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TUTORIAL: Lil Cutie Pouches

Ask and ye shall recieve!  Here’s the tutorial for the Lil Cutie Pouch.

You need:

  • 8 x 6.25 piece of exterior fabric (interfaced)
  • 8 x 6.25 piece of lining
  • 2 x 3 piece of fabric for key ring loop
  • split key ring
  • 8″ zipper

This one’s quick! Make a couple at a time and keep one for yourself this time (I did!).

{1/4″ seam allowances throughout}

Cut your exterior & lining pieces in half (measuring 4 x 6.25 each, you’ll have 4 pieces)

Take your 2 x 3 piece of fabric, fold right sides together the long way, sew.  Turn right side out and press with the seam in the middle of the fabric.  Press in half to make a loop, baste raw edges together if desired.  Set aside.

Lay down the first exterior fabric right side up, place your zipper teeth side down with the zipper pull to the left.  Lay one of the lining pieces right side down.  Pin if you’d like.  Using your zipper foot sew together.

Flip wrong sides together. Next lay your remaining exterior fabric piece right side up, place your zipper teeth side down with the zipper pull to the right this time.  Lay the remaining lining piece right side down on top of the zipper.  Pin.  Sew.  Flip wrong sides together, press. 

Flip right sides together (be sure to open your zipper about half way now).  Tuck in your tab that you made earlier between the exterior pieces of fabric, with the tab’s raw edges facing out. 

Sew around entire parimeter leaving a 2 to 3″ opening in the lining for turning.

When I’m sewing around the parimeter, I make sure to push the zipper towards the exterior fabric on both sides when sewing across the zipper (zoom in on the above picture if you need to).  Clip corners, trim excess zipper.  Pull inside out through the opening.  Use chopstick to push out corners.  Tuck raw edges of opening in, sew opening in lining shut with small seam allowance, or stitch closed by hand.  Push lining into exterior.  Press. 

Attach your metal key ring, you’re good to go!  Stuff in all those gadgets and whatever else you might need, a camera, cell phone, iPod, you name it.  Let me know if you have any questions, I’d be happy to help.

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Lil Cutie Pouches

Oh, I think these are just too sweet!  I definitely will be making one for myself.  I always say that when I get done making something, but never do.  These lil cutie pouches are just the right size to hold a cell phone, iPod, change, credit cards, lip gloss, whatever!  I also added on a loop with a key ring, handy to attach to a diaper bag or backpack or purse.  How fun. 

I finally decided it was okay to use the japanese fabric that I had gotten a long time ago.  It doesn’t seem so bad now to cut into it and actually use it.  Now I want more japanese fabric of course, go figure.

Yes, the jelly beans, nice touch, eh?  We’ve been busy buying Jelly Bellies buy the pound lately.  Thought it would be fun to throw them in.  Anyway, I have another craft show coming up on Halloween.  I’ve been busily making and making and making.  More to do tonight though, it’s never enough!

If anyone’s interested in a tutorial on these I can get it posted pretty quick…

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Grandma’s Chair, renewed!

I’m really excited to show off this finished chair!  I had fun recovering it with some of Amy Butler’s new Love collection.  I ended up ripping some seams from the old cover to make sure I would have the proper fit.  I just cut the pieces like they were a pattern. 

The chair is pretty interesting, here’s some of the info on the underneath of the seat:

It also came with a handy tool (an allen wrench) secured by a loop, for when you need to take the chair apart.  I needed to replace the foam padding as part of this project as well.  Not sure if I used the right stuff, but it looks pretty good to me.  The old padding was so gross! It had disinegrated into tiny crumbs of sand = not good for sitting.

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Go vote!

It’s time to cast your for the Sew, Mama, Sew Scrap Buster Tutorial Contest! I entered my first tutorial and am very excited to see it on their site, what an honor. There are tons of awesome ideas for all sorts of projects. Click here to vote.  And thanks to everyone for stopping by my tutorial, I hope to get my second tutorial up in the next few days….here’s a sneak peek:

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