Lip Balm Holder tutorial!!!

***A quick tip before we start. I suggest using a woven fabric. I tried with a cotton spandex and it was too thick in spots.***

You will need:

  • swivel hook-I like the ones attached to a split key ring or 1/2″ swivel clips
  • for non directional fabric: 1 piece 7″w x 9.5″-10″h (you really can make them any height) plus interfacing
  • for directional fabric: 2 pieces 7″w x 5″h plus interfacing
  • 1 piece 2″ x 3″ NO INTERFACING

Start by ironing your interfacing on each piece.

*If you are using non directional fabric, hold tight for just a minute!

Take your two pieces of directional fabric and place right sides together. Make sure both pieces are facing the same direction and stitch the bottom only.

After you have sewn them together, fold it in half to find the center. Make a mark. Snip close to your seam but not through. Trim your seam allowance to reduce bulk.

Open the entire thing up. Press your seam down, pushing each side a different direction-this will allow you to nest your seam to reduce bulk.

*Directional or non directional fabric options continue here:

Tip: wash away hem tape helps so much!

Fold the top and bottom edges down about 1/4″ (this is where I use the hem tape).

Fold it in half to find the center. I marked it just so you can see, it’s not necessary! Open it up then fold each side in to meet the center crease you just made. Then fold in half to hide the raw edges.

***If you are doing directional fabric, this is where you want to nest your seam

Topstitch one short end…this will be the top of the pocket, so pick the pretty side! Set aside for a minute.

To make the tab for the top: 3″ is your length and finished width will be 1/2″. Fold the fabric the same way you did the main piece to hide the raw edges. ***You do not need to fold the ends over though because they will be hidden*** Topstitch the open side.

Loop this piece through your swivel clip and set aside for a minute.

Back to the main piece! Fold the end that you topstitched up, so that it is an inch(ish) from the top of the unsewn end. and clip in place. Now tuck the swivel clip into the top edge.

Start sewing at the bottom on the open side. Stitch all three sides, making sure to backstitch at the beginning/end but also at the top (both sides) of the pocket. Trim your threads and you are finished!!!

These little cuties are perfect for lip balms but also for your essential oil rollerballs!!!

I hope you love these and find this tutorial helpful! Please feel free to use this pattern for personal or small business use, but please keep in mind that this was a lot of trial and error…and wasted fabric! LOL I would appreciate if you would link your friends back to this tutorial. Thank you all!

Happy Sewing ~Christy~

WhatchaMaCallit Wallet Tutorial!

I was asked to come up with a cute, little zipper pouch that could hold cards on the outside! After a couple tries, I came up with this design and they really are adorable! It sounded really boring to call it a card and coin pouch, so I asked my Facebook group for suggestions! I got a lot of good ones, but the WhatchaMaCallit Wallet just fit perfectly! LOL They are a really quick and easy sew…but the best part is that you can use up your scraps that you haven’t been able to bring yourself to toss!!! So, today I am going to share my pattern with you!

*I do not mind you using this pattern or sharing it, but would very much appreciate if you gave me credit or linked back to this post.

Before we get started, I will share a little knowledge with you! Bag making seems scary but I promise it’s not…jump in and have fun! Get creative! Patterns are just suggestions, if something seems like a better way to you, do it! Try different interfacings or fabrics. There are so many ways to do things and the beauty of sewing is you can do things the way you like or the way they make sense to you! I use Pellon 950f interfacing for all my bags, but I suggest going into a fabric store and feel the different types to decide what will work best for your project! And try different fabric types…I love using my scrap bin for projects like this! You can use wovens, cotton spandex, double brushed poly and even sweater knit!

Now that I’ve told you to get creative, there are somethings you should not do…at least for this pattern! While you can use just about any fabric for the flat side on this (the neon leopard above is double brushed poly), you should only use a woven for the card slot side. If you use an interfaced knit for the card slots, it will be way too thick in several spots. The next one is not a definite No No, but just a suggestion…especially if you are using custom fabric. If I use custom fabric for the flat side, I make my card slots out of a non custom fabric. The reason being, by the time you fold it up you really won’t see much of the pattern, so there’s really no sense in wasting a 16″ strip of expensive fabric.

