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Crafty Friday: Exposed Zipper Cosmetic Bag

Summer seems to have finally arrived this week, which has been wonderful. Children leaving school for the summer holidays, plane tickets to exotic foreign destinations being snapped up quicker than you can say “Let’s Sew!” and a lovely helping of warm sunshine. What’s not to love?

Well if this week’s weather has got you thinking of jetting off or booking a weekend away, then make sure you make one of these Exposed Zipper Cosmetic Bags using this handy tutorial, to take with you wherever you go!

This week’s Crafty Friday Tutorial is our lovely Exposed Zipper Cosmetic Bag – don’t they look fabulous? These are the perfect way to upgrade your cosmetic bag without spending too much time or money. They are simple to make in just under an hour and cost under £12.00!

What You’ll Need

  • ​Main Fabric (1 Fat Quarter or 25cm of any material)
  • Inner/Lining Fabric (1 Fat Quarter or 25cm of any material)
  • 25cm of Medium Weight Interfacing (Iron-On/Fusible)
  • 30cm Lace Zipper
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Coordinating Threads
  • Cardstock
  • Pen
  • Ruler

​How to Make an Exposed-Zipper-Cosmetic-Bag

 

  • First of all, you’ll need to draw up your pattern piece. Take your cardstock and pen and start by drawing a rectangle, 10cm x 16xcm.
    • From the shorter edge, measure up 5.5cm and make a mark.
    • Next, draw a line 4.5cm out from the mark you’ve just made.
    • Now join the line you’ve just drawn to the other shorter edge of the rectangle.
    • This is now your pattern, cut it out. On the long straight edge make a note to “Cut on Fold.”
  • Using the pattern piece you’ve just made, pin to the fabric you have chosen to be the main body of the bag, ensuring the edge is placed on a fold – cut x 2.
    • Repeat this step using the inner/lining material
    • Repeat this step using the medium-weight interfacing.
  • Now you have six pieces, cut out and ready to sew. Place the fusible interfacing on top on the main fabric, ensuring that the wrong sides are together.
  • Adjust your iron temperature and settings according to the main fabric. With the interfacing showing, iron gently over the top for a few seconds (or until you’re happy the materials have fused together.)
  • Place the Inner/Lining fabric on top of the main fabric with right sides together, pin along the top edge. Using a 1cm seam allowance, sew along the edge. Repeat this for both sides of the bag.
  • Press the seams flat. Fold over so you now only see the right sides of the material, no interfacing should be showing at this point. Repeat this for both sides of the bag.
  • Open out the lace zipper and pin the tape to the main fabric and lining. The tape should show on the main fabric. Zip back up slightly, so that the zip pull is not poking out the side of the fabric.
  • Using a zipper foot on your sewing machine, stitch as close to the zipper edge as you can. Sew all the way to the end of the material (not the end of the zip.)
    • Repeat the previous two steps on the other side of the bag, so the zip is joined to both sides.
  • Separate the lining materials and main fabrics, so one sits at either side of the zip. On the main fabric stitch a 1cm seam allowance at the bottom edge. On the lining fabric, stitch a 1cm seam allowance along the bottom edge, but leave a gap of 10cm for turning out.
  • Pin the edges of the zipper tape together so they don’t move. Stitch a 1cm seam allowance along both side seams.
  • Pull together the bottom edges to make the bag base aligning the seams and stitch the corners. Do this on both the main fabric and the lining fabric. Stitch using a 1cm seam allowance.
  • Turn the right way out through the gap you left in your lining, press out the corners. Hand-stitch the gap in your lining and hide inside the bag.

And there you go, in just under an hour you’ve made yourself a beautiful exposed zipper cosmetic pouch, hooray! Now to go an fill it up with all of your make-up and cosmetic needs!:)

To make our exposed zipper cosmetic bags we used our polka-dot navy blue chambray we also used one of our fat quarters as well as our medium-weight fusible interfacing.​

We hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and (as always :-)) we’d love to see any that you have made too, so feel free to send those to us via social media or our email address karendelahunty@outlook.co.uk

Happy Crafting and Weekend-ing!

