Monday, June 10, 2013

Bag Tutorial

Bag Tutorial

Well, when I was quilting The Commission quilt it didn't work out how I planned.  Do you see the eyes and the mouth?  I did them to dark and it made it have a harsh appearance.  I got another piece of fabric and painted it and am going to start over.  But I don't want to throw away the beautiful blue fabric and decided to make a bag.

I cut two pieces of fabric both the same size went into my zipper stash and picked a color that looked good.

Have the zipper facing down on the fabric that you want to be exterior fabric.  
Have the lining kiss the fabric.  The lining backside of the fabric should be facing you.  Line up the edges and sew.

When you have sewn the top fabric, zipper, and lining together.  You can sew a nice seam line on top of the exterior fabric.  

Now on the other end kiss exterior fabric to the zipper part where my finger is and do the same idea like the first part of sewing the fabric.  

Hint:  Fold the top fabric on itself and pin to the edge of the zipper.  On the lining side do the same fold it on itself and pin also to the top of the zipper

Have exterior and interior fabrics facing each other with the zipper between them.  Remember to sew the top seam like the first step.  

Now you sew the edges together.  Make sure that the zipper is open.  Also on the exterior sew both sides.  On the interior sew one side completely and on the other side leave an opening so you can reverse the bag.  

When you have turned everything inside out.  Now you can sew the opening you left and sew it together.  

Tuck in the lining into the bag and enjoy your new and useful item. 

YOU can do these bags any size as long as you can find the zipper to fit the size you want.  This is a 12 inch wide and 6 inch wide bag.  

Like I said I did know how to make bags without the lining.  But I checked out this YouTube video and she showed step by step how to do it with the lining.  The building of the bag is her work I am showing you.  Now the quilting is mine.  HeeeHeee.   I did modify to do two less steps.   I didn't want a seam on the bottom of the bag so I fold the fabric in half. 

 I saw this on a YouTube video the channel is

How to Sew a Basic Zippered Pouch


 I think she did an awesome job in explaining step by step how to do these bags with lining.  Check her out.  


Friday, June 7, 2013

Jewelry Making

Rings for fun

I love making things that I can use in my daily life.  Quilts, Embroidery, Jewelry, and Rings. 

So here are some rings that I made out of scrap jewelry.  
This is what it looks like before I cleaned the edges, sanded, and polished the rings.

All these rings are from scrap metals.  Sterling silver and gold. 

Round Ball Ring

The round ball ring is different from what the ring looked like before.  I made it for my daughter two years ago and it broke and the beauty of making something you can always fix it.  Sometimes fixing something is a blessing in disguise.  The opportunity to make something better that when you first made it.  The first time I made her the ring my skill level was younger. I have had much learning in practicing and growth in making other rings or earrings.  

Growth in gentleness

When I first started metal work.  I loved heavy heat and tended to melt my metal and destroy what I was working on.

I now have my own metal smith studio in my house and it's not in a class environment.

Swirl Ring
The second ring which has a swirl on it.  Is such a victory for me because I learned to tame the heat.  I tried when I was learning the soldering skill to have the swirl be an ascent to the jewelry and ended up destroying it.  

Before I would place solder around the swirl and melt the metal because the metal is so thin and fragile  cannot handle the heat.

But learning new way of using the same skill.  I placed the solder on the ring and got it to flow and then placed the swirl on top.  This allowed the solder to flow and connect to the ring without using to much heat.

Purposeful bags

Make-up bags 

I love bags and decide to not throw away my practice fabric and make some for my girls.

These not limited to size cost was only effort and zipper.  We fabric lovers have scrap somewhere in our home..   I love useful thing and this is an example of me doing something out of nothing..

I did this one and I will share a tutorial on how to do a bag with lining.  It is not my tutorial the lady who did it.  Share a video on YouTube and I love how clean and straight the bag is.  It is because of her.