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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Pumpkin Costume for a 3 year old on: October 17, 2005 12:54:30 PM
I'm very proud of myself and thought I'd share....

Just finished this way too cute (and I mean that) jack-o-lantern costume per my 3 year olds request...

I used remnant fabric and made up my own pattern based on a globe (one piece of paper, with the ends cut into six curved panels that fit together into a sphere)... total cost = $4.00!!!!  

I love the hat!!

Made the hat from Paper Twist, an old CoolWhip container, floral wire and floral tape!  Stuffed the whole thing with plastic bags!!!  YEA Recycling!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / *TUTORIAL* Patchwork Purses...Reversible! Adjustable! on: August 31, 2005 02:58:40 PM


So, this is how I make my funky patchwork bags that reverse to a patch-free interior (for those days where youre feeling not-so-funky) but if you dont have a large enough piece of fabric for the interior and/or straps, feel free to patch that together too!  The directions are detailed, (I used to write computer manuals for a living) but that doesnt mean this is hard to do in fact its very easy or I wouldnt be able to do it either.  It will take some time, though....Not counting the time spent cutting out the patchwork squares; it only takes about an hour to construct this thing.  And of course, pillowcases, sheets, tablecloths or drapes make great interior/strap fabrics!

Bag Exterior:  4x4 squares of miscellaneous scraps 32 squares in all (mix it up, but I like to include a few pieces of my interior fabric for continuity)
Bag Interior:  32x14 piece of interior fabric
Strap:      (1) 45x5 strip for the strap and (1) 10x5 strip for the adjustable loop

-I highly recommend a sewing machine, but thats not to say you cant do this by hand.
-Thread in whichever color you have/ suits your fancy or if you care, matches your interior/strap fabric.
-Scissors (or Rotary Cutter & Mat)
-Pins I hate pinning. You'll only need a few.  Promise.


1.   Try to be precise when cutting your 4x4 squares, so that they all line up neatly in the final product.  I used a rotary cutter for precision, but its not necessary. HINT!  Many fabrics will tear in a straight line (i.e., cottons) so take advantage and tear some long 4 strips, then cut the torn strips into 4 squares.  2.   Lay out your design, mixing & matching to your hearts content.  Your layout should have four (4) squares across in each row and eight 8 squares down.

3.   Sew your first row:  Patch two squares (right sides together) along one side with seam.  Following your layout, add another square, then another to total 4 squares across. 
4.   Repeat step 3 for each row of 4 squares.  Goal= 8 rows of 4 squares across. 

5.   With right sides together, match up rows 1 & 2 and stitch them together, with seam.  Now you should have 4 squares across and 2 squares down.  Iron the seams flat? Yeah, sure if you feel like it.  I havent found it to be too necessary.  Pins? Who needs pins just match up your squares as you are sewing along, and you should be just fine.  If not, who cares?  Its just goofy patchwork!

6.   Keep going!  Youll very soon have 4 squares across and 8 rows down.  NowRelax!  The hardest part is OVER!
7.   Fold patchwork in half (right sides together) on the seam of rows 4 and 5.  This seam is the bottom.
8.   Stitch the sides together, but make sure that the finished exterior is no wider than 13 remember, you have a 14 wide piece of interior fabric and youre gonna need to allow for seams.
9.   Trim any excess from the side seams to neaten things up.   Trim the top of the bag straight, but leave it open and un-hemmed. 
10.   Turn the patchwork right side out.

11.   Fold 32x14 interior fabric in half so that you have a 14x16rectangle.  The fold line will be the bottom of the interior.  The interior fabric should be about 2 inches longer at the top than your finished patchwork for your nice cuffed top edge.  See steps 15&16...
12.   With right sides together, stitch the interior fabric sides to equal the width of you finished patchwork plus   (i.e., if your patchwork width is 12 inches, your interior width should measure 12 ).   The interior needs to be wider so that the patchwork doesnt pucker on steps 15&16

13.   Trim any excess fabric from the seam.  Leave the interior inside-out.

14.   With the patchwork right-side out and the Interior inside-out, insert the interior into the patchwork bag (wrong sides together).  Put your hand into the bag (note how the "right side" of the interior is actually the inside of the bag where your hand is.  This is because you remembered to insert the interior into the patchwork bag inside-out.  That's good.  When you reverse it, all the seams will be in between both fabrics).  With your hand still inside, poke your fingers into the bottom corners to get everything all situated, then pin the corners together through all layers one pin on each corner and one in the middle. This will keep the fabric from shifting too while you finish the top.  Dang!  Had to use some pins after all
15.   Fold the too long interior fabric down about to the outside of the bag.  Fold it down again this time, far enough that your first folded edge covers the patchwork by about .  This makes a nice neat cuff on the top of the patchwork side, and a smooth interior. Youll want to use a few pins here, too... 

16.   Stitch from the top and bottom edges of the cuff to finish off the top.   Un-Pin everything.

17.   Fold the long edges of the 45x5 strip to the middle.  Fold the strip in half lengthwise, with the raw edges concealed inside.  Sew edge all the way around the strap, folding in the short ends as you go along, so that no raw edges show.  Do the same with the 10x5 strip.

18.   Fold the 10 strap in half and sew it onto a top corner of the bag to form a loop.  I like to sew it on with a nice sturdy X inside a square. 
19.   Sew the 45 strap to the opposite top corner of the bag.  Thread the strap through the loop, adjust the length and tie a single knot.  DONE!


3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork Purses on: August 29, 2005 03:04:06 PM
Whoa!  First post - hope you likey.
I've been creating these groovy 12"x12" patchwork bags for a week or two, thinking that I might sell them at a local wearable arts fair... Are they cool enough to buy for $20 or so? I sewed them with the intent of *not* matching the patchwork ('cause I like it that way) and then I made them reversable to a plain side for those days when one is not feeling as bohemian as one ought to be.  I also made the strap adjustable by attaching a 3" loop to one side of the bag and a 45" strap to the other side... just tie it up, baby!  Cross it over your chest, wear it long or wear it short... whatever.
Any thoughts?  Thanks for looking!

BTW - These are *really* Simple to make- and are totally great for using up all your goofy scraps - especially if you have a piece of fabric that you LOVE but don't have too much of.... TUT anyone?

 Purse 1 Patchwork Side (Exterior):

Purse 1 Plain Side (Interior):

Purse 2 Patchwork Side:

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