Friday, April 18, 2008

Making a "Fat Quarters" Craft Project bag-part 2

Warning--image intensive post! (13 images)

Once you have the material, it's easy to get started.
Step 1


Iron the fabrics, (getting rid of the fold lines)

Trim the interfacing and iron it on to the LINING fabric.

IF the lining fabric has a right and wrong side, be sure to iron onto the wrong side! (follow the directions that come with the interfacing for ironing it on to fabric)

It is OK if it doesn't perfect come up to edges.. some of the edges will be trimmed.

But, like any sewing project, the neat and more precise you are in each step, the nicer your finished project will be!

But be aware, not all fat quarters are perfectly 'square' (they don't always have perfectly straight edges, and some are smaller (only 17 3/4 inches, or only 21 1/2 inches) These minor variation don't matter much. the finished bags will be nominal the same size. In my case, the fabric I select for the lining was much smaller than the outer fabric.

Take the zipper out, and iron the zipper tape too, (not required, but it makes sewing it in easier)

Step 2,
Layer the fabrics, place the Right sides together, (wrong side out, facing you).

First the lining fabric goes down, (with right side facing up)
Then place outer fabric down, (with right side facing down)




Pin the zipper in place.


Fold back the edge of the outer fabric, and place zipper down, right side of zipper facing up.
The zipper will be parallel to one of the 18 inch edges of the fat quarters.
NOTE how the zipper extends beyond the edge of the fabric.


The top of the zipper will be at one edge, at the other end, the zipper will extend beyond the fabric.

The front of zipper should be facing up. (you see the zipper pull)

Place it on the lining fabric, about ¼ inch away from the 18 inch long edge.
(you can eyeball 1/4 of inch)



Position the Outer fabric on top, but make sure the edge of the outer fabric lines up with the edge of the zipper tape. Pin the zipper in place


(NOTE how it is pinned.. Pins positioned this way can be 'sewn over' (and removed latter)

(This un even lining up of the fabric will make the lining slightly smaller than the outside.. and that is what you want!)

Turn the fabric over and do the same thing to the other side of the zipper. To do this, you fold the lining and you fold the outer fabric-- (you'll have a tube, with one side of the tube the wrong side of the lining (interfacing showing) and the other side of the tube the wrong side of the outer fabric, (in the center of the tube, will be the zipper)

(the fabric will look like this.. (lining on one side, out fabric on the other side))
Once again, line out fabric edge up with zipper tape, and lining fabric is about ¼ inch away from edge of zipper tape.

You might think, I could save a few cents, and get an 18 inch zipper.. (not a 22 inch one) and Yes, you could, but you'll also increase the effort required to get a neat zipper installation.. its worth the few cents more to use a longer zipper.

Step 3 (sewing!)

Remove the standard foot, and put in the zipper foot.

See how the zipper foot can be moved? (the needle can either be on the left side of foot or right side)

Can you install a zipper with out a zipper foot? Yes.
But it takes more effort to get a nice finish.



Another 'trick' to having a neat zipper install, it to always sew in 1 direction--(in this case all seams will start at bottom of zipper and will be sewn to top (and here is were the extra length zipper makes things easier!)
First, roughly sew in zipper. OPEN the zipper (all the way!)

Place the seam under foot, and starting at bottom, sew in one edge of zipper.

The zipper foot should be on tape/outside edge of seam, and the needle to the left of the foot.

Use the outer edge (the raw edge) as a guide. Sew in first half of zipper

Reposition zipper foot, and sew second seam.

Remove all the pins, and turn the tube right side out.

(outer fabric will be outside, and you'll see the teeth of the zipper..)

You'll have a tube that can be opened, or zipped up!

Reposition zipper foot, and sew second seam.

Remove all the pins, and turn the tube in side out..

(outer fabric will be outside, and you'll see the teeth of the zipper..)

You'll have a tube that can be opened, or zipped up!

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