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Crafty Friday: Suffolk Puff Flowers

Oh how we love Friday! 🙂

Phew! Another busy week for us all at Karen Delahunty Sewing & Knitting Centre, lots of alteration fittings, sewing machine demonstrations going on as well as the usual hustle and bustle of the shop. Here we are again though, ready to share another lovely tutorial with you.

​​This week we’ve been making these beautiful little Suffolk puff flowers – aren’t they sew sweet? We think these would make lovely handmade gifts for any occasion. Sew them to a cushion cover to make a lovely home-ware piece, add a headband or hairpin to make a beautiful hair-piece. You could even sew them to bags or blankets or attach them to false stems and create a bouquet that lasts forever! The added bonus is that absolutely anyone can make these lovely little flowers with ease.

What You’ll Need

  • Fabric Scraps or Fat Quarters
  • Buttons
  • Threads
  • Needle
  • Ruler
  • Card
  • Compass (Or any round object to draw around and use as a template.)
  • Pen

How to Make Suffolk Puff Flowers

  1. Draw a circle template on to your sheet of card at the desired size. If you’re using a round object, place on the card and draw around. Cut out when finished. This will be your pattern.
    • TIP: If you want to layer your Suffolk puffs, make two patterns, one larger circle and one a little smaller.
  2. Pin your pattern to your fabric and cut out. Cut as many as you wish to make.
  3. Thread your needle with thread that matches your material, tie a knot at the end. Using a running (or straight) stitch, sew around the circle about 1.5cm from the edge of the fabric.
  4. When you reach your starting point, gently pull the thread to gather the fabric – you may have to do this a couple of times to get the desired amount of gathering. When you’re happy, back stitch (or tie) the thread and cut. Repeat this for all of your circles.
    1. TIP: If you’ve decided to give your Suffolk puff flowers a second layer, you’ll want to attach that now. Lay the larger circle so that the gathers are facing you, place the smaller circle on top – again with the gathers facing you and stitch in the middle to hold them in place.
  5. Choose a button for the centre of your Suffolk puff flower. Thread your needle with coordinating thread and tie a knot at one end.
  6. Decide where to place your button and when you’re happy, stitch the button in place. When you’re done back stitch (or tie) your thread and cut.

And there you have it, your very own Suffolk puff flowers!

To make our Suffolk puff flowers we used our ditsy floral print cotton lawn, we also used our fab cotton and linen blend and our textured yellow cotton lawn.
You could also use any of our fabulous Fat Quarter’s.
We hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and (as always :-)) we’d love to see any that you have made too, so feel free to send those to us via social media or our email address karendelahunty@outlook.co.uk

Happy Crafting and Weekend-ing!

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Fabric of the Week: Mint Green Luxury Crepe

Our ‘Fabric of the Week’ from 12th July 2016 to 16th July 2016 is our Mint Green Luxury Crepe.

Material: Polyester Luxury Crepe
Colour: Mint Green (Other Colours Available)  Width: 150cm (60 Inches)
Recommended Use: Dressmaking
This week, we chose this beautifully lightweight crepe in a mint-green shade for our Fabric of the Week. The material is lovely to work with and of the highest quality. The drape of this material is perfect for making yourself something special for your summer wardrobe.

Price Now: £8.40 Mtr (Valid from: 12th July to 16th July OR as long as stock is available! Previously priced at: £11.99 Mtr – available in other colours too, prices will vary.)

If you’ve bought this month’s Sew Magazine, you’ll have noticed the full page review of Simplicity Pattern 8049 – the same pattern we used to make up this wonderful dress to show off this material. The drape of this material made it the perfect choice for this vintage wrap dress.
Remember you can always purchase any of the patterns, materials or notions that we have used to create this piece in store or online.
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Crafty Friday: Fabric Origami Butterflies

It’s finally Friday (hooray!) 😀

What a week it has been! Our summer sale launched earlier in the week and we’ve been super busy ever since, so it’s nice to have finally found some time to sit with a cup of tea and share this simple and fun tutorial with you all.

This week, we made these lovely sewn-origami-butterflies – aren’t they the cutest things ever! These can be turned in to almost anything; hair accessories, baby mobiles, bunting, accessories and so many other things!

