The 15th of the month has whizzed round once again and, unlike last month, I was determined not to let it take me by surprise so had a rummage through my scraps to make something for Scraphappy Day.
Miss Tialys the Younger was visiting again so, continuing her sewing studies, I decided it was time for her to insert a zip. Mean of me I know but if you’re going to sew the time will come when you will need to put a zip in, like it or not.
The project I chose uses scraps of fabric 8 inches x 6 inches and any length of zip which is good as I have a large zip stash bought as ‘mixed lots’ which means I have lengths I will never need and colours I would never want.
I had a small piece of this vintage style Scottie dog design from which I managed to cut two rectangles of the right size.
My ‘student’ chose a piece of cheaters patchwork fabric left over from a quilt I made a few years ago for my god-daughter’s new baby.
This must be the easiest way to insert a zip. If you use one longer than you need it’s easy to keep the pull out of the way until it’s all sewn in.
Then sew the bottoms together and then, NOT FORGETTING TO OPEN THE ZIP HALFWAY (ask me how I know why you should do this!), sew up the sides running the stitches over both ends of the zip a couple of times to secure it. Trim off most of the excess length from each end of the zip.
Turn inside out – through the half open zip! – and fold the corners to achieve the boxy shape you want. I drew a line one inch up from each point and stitched across, then trimmed off a quarter of an inch from the stitch line.
Turn right side out and you have a cute little box pouch to keep little bits and pieces in.
We didn’t line these but you could do without too much difficulty and it would make it more sturdy and more able to stand up alone. Full disclosure, I’ve cheated a bit for the photos and stuffed them full of paper.
My ‘student’ did well too. What next for her? She’s still scared of the rotary cutter so I think we’ll have to do some work with that as I rarely use scissors to cut anything out. I’ll keep the Band Aids ready.
Scraphappy Day is organised by Kate & Gun for anybody who wants to make new things from scraps of any kind – doesn’t have to be fabric or yarn. Here’s a list of participants – both regular and occasional – if you want to have a look at the sort of things you can do with scraps.
Contact Kate or Gun (first names on the list) if you want to join in.
Kate , Gun, Eva, Sue, Lynn(me), Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Tracy, Jill,
Claire, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Kerry, Claire, Jean, Jon, Hayley, Dawn,
Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin,
Vera, Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Bear,
Carol, Preeti, Edith and Debbierose