempted to use some poly blend suiting material with interfacing and it didn't really work.  I also found that it was easiest to do the pleating detail first and then draw out the outline of the purse afterwards to keep the pleats centred. 

My next goal is to try and make a purse with gathers at the top and bottom...

Thanks for looking!!  Let me know what you think (and any pleated purse advice/tips you might have)!!
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9  "Scraps are fabric too!" shoulder bags in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by jesskreck on: December 12, 2008 06:16:20 PM
Hi everyone!!!

I can't throw fabric away, even if it is one inch square.  As a result, I have bags of scraps!  I thought that I'd post some pictures of some purses that I've made in the last few months using leftover pieces of fabric...perhaps this will inspire others to dig into their scrap stash and keep saving those scraps!

Scraps!  Free, eco-friendly (reusing!)...what's not to love?

Thanks for looking!!  Let me know what you think!


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10  Poppy pins! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by jesskreck on: November 07, 2008 01:08:13 PM
Hi everyone!

These pins are very simple to make and there's lots of room for creativity.  This is a good way to use up small bits of leftover fabric (because it's so hard to throw bits of fabric away!!!) 

The ones here are very simple, just 3 circles of fabric with a zig zag stitch around the edges and sewn to a safety pin, but I think they're really cute and definitely add some flair to a jacket or purse. 

Thanks so much for looking, let me know what you think!! 

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