*All of the fabric I’m using is from So Sew English fabrics https://sosewenglishfabrics.com/. The neon leopard is double brushed poly that I had left over from a shirt I made, the stripes are a seersucker woven and the blue for the lining I believe was a chambray! This shop is hands down my favorite place to get fabric…the quality is always amazing and the prices are very affordable!

So let’s just dive in! Here are the materials you will need:

  • 4.5″ x 6″ 1 pc main fabric
  • 4.5″ x 6″ 2 pcs lining fabric
  • 16″ x 6″ 1 pc fabric for card slots (this will be big but we will trim it down later)
  • interfacing for all of the above pieces
  • #3 zipper at least 7″ long-I like to go about 10″ and cut it down later
  • ruler and marking pen

Iron all of your interfacing on before you start

We are going to start by making the card slots. Take your card slot piece, turn it to the back and mark the top. Start at the top and draw a line 3″ down, then 1.75″ from there, 2.25″, 1.75″, 2.25″, 1.75″. You should have 6 lines drawn.

Now take the top and fold to the front at the 3″ line. Then fold to the back on the 1.75″ line. Forward on the 2.25″ line, back on the 1.75″ line, etc!

The next step is to topstitch each pocket. Fold the other two out of the way to stitch. You should have nice creases now so it won’t be an issue getting them back in place.

Line all of your card slots back up. Now is the time to adjust them if any look crooked. Sew down both sides very close to the edge to lock the slots in place.

You will notice that the card slot side is bigger than the flat side, so we need to trim it down. Take your ruler and measure 1″ from the top of the first card slot, then trim the top edge. Then measuring from the top, we want it to be 4.5″, cut off the extra at the bottom.. Now all 4 pieces should be the exact same size!

If you slide a card into the slots right now, it will not stay put because the slot is too big. There are other ways of doing this so we don’t have the void on the sides but I wanted a simple project so this is how I’m doing it! We need to stitch both sides of the card slot piece, 1.25″ in on both sides. I have this nifty magnetic seam guide that helps me a lot!

Now we are ready for the zipper!!! Switch to your zipper foot now if you have one. Check your machine accessory tray because they don’t all look like mine. Pull the zipper pull all the way to the left…for now, we will have it hanging over the edge of your fabric, this makes it so much easier to sew! Take a lining piece and lay it right side up, then the zipper with pull to the left teeth facing up and finally the card slots right side down. You are sandwiching the zipper between the lining and card slots. Sew the zipper in place. I line the edge of my foot up with the edge of my fabric/zipper sandwich! Then you will flip the lining and main over so they are wrong sides together and topstitch. Repeat with the other side of the zipper.

Push your zipper pull just inside the outer edge of your fabric and put a couple stitches over the zipper to hold it closed. After you have done this Open your zipper 3/4 of the way…this part is very important!

Next, we are going to match up the two outside pieces so they are right sides together and the two lining pieces the same way.

Fold your zipper tape in half toward the outside pieces and clip. Repeat for other side. Clip all the way around leaving an opening on the bottom edge of the lining. Stitch all the way around (except for the hole in the lining) with a 1/4″ (ish) seam allowance. *I use the edge of my foot as my guide. As long as you use the same everywhere, you really can use any seam allowance you want on any bag!* Make sure you backstitch at the beginning and end, but also over both sides of the zipper.

Trim your zipper ends a little closer (but no too close) to the seam to reduce bulk. Clip all 4 corners…again close but don’t snip your stitching. I like to trim a little off the card slot sides just to cut down the bulk but it really isn’t necessary!

Reach in the hole you left open and gently pull the pouch through, so it is right sides out. Use a stick, pencil, etc to gently poke the corners out (make sure you don’t poke through). And also push out the zipper close to the pull. Fold the seam allowance at the opening down inside and top stitch.

Push the lining down into the main and your WhatchaMaCallit Wallet is finished!

I hope this tutorial was helpful and always feel free to ask any questions you have!

