I’ve been working on these
for about a day, and I’m getting so excited! Perfect for lounging around or stretching if you’re a dancer.
In order to do this pattern, you literally need to know how to knit a square. So basically everyone can make this. No double pointed needles, no circular, no weird skip three knit together yarn over hand jive stuff!
Relatively straightforward concept, but I really like the fact she made it wearable for work. Working in an office I find myself running out of bottoms to wear! Cute blouses and button downs are easy to find but whipping up a reasonable length, not too tight skirt is a great tool.
diy wrap dress!
wraps like a sari :D
click the image for the how-to!
Perfect for a last minute summer wedding
In this tutorial, they assume you’re using a clear bulb. If you’re using one that is opaque white, here’s a helpful tip to get the paint off.
Once you’ve poked through the top, dump some salt INTO the bulb, cover up the top with your finger, and swirl the salt around. This should scrape off the white and leave you with a clear bulb! Just dump out the salt and paint dust once that’s done.
I’ve used this technique for something else that I used a bulb for and it really does work.
Tutorial on making gift bags from newspaper. Could do this with other paper too!
Gift bags are such an annoying thing to spend on! Like… I already bought the gift why do I need to throw down for a decent looking bag that doesn’t say “BDAY PRINCESS ANGEL LOVER SWEET 16” on it.
Do it with binder paper and you can even write your message directly on the bag!
And who doesn’t have loads of leftover yarn for the straps?
Ok so I’ve seen all these woo-paint-your-own-leather-pouch-this-way-and-that tutorial over and over again, but those pouches from American Apparel aren’t really wallet friendly to be slathering acrylic paint over with the chances of messing up. So with $5 of material from the fabric store, you can whip up one of these faux-leather bags with fabric to spare.
I made sure this was as thorough as possible for all the beginners out there - this is an easy first zippers project too. So buckle down, it’s kind of lengthy because I wanted to make it less work for you.
I’ve had my own issues with zippers and lining, so you’ll just have to trust me with this tutorial. At times it’ll make zero sense… but think of it this way, we’re making a lining pouch and an exterior pouch and shoving the lining into the exterior. Whatever, I took a lot of pictures to help. Also I used a clear ruler to hold down the fabrics… so ignore that the entire way through haha.
7 inch zipper, two 8x9 inch “faux leather” vinyl squares, and two 8x9 inch cotton squares. If you want to make it with different dimensions, just add an inch for seam allowance to the dimensions you want for the final pouch. The 8x9 squares produce a 7x8 bag.
Lay your exterior fabric right side up, zipper wrong side up, and lining wrong side up. With your zipper foot, sew across all three materials at the very top. (I folded the corner over just to show you the layers… but don’t sew it with the corner folded!)
If you’re new to zippers, here’s a tip - unzip the zipper about three inches. Sew for two inches and with the needle still in, lift your presser foot. Wiggle the zipper head closed, this may take a little effort, and then put your presser foot back down and sew the rest of the way through. This way, your zipper won’t be all wonky.
If you open up it should look like this! Yay! Time to repeat! But watch out, this kind of gets confusing when repeating it on the other side:
K so push all your fabrics already sewn to the same side with the zipper wrong side up again. You’re about to do the same thing with the exterior right side up, zipper wrong side up, and lining wrong side up again. Except it won’t just be a zipper wrong side up… it’ll be the zipper with all those other fabrics already sewn onto it. JUST IGNORE THEM! You’re technically sewing on the other side of the zipper.
So, you’re sewing just the exterior, zipper, and lining but the fabrics already sewn to the zipper will be sandwiched in the middle. Again, sew with the little zipper trick at the very top of the zipper.
You should be able to open it so that the two exterior fabrics can face each other wrong sides out and right sides facing each other on the left and the same with the interior fabrics on the right.
Switch to your sewing feet! No more zipper stuff!!!
Sew all the way around the entire bag, and right over the zipper teeth, with the zipper around 2/3s open, but leave the bottom of the lining open! Don’t judge my messy stitches, I’m lazy…
Cut the fabric close to the corners you sewed to create sharper corners when you turn it inside out.
Now reach your hand in that hole you left open at the bottom of the lining and pull the entire pouch inside out. Use a knitting needle or pencil or whatever doo dads are laying around and jab your corners out from the inside so they look a little sharper.
Now fold in the bottom of the lining that’s still open and sew that seam right up. You can just use whatever stitch floats your boat, it’s on the inside bottom of the bag so it won’t be really seen.
Shove that lining in your bag and you’re done!
If you make your own, message me a link to a picture! I’d love to see how yours turned out.
Let me know if you have any questions! Happy sewing!