Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Pencil Case for Lola Tutorial

Download the pattern for A Pencil Case for Lola at our website. Then follow along with our step-by-step tutorial. Happy stitching!

NOTE: Use accurate ¼” seams unless directed otherwise.


A. Cut project pieces, quilt the fabric, and trim to size.

1. Following the Cutting Instructions on the back page of the pattern, cut out pieces for the project.



2. Sandwich the three 9” x 12” pieces (lining face down, ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable™ or batting, main fabric face up). Pin through the layers every 6” to 8” to hold together. Optional: Before making the sandwich, mark a vertical line from top to bottom in the center of the main fabric to use as a guideline when quilting.





3. Quilt the layers together. Suggestion: Quilt vertical lines 3/4” to 1” apart across the piece. TIP: A walking foot is helpful to prevent puckers when stitching.



4. Trim the quilted piece to 8” x 11”. Stitch ⅛” from edge around entire piece to seal edges.


B. Mark and sew fold lines.

1. Mark horizontal lines from side to side 1” down from the top and 1” up from the bottom.

2. Mark horizontal lines from side to side 3” down from the top and 3” up from the bottom.


3. Sew along each of the marked lines. The finished case will fold more easily along these stitched lines, adding definition to its shape.




C. Sew


1. Attach the border to the case.

a. Mark a horizontal line from side to side 1¾” down from the top.



b. With right sides out, fold the 2¼” x 11” border strip in half lengthwise to 1⅛” x 11”; pin every 3” to 4” along raw edges to hold together.


c. With the fold of the fabric toward the top of the case, align the raw edge of the border strip along the line marked 1¾” down from the top. Sew across long raw edge, stitching ¼” from raw edges.





d. Press the seam to set, fold the border over; press. Stitching ⅛” from the edge, sew the border to the case. Begin stitching on right side, continue by stitching across bottom, and up left side. Finish by stitching across the top, sewing ⅛” from the seam line.





2. Attach the zipper to the case.

a. With right sides together, position the closed 14” (or longer) handbag zipper on the top edge of the case with the zipper pull to the left side and the zipper tape extending beyond the case on each end.



b. Using a zipper foot, attach the zipper to the case, sewing ¼” from the edge.



c. Turn the zipper tape to the inside of the case and finger-press to flatten. Sew along the very edge of the zipper tape. This will close off the raw edges and produce a nice ¼” topstitching on the outside of the case.



d. In the same manner, match the other side of the zipper to the other edge of the case and stitch together, being careful to align the sides of the case so that the sides of the case are even on top and bottom.





e. Open the zipper, fold the zipper tape flat against the inside of the case and stitch down, closing off the raw edges. Leave case turned right side out for next step.





3. Make and attach the handle.

a. With right sides out, fold the 3” x 6½” piece of fabric in half lengthwise to 1½” x 6½”; press to mark the center. Bring the raw edges in to the center fold; press.



b. Fold in half again to make a piece ¾” x 6½”.



c. Sew along each side about ⅛” from edge.


d. Being careful to sew through only the top layer of the case, position the ends of the handle with their raw edges even with the raw edges of the case and their inner long edges along the inside edge of the quilted fabric at each side of the top (open) end of the zipper.



e. Stitch in place.

4. Sew side seams and bind raw edges.

TIP: Wonder Clips work well to hold the layers together.

a. With right sides together, fold case so that zipper is aligned in center of the front. Clip/pin each side together, aligning raw edges on each side. Move zipper pull to inside and sew each side together.





b. Trim ends of zipper even with sides of case.

c. With right sides out, fold each 2” x 5” strip of binding in half, turning raw edges to inside ½” at top and bottom, making two 1” x 4” strips.



d. On zipper side of seams, align raw edges of binding with raw edge of sides of case and sew across.



e. Turn binding to other side of case, enclosing raw edges of seam; stitch along folded edge of binding.



5. Make a boxed bottom and bind edges.
 
a. Fold each corner to form a triangle, with the bound side seam running down the center.



b. Sew a straight line across the triangle about 1” from the tip. Repeat on the each corner. Turn the case right side out and push out all the corners.



6. Make and attach a zipper pull. 
 
a. Fold the 1” x 12” piece of fabric in quarters to make a piece about ¼” x 12”. (A ½” bias tape maker makes this easy.)



b. Sew down the middle of the pull to secure the layers together.



c. Trim one end to a point and pull it through the hole in the zipper pull. Bring the ends together and tie in a knot close to the zipper. Trim any excess fabric.


Enjoy your pencil case!







Monday, June 30, 2014

Just Desserts Pint-Sized Ice Cream Case Tutorial

Download the Just Desserts Pint-Sized Ice Cream Case pattern at our website. Then follow along with our step-by-step tutorial. Happy stitching!

Cutting Instructions


From main fabric cut:

  • body of case — 7” x 12¾”
  • base of case — two 5” x 5”


From coordinating fabric cut:

  • sides of lid — 4½” x 14¾”
  • top of lid — two 5” x 5”


(Optional) From clear, heavy-weight vinyl cut:

  • pocket for label — 1½” x 3¾”


From ByAnnie's Soft and Stable cut:

  • stabilizer/insulation for body of case — 7” x 11¾”
  • stabilizer/insulation for base of case — two 5” x 5”
  • stabilizer/insulation for sides of lid — 4½” x 13¾”
  • stabilizer/insulation for top of lid — two 5" x 5"

Assemble the Case

NOTE: Use accurate ¼” seams unless directed otherwise.

A. Make the body of the case.

1. Center the 7” x 11¾” piece of Soft and Stable on top of the 7” x 12¾” piece of main fabric, allowing ½” of fabric to extend on each side of the Soft and Stable. TIP: Wonder Clips work well to hold layers together.

2. Join fabric and Soft and Stable along both long edges, stitching ⅛” from the edge.

I prefer to stitch from the Soft and Stable side, stitching along the very edge of the Soft and Stable. TIP: A stiletto helps hold things in place as you stitch.

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It will look like this when you are finished stitching.

3. Optional: Add a clear vinyl pocket for a label on the outside of the case.

On the main fabric side, mark a 12¾” horizontal line 1” up from the bottom and vertical lines 4½” in from each side.

Align the clear vinyl pocket between the vertical lines with its bottom along the marked horizontal line.

Stitch in place around side and bottom edges, stitching ⅛” from edge. Do not stitch along top edge of pocket. TIP: Use a Teflon foot to make sewing on vinyl easier.

The label is attached.

4. With right sides together, bring the short (7”) ends of the piece together, making a 7” x 6⅜” piece.With raw edges aligned, stitch together with a ⅝” seam, stitching just through the Soft and Stable and backstitching at each end.

Press seam open.

5. With right sides out and Soft and Stable on inside, bring the long raw edges together, making a piece about 3½” tall x 11½” around. Clip or pin raw edges together to hold.

Stitch layers together, stitching about ⅛” from the edge. TIP: To make this easy, remove the bed of the machine and stitch using the open-arm.

Finish raw edges by stitching all around piece with a serger or overlock stitch. If you attached a label in step 3, be sure it is on the inside of the loop. Set aside.

B. Make and attach the base.

1. Center and trace a 4” circle onto the right side of the one of the 5” x 5” pieces of main fabric, using Template A from the downloaded pattern.

2. Aligning all raw edges, layer the 5” x 5” pieces of main fabric and Soft and Stable in this order:

  • Main fabric, face down
  • Two pieces of Soft and Stable
  • Main fabric with traced circle, face up

3. Stitch ⅛” inside the marked line of the circle, stitching through all layers. See TIP in downloaded pattern if your machine doesn't like sewing through all the layers.

4. For easier cutting, stitch another line of stitching about ⅛” outside the marked line.

5. Cut out the circle, cutting along the marked line.

6. Finish the raw edges with a serger or overlock stitch, being careful to keep fabric flat against Soft and Stable on top and bottom.

7. With right sides together, pin or clip the raw edges of the body of the ice cream case to the base. TIP: LOVE those Wonder Clips!

Stitch together, stitching with the base against the bed of the machine.

8. Turn right side out, pushing out all edges. Set aside.

C. Make the lid of the ice cream case.

1. Center the 4½” x 14¾” piece of coordinating fabric on top of the 4½” x 13¾” piece of Soft and Stable, leaving ½” of fabric extending on each side of the Soft and Stable.

2. Stitch ⅛” from the edge along the long top and bottom edges to join the fabric to the Soft and Stable.

3. With right sides together, bring the short (4½”) ends of the piece together, making a 4½” x 7⅜” piece. With raw edges aligned, stitch together with a ⅝” seam, stitching ⅛” from edge of the Soft and Stable.

Press seam open.

4. With right sides out and Soft and Stable on inside, bring the long raw edges together, making a loop, about 2¼” tall x 13½” around. Clip or pin raw edges together to hold.

Stitch together, stitching about ⅛” from the edge.

Set aside.

5. As directed in Step B above, but using Template B to make a 4½” circle, make and attach the circular top of the lid to the side of the lid using the 5” x 5” pieces of coordinating fabric and Soft and Stable.

D. Insert a pint of your favorite flavor into the case and enjoy. TIP: Soft and Stable is machine-washable and dryable, so just toss it in the laundry when needed.

E. Visit our website to learn about our ByAnnie's Summer Challenge. Then join our event and share an image of your Just Desserts so we can enjoy, too!

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