Happy Sewing! ~Christy~

Wristlet Tutorial

This wristlet is a pattern I came up with on my own…after tons of trial and error!!! Please feel free to use this pattern but I would appreciate credit or a link back to this blog if you wouldn’t mind! The plaid main fabric and pink lining fabric is from So Sew English Fabrics https://sosewenglishfabrics.com/ , and the bubbled metallic vinyl and rose gold hardware is from My Punkbroidery https://mypunkbroidery.com/. Check out both of those shops…they are definitely some of my faves!

Cut list/supplies:

  • 2 pcs-4.5″ x 10″ of your main fabric plus interfacing for both
  • 2 pcs-3″ x 10″ vinyl
  • 2 pcs- 6.75″ x 10″ of lining plus interfacing
  • 2 pcs-4″ x 6″ for pocket plus interfacing
  • 1 pc 3″ x 13″ or 2 pcs 2.75″ x 13″ (this is if you are using a thicker fabric) 1 pc should be a thin woven plus interfacing
  • 1 pc 3″ x 2″ for the d ring tab NO INTERFACING
  • 4 pcs 1.75″ x 2″ for zipper tabs NO INTERFACING
  • 3/4″ d ring and swivel clip
  • 10″ (or longer) #5 zipper tape and pull to match

I like to start with the d ring tab and the wrist strap because they are my least favorite! If you aren’t using a thick fabric you can just cut your strap as one piece. If your fabric is thick, you will want to back it with something thinner. You also want to use a thinner woven with no stretch for the d ring tab and the zipper tabs. Fold the d ring tab in half and crease it. Open it up and fold both sides into the center crease, then fold the entire piece in half and topstitch. Add your d ring and set aside.

For the strap- if using one piece fold like the step above. My main fabric is thick so I will be backing it with my lining fabric. Sew the two pieces right sides together down one side. Open it up and fold the same way you did the d ring tab. Slide your swivel clip on, removing most of your clips. I like to slide the swivel clip to the middle and use a sewing clip on each side just to keep it out of the way. Open your ends and match them right sides together. Stitch. Trim your seam allowance to remove bulk.

You now have a continuous loop!!! Fold the sides back in and fold in half. Clip in place. Start at the seam and stitch the open side, then flip it and stitch the closed side, moving your swivel clip out of the way as you go. Flip right side out, slide your swivel down close to the seam and stitch across, as close as you can get to the clip. Set aside.

Next we will prep the zipper. I use zipper tape by the yard but you can use a premade zipper. I personally like to have my zipper a little long and cut it down because it gives me a little wiggle room if something doesn’t end up perfect! Start by taking 2 of your zipper tab pieces. Lay one right side up, lay the zipper on top right side up and then the other tab right side down. Stitch. Flip both pieces right sides out and to the end of the zipper. Topstitch.

For the other end, I lay the zipper on top of one of my main pieces and mark where I want my zipper tab at Tip: I like to have a little bit of the tabs hanging over the edge. Now you will sew this end the same way you did the first end. Trim the tabs so they are the same width of the zipper…this makes it easier to sew later! Set your zipper aside for a minute!

Take your 2 main and 2 vinyl pieces. Lay each set right sides together and stitch. Change your stitch length to 3.5 or 4 and if you have a teflon foot…use it now!!! If you don’t have a teflon foot, you can use tissue paper and just pull it off later. Vinyl is sticky so you will definitely want something to help it glide over. Flip the vinyl down and topstitch.

CHANGE YOUR STITCH LENGTH BACK!!!

To sew the pocket-place both pieces right sides together, start sewing at the bottom and sew all the way around leaving a small hole for turning. Trim your corners and cut down any bulk. Turn right side out. Fold in the bottom and clip closed. Topstitch only the top edge.

Take one lining piece and fold in half to find the center. Find the center of your pocket and place in the center of your lining. Pin in place and stitch around the sides and bottom.

Lay your lining piece with the pocket face up. Place the zipper face up with the pull to the left on top, then one of your outside pieces face down. Clip in place. TIP: you may need to move your zipper pull as you sew to keep it out of the way. Change to your zipper foot and sew.

After you have your zipper attached, flip both pieces back and finger press. Topstitch using your zipper foot. Then repeat with the other side.

OPEN YOUR ZIPPER HALF WAY!!!

Fold your main pieces right sides together, start at the vinyl seams so that it looks nice from the sides. Then fold the zipper tabs together towards the outside (sorry this part is hard to explain). Go ahead and do both sides.