They don’t take a lot of fabric so are perfect for using up scraps or for those fat quarters that you’ve not got around to using – or they could be the perfect excuse to buy more! 😉

You can make these from paper of card or paper too, simply follow the first instruction and then skip ahead to “The Folding Instructions” and remember you won’t need to use fabric, the iron or a sewing machine.

What You’ll Need

  • Fabric x 2 (You can use the same material all over if you prefer, but make sure you cut out two of the pattern you’ll make)
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Hand Sewing Needle
  • Sewing Machine (Optional – you can make these by hand too!)
  • Ruler
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Iron
  • Pins

How To Make Fabric Origami Butterflies

  1. Using your Pen/Pencil and Cardstock, draw a rectangle that is 6” (15 cm) x 4½” (11 cm) and cut out. This will be your pattern to help cut out your fabric.
  2. Pin your template to your chosen fabrics and cut out. Remember if you’re using two different fabrics, cut only one of each; if using the same material, cut two.
  3. Place the right sides of the material together and sew around the edges using a narrow 1/4” (0.5 cm) seam. Leave a 1” (2.5 cm) gap along one of the longer edges – this is for turning out later. Remember to reverse stitch (if using a sewing machine) at the beginning and end to hold your stitches in place.
  4. Trim any excess threads and turn your rectangle the right way through the 1” (2.5cm) gap you left. Make sure to push the corners out neatly – trim the seam allowance if you need to, to make this easier. Sew up the gap either by hand or machine – this part will be on the back of the butterfly, so don’t worry if it isn’t perfect. You can Top-Stitch now at this point if you wish to do so.
  5. Switch on your iron, the temperature will vary depending on the kind of material you’ve chosen. You will only be using the iron for pressing.

The Folding Instructions

  1. Lay your rectangle with the shorter sides pointing horizontally. Fold one of the shorter edges up toward the other shorter edge, so your rectangle is in half. Press with your iron.
  2. Fold one of the longer edges toward the other long edge and press with your iron.
  3. Unfold the last fold you made, pull the right-hand corner of the rectangle down and push inward towards the centre fold, this should create a triangle. Press with your iron.
  4. Flip the butterfly over and do the same as the previous step, on the side that is now facing you. Press with iron.
  5. You’ll now have a triangle shape with two flaps at the bottom. Fold this flaps so that they touch your triangle shape and again, press with your iron. Watch your fingers at this bit, it’s a little tricky!
  6. Unfold the flaps and push them inward on themselves so they are no longer pointing outward. Press again with your iron.
  7. Turn the butterfly around so that the triangle shape is pointing toward you and the edge you just worked on is at the top. From the top pick up one layer and fold down toward the triangle point. Repeat this step on the other side. Once done, press with your iron, be quite firm at this point to ensure it stays in place.
  8. Fold your butterfly in half so that the wings (or the pretty sides) are together, hand-stitch along the centre fold to secure.
  9. Now you have your butterfly you can use some hot-glue to attach a hair-pin, thread several along some wire and attach to an embroidery hoop for a lovely baby mobile or stitch them to bags and purses!

To make our butterflies we used our lovely fully-licensed Disney Mickey Mouse material and our beautiful 100% Cotton printed with red hearts. You could also use any of our fabulous Fat Quarter’s!

​We hope you enjoyed this little crafty tutorial as much as we did! We’d love to see any that you have made too, so feel free to send those to us via social media or our email address karendelahunty@outlook.co.uk

Have a great weekend!

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Fabric of the Week: Asymmetric Jersey Print

Our ‘Fabric of the Week’ from 20th June 2016 to 25th June 2016 is our Asymmetric Jersey Print

This soft and lightweight material is a perfect for making your own flattering and stylish dresses and skirts as well as being comfy enough to make yourself some lounger pants for those cosy days inside. The neutral tones and asymmetric pattern make this a fabric staple for any dressmaker or home-sewer.

We used this material, to make up this fabulous, figure-hugging wrap around dress, using a nice and easy McCalls sewing pattern, #6884 – which you can purchase in store if you want to recreate the look.