Today is the first day of school! I know that for you, it is probably the middle of summer, but here in Hawaii, school starts today! So, I sent my 10 year old son, Daniel, to his first day of 5th grade. My Daughter, Jenn, also started school today, but she is a 1st grade teacher! Her daughter, Hailey, is beginning Kindergarten this year, but she doesn't have her first day until Friday, so she gets to spend the day with Grandma! Yay! Grandpa (my husband) gets to start school tomorrow, as he teaches High School and today is only for Freshmen.
Hailey arrived this morning at around 7am. My back was hurting a little, so we started the day with yoga. Just a short easy Warrior Workout by my friend Bethany. (www.fit2b.us) I did some good stretches first and my back feels much better now, thank you!
Hailey loves to look through my fabric and we make things together when she is here, so this is what she decided to make today:
Cute Little Bag
We also got a tape measure and decided on the length of the strap.
Stable fabric (no stretch) in 2 colors and a zipper.
(Note: if you are purchasing material, you can get 2 fat quarters. If you get cut fabric, you will need 1/4 yard each. You will be able to make multiple bags with this. OR you can just get 1 fat quarter and make it the same design inside and out.)
Hailey chose a cute flannel for the outside because she liked the angels. Then she chose a nice blue flannel for the inside. She looked through my zipper box and chose a nice purple zipper. I love that she sings little songs while she looks.
First thing to do is look at the fabric and see if it has an obvious one way design. That means that it makes a difference which way is up. In our case, the angels are flying in all directions, so it didn't matter. If it matters to you, make sure that you place the pattern correctly! We could have made the bag tall and skinny, but Hailey wanted a wide bag. We used our "pattern" and cut out 2 of each color. (I stacked them and cut them all out together.) It is helpful later to leave a pin in the TOP edge of the bag piece. We also cut out a (2" wide) x (length of strap + 2") Ours was 26". (Note: you can "piece" this together if you don't have long enough fabric.)
Then, we took it to the ironing board!
First Iron it flat, then fold in half and iron. Next unfold and fold the ends to the middle (fold) and iron down. Now fold it again so that you have a neat 1/2" strap. Was that a little confusing? Just fold it like bias tape. You could also use a ribbon, cording, chain, etc.
Now we go to the sewing machine!
Uh, well, I obviously already went to the sewing machine before this step, as I had to piece the strap!
Take your ironed strap and sew along the strap from one end to the other. You can use a straight stitch or pick a decorative stitch. Set aside for later.
Ok, so don't freak out about the zipper. This is so easy to do, you will wonder why you don't have zippers everywhere!
Take one outside (pink) and one inside (blue) piece and lay them right sides together with tops matching. Now put the zipper between them along the top edge with the right side of the zipper facing the outside (pink) piece and pin it to keep it together.
Tip: start sewing on the bottom of the zipper side and halfway into your sewing, unzip the zipper so that you don't have a "bump" as you go around the zipper pull! Make sure that you sew it straight across.
Sew the same as before.
Now turn so right sides are out and zip up your zipper. Doesn't it look great? Now top stitch along the sides of your zipper to keep it flat. Keep those stitches even!
Ok, now here is where it might get confusing, but it really isn't, so stay with me. First, unzip the zipper halfway. (don't forget this step!!!)
Grab the outsides (pink) with one hand and the insides (blue) with the other. (That puts the zipper in the middle laying sideways.)
The zipper needs to be pulled to the inside (blue) side. Did you notice that the zipper was smaller than we wanted it? The seam allowance will eat this up.
Now, pin around all sides.
Put in a pin sideways on the left side. (see black pin) so that you don't sew across there, or you won't be able to turn it right side out!
When it is sewn, clip off the corners and trim if you like to make it less bulky.
Now, turn it right side out. Yes, that little hole really is big enough.
Make sure that you push out the corners.
Now that it is right side out, sew across the opening.
Come on, we are almost there!
Next, push the inside (blue) inside the outside (pink).
Ha ha ha!
Isn't it cute?