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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / I need help making a Round Pencil Case on: March 21, 2005 07:44:20 PM
I'm trying to make a cylindrical pencil case about 12" long with a zipper and lining. Something like this:

{Please excuse my cheesy paintbrush drawing}
Does anyone have a pattern or know where I can find one?  If not, any tips you can provide?

Anything and everything is appreciated!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / TUTORIAL: Make a Lined Zippered Pouch on: January 17, 2005 06:33:00 PM
I have been dying to learn how to make a lined, zippered pouch FO-EVER!  I've tried and tried with no success until today!  I used dyabolica's post (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=10165.0) to guide me.  I'm making this tutorial only because I felt like a little elaboration would benefit those of us who are a little more inept.  

Here goes:

Step 1: Assemble your ingredients. I used 6 1/2" x 10" fabric pieces and an 8" zipper.  

Iron your fabric to get it flat -- I'm not fantastic about getting all the wrinkles out, as you can see.

Step 2: Place the zipper WRONG SIDE UP on one piece of the exterior fabric.  The fabric should be RIGHT SIDE UP.   Pin in place and stitch along the top part of the zipper using your zipper foot.

Step 3: Once the first exterior is securely sewn to the top portion of the zipper, place one of the lining fabric pieces, WRONG SIDE UP, directly on top of the zipper.  Line up the edges and stitch in place right along the top.  Ultimately you'll be stitching on top of the previous stitch.

Step 4: Now open it up by separating the lining and exterior fabric and folding over the lining so that the WRONG side of both fabrics are facing each other.  Here are two views of what you should have up to this point. The zipper should be sandwiched between the two fabrics.  I pressed the whole thing to keep it flat.

Step 5: Now you'll have to do the same thing for the other side of the zipper.  Place the remaing exterior fabric piece on top of the zipper, which should be RIGHT SIDE UP.  Line up the top and side edges. Now stitch.  Here are three different views.  

Step 6: To attach the lining, flip the whole thing over so the RIGHT SIDE of the lining is face UP.  Place the remaining lining fabric WRONG SIDE UP, directly on top of the zipper.  The RIGHT SIDES of the two pieces of lining should face each other and the zipper should be WRONG SIDE UP. Line up the edges and stitch along the top.  The zipper should be sandwiched, again.  Here's a picture before the sewing and afterwards, opened.

Step 7: Now, *VERY IMPORTANT*, flip it over and open the zipper.

Step 8: Now take the two pieces of lining and line them up with each other, good sides FACING EACH OTHER.  Do the same for the exterior, lining up the edges.  

Step 9:Pin the linings together and pin the exteriors together.  Stitch the sides of the lining together and the bottom of the linings, leaving a 3" section in the center unsewn.   Stitch the sides and the bottom of the exteriors completely.  DO NOT leave an unsewn section in the exterior.
*Just a tip:  On the sides I stitch right alongside the zipper stop to avoid having extra openings on the sides of the zipper.

Step 10: Trim the seams if necessary.  Use pinking shears if you've got 'em.

Step 11: Turn the whole thing inside out through that little opening you left in the lining.  Be careful no to tear the seams.  

Step 12: Now stitch up that remaining opening.  I have yet to perfect this.  I just stitch on top, but doing it that way makes it just a *little* obvious, I think.  If anyone has any suggestions for making this stitch more discreet, please share!  I'm DYING to know!

Step 13: Push the lining into the exterior and VOILA!  A lined, zippered coin purse!  Mine's ready for embellishment!  Silk screen, perhaps?

It wasn't really as hard as it may seem.  I spent a lot of time trying to figure out the order of steps, which I'm not naturally very good at.  Otherwise, it was a pretty simple pouch.  The zipper foot definitely helps!  

I'm terrible at sewing, so if it works for me, I'm sure this will be a breeze for all you skilled craftsters.  

I hope someone will love this.  I know I do!
Message me if you have any problems.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Special Shapes on: July 09, 2004 09:07:09 PM
Okay.  I'm not great at sewing, but I'm dying to be.  I always have a hard time sewing special shapes, especially rounded shapes, like a rounded purse or, in particular with sewing little pieces onto fabric. 
Let me see if I can be more clear:
Let's say I cut out a little bird shape out of felt to sew on top of a purse.  Is there any special way to do it, other than by hand?  I have tried sewing shapes on before with my machine, but I don't feel like I have control, going at the speed a sewing machine goes at.  All my stitching then appears sloppy.  Same goes for rounded purses.  Usually my stitching is more unruly and inconsistent.  I want a clean stitch all around.  Any suggestions?  Or does it just take years of practice to get the hang of it?

4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Skull & Bones Necklace on: June 24, 2004 03:40:33 PM
Hello, Craftsters!
This is my first post, and so I'd like to start by saying how you guys rock!  This is the most supportive art network I've ever had to pleasure to become involved in. 

I'd like to post my newest necklace which I made for my friend Mary.  She loves pirates and she has a strange aesthetic, like me.  So, I made her this sterling silver chain necklace with skull and bones pendants for her upcoming birthday.


Sculpey Colored Clay (black & white)
20 inches of ss chain
3 headpins
1 ss clasp
1 ss jump ring

This was pretty easy to make.  Sculpt the skull & bones and pierce with a headpin.  Bake at 275 for about 20 minutes.  Cool the beads and turn them into charms with one head pin each that should be looped at the end.  Then attach the pendants to chain in any manner you like.  It's so easy to customize this to numerous configurations.  Anyone can make this truly original.

What do you think?  Questions? 
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