Next we will attach the d ring. Look inside and make sure you are putting it on the correct side first. We want the d ring attached to the side that the zipper is open. Then clip it between both layers of fabric. Finish clipping the rest of the way around. Leave a small opening in the lining for turning.

Stitch around the entire thing, making sure to backstitch over the zipper tabs and the d ring tab. Then you also want to do a second line of stitching on the vinyl. This will take the stress off the seams and hopefully prevent ripping! Trim your zipper tabs to reduce the bulk.

To box the corners, you will need a small quilting ruler and a marking pen or chalk. Reach inside the bag and press the corners out so that the seam is flat. Place your ruler with the 3/4″ mark on the seam. That will give you a finished corner of 1.5″. Stitch with two rows of stitching. Repeat with the other 3 corners. Trim off all 4 corners.

Flip right sides out. Use your finger to poke all the corners out. Also poke out the zipper ends…carefully!!!

Fold the lining opening in and stitch it closed. Push the lining inside the wristlet and add your strap!!!

This little wristlet is such a quick sew but is also so beautiful!!!

Happy Sewing!!! ~Christy~

How to make a key fob!

This tutorial is the way I like to make key fobs! It is most definitely not the only way, but people seem to like them so I just keep making them! Please feel free to share this tutorial with your friends…I really appreciate the visitors here!

These are such a quick sew and make the cutest gift…especially when you give it with a car trash bag! If you haven’t made a trash bag yet, check out that blog post! Here are the items you need:

  • 5″ x 10″-12″ fabric (length is personal preference)
  • interfacing the same size as your fabric
  • 1.25″ key fob hardware

Start by ironing your interfacing onto your fabric.

Fold the fabric in half and press to make a crease down the center. Open it back up and fold each side into the center.

Fold the entire thing in half, making sure to line up the edges. Topstitch down the open side first then the closed side.

Now it’s time to attach the hardware! Start by trimming each end, remove any interfacing peeking out and straighten it up.

Fold it in half~I like to use a clip to hold it while I work!

I have these pliers that work perfectly for key fob hardwarehttps://ilikebigbuttons.com/collections/key-fob-hardware-tool/products/key-fob-hardware-pliers. However, you can use regular pliers too…just use a thin cloth so you don’t leave any grooves in the metal when you clamp! Give it a gentle clamp first, that way you can make sure it’s straight, then clamp it all the way down. Your key fob is done!!! Wasn’t that an easy project?!?!

Now let’s talk about the adorable fabric I used! This was a preorder fabric that I was asked to sew up for promotion and it is from LMB Fabric and Notions https://lmblilymboutique.bigcartel.com/products. The good news about this is that the preorder has started rolling in…which means that retail will be available soon!!! You can join the Facebook group to find out when products will be available! https://www.facebook.com/groups/158658384765426/

~Happy Sewing~

Carissa Clutch

I love Christmas…no seriously, I keep one tree up year round! I was so excited when I was asked to sew up a bag featuring an adorable Grinch zipper pull but I did not know what I wanted to make. I asked in a fb group and someone asked me to try out the Carissa Clutch from Huff n Cuffs patterns…it’s a free pattern so I thought why not!!! https://www.huffncuffs.com/products/carissa-clutch

Let me tell you, this pattern is awesome! The tutorial is very easy to follow and it went together exactly like it was supposed to! It has 6 card slots and a zipper pocket inside, plus the fun vinyl accent outside gives it a very unique look. I highly recommend this pattern…even if you are new to bag making!

Now onto the zipper pull I am supposed to feature! This (and lots of others) are in a current preorder from Zip A DeeDooDah Hardware https://zip-a-deedoodah-hardware.myshopify.com/

Super cute, right?!!! But it is also very nice quality. I knew that I had to pair it with the perfect fabric to make the most Christmas-y wristlet I possibly could…so I pulled out my Who’s Jelly from Backstitch Fabrics! A perfect match!!! And since I love Christmas, the ornaments had to come out for a photoshoot! I mean, if we are doing this we have to do it right!!!

This was such a fun wristlet to make! Go grab the pattern and order some zippers…have fun